Could This Pastor’s VP Pick for Trump Help Defeat America’s Jezebel?

One pastor in Iowa recently suggested that despite, or rather, because of the bitter rancor among Evangelical Christians over Donald Trump that one particular running mate could persuade naysayers to actually support Trump.

Who is this Hawkeye pastor and why should anyone care about his opinion?

In 2012, conservative commentator, Iowan Steve Deace, a #NeverTrump and Cruz supporter, identified the most effective “super-operatives” in Iowan politics. One, he wrote was an “unassuming pastor” of Walnut Creek Church, who “could very well be the most powerful man you’ve never heard of.”

“He could easily mean the difference between victory and defeat for a candidate in a caucus or straw poll … [making him] a formidable player in the Iowa Caucus. But what makes him dangerous to opposing campaigns is the fact that you don’t see him (or his army) coming until it’s too late. Just ask Sam Brownback and Tom Vlassis.”

What Deace doesn’t mention is that both former Sen. Rick Santorum and Gov. Mike Huckabee could not have won Iowa in 2008 and 2012, respectively, without this pastor’s influence.

I met the most powerful man no one has ever heard of when I also first met former presidential candidate and Gov. Mike Huckabee. I joined roughly 100 pastors to retrace the steps of Pope John Paul II and several other leaders to record how faith (in whom or what) influences every single political decision ever made. My conversations with these pastors marked the beginning of incredibly valuable friendships and confidential insight into the world of politics and pastors.

Pastor and author Terry Amann, who endorsed Mike Huckabee for president, suggests that Huckabee is the best vice presidential choice for Trump. He argues:

“Four years ago there were many people saying they would not vote for Romney because he was a Mormon. Instead of reaching out to evangelicals he tried to keep them at arms length. It was reported that two weeks before the election Romney met with evangelical leader Ralph Reed to utilize his database of 17 million evangelicals. But it was too late. Trump has a Romney problem, though not necessarily for the same reasons.

“There are many voices that say they will never vote for Trump. This is why Trump needs to have a VP selection that will put evangelicals at ease. The logical choice is Mike Huckabee. He has a good relationship with Trump. Huckabee has executive experience without the taint of Washington. He is sober-minded and an exceptional communicator. He has had high numbers in favorability polls and he is a known and vetted commodity.

“And, Huckabee has been tested by the Clinton machine for over three decades, and won.”

I reached out to many pastors nationwide to find out if they agreed. Would they vote for Trump, assuming there is no third-party candidate, as opposed to Hillary Clinton? Or would they not vote at all?

The majority of pastors, roughly two-thirds, affirmed that a Huckabee vice-presidential running mate would make it much easier to vote for Trump. Nearly all said they would vote for Trump, and for anyone other than Hillary Clinton.

Rev. Brad Atkins, Senior Pastor of Powdersville First Baptist Church in S.C., best articulated what the majority of pastors said about voting: “To not vote is not an option. As U.S. citizens it is our duty to be a part of what makes our nation so great, freedom. Freedom to vote, freedom to campaign, and even freedom to hope against all hope that there is still time for a miracle.”

Atkins, who supports Cruz, emphasized that he’d “love to hear how Huckabee [would be] able to reconcile such a ticket in his heart and mind.”

Another Cruz supporter, Rev. Thomas Peetz of Word of Life Christian Fellowship, in Concord, N.H., told me, “If Mr. Trump is the nominee and Mike Huckabee his running mate, I would vote for them in a heartbeat. What’s the alternative? A third term of the Obama administration? No thank you.”

And from Las Vegas, Nev., Kevin Boyd, Sr. Pastor of TCM International explained, “Let me be clear, up to this point I have not voted for Trump or promoted him whatsoever. He is obviously not what any of us had in mind, but I would support him, and so would a very large percentage of my church.

“I would definitely vote for Mr. Trump if he’s the GOP nominee before I would vote for Hillary Clinton or waste my vote by writing in another name. The Republican Party is still the party of Life & Traditional Marriage (although, there seems to be a continued rejection within the party of true conservatism). Actually, it is this continued moving within the GOP towards the center/Left that has made a President Trump a very real possibility.

“Having Gov. Huckabee as his VP would make it much more palatable… and quite frankly… be an answer to prayer! This would also solidify my current belief that Mr. Trump is willing to surround himself and be counseled by truly conservative and godly men and women.”

Yet, Executive Director of the Baptist Convention of Iowa, Tim Lubinus, disagrees. And his perspective mirrors that of many #NeverTrump evangelicals. He told me:

“A Trump/Huckabee ticket will change my opinion of Huckabee. Even though we all knew for least a month before the Iowa Caucuses that Huckabee would not prevail this cycle, he has failed to use his considerable God-given talent, skills, and reputation to support the only conservative candidate with a path to the nomination. So far Huckabee seems to be using his resources to undermine rather than support Ted Cruz. If Huckabee joins with a candidate who undermines many of the values that Huckabee claims that he holds, he will make a Hillary Clinton presidency more likely and only confirm my fear that he has made a deal to compromise himself, our Constitution, and our country for a hellish stew of power, fame, and greed.

“Right now, my plan is for neither to get my vote. Anyone who really doesn’t want Hillary to be president should do everything they can to support Ted Cruz.”

While the responses I received are too numerous to cite, perhaps the very best perspective is one offered by J. Matt Barber, Assoc. Dean and Professor of Law at Liberty University. Barber asks if God’s chosen for America, “a King Cyrus? A man, or woman, who has yet to display through word or deed a heart broken and a will surrendered – a life marked by humility and repentance? [If so,] please surround him with men like Daniel.”

Could America’s next leader, Barber asks, be another Saul of Tarsus? If so, he pleads, “Break his/her heart and give us a President Paul. If done before the eyes of the world, oh what a testament to the transformative power of Christ!” He also asks God to spare America from its “just deserts – an unrighteous leader, an Ahab or a Jezebel.”

According to Amann, “When people say to me ‘Never Trump’ I ask them if that opinion would change if Huckabee were on the ticket. The answer is almost always positive.

“What’s more, is that Huckabee understands what the Republican Establishment does not–that there is a revolution underway and Trump is leading it. Trump would do well to add a general like Huckabee to the ticket sooner than later, and then, together, we can say, ‘#Never Clinton’.”

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If these pastors’ responses bear any indication, Huckabee might be a sure bet to help elect a Cyrus or a Paul, rather than a worse successor of America’s current nemesis, Ahab: an evil queen Jezebel. (For more from the author of “Could This Pastor’s vp Pick for Trump Help Defeat America’s Jezebel?” please click HERE)

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  • G03Maxine

    I agree 100% with Tim Lubinus (Executive Director of the Baptist Convention Iowa) … who, when questioned on whether Trump reluctantly deciding to install Huckabee as his VP (as a sort of inducement to Evangelicals to vote for him as supposedly being the lesser of two evils) … insightfully pointed out that:
    “A Trump/Huckabee ticket will change my opinion of Huckabee. Even though we all knew for least a month before the Iowa Caucuses that Huckabee would not prevail this cycle, he has failed to use his considerable God-given talent, skills, and reputation to support the only conservative candidate with a path to the nomination. So far Huckabee seems to be using his resources to undermine rather than support Ted Cruz.
    If Huckabee JOINS WITH A CANDIDATE WHO UNDERMINES MANY OF THE VALUES that Huckabee CLAIMS that he holds, he will make a Hillary Clinton presidency more likely and only confirm my fear that he has made a deal [with the devil] to compromise himself, our Constitution, and our country for a hellish stew of power, fame, and greed” [emphasis mine].
    I also agree with Tim Lubinus, as he sagely concludes that:
    “Right now, my plan is for NEITHER to get my vote. Anyone who REALLY doesn’t want Hillary to be president SHOULD DO EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO SUPPORT TED CRUZ” [emphasis mine].
    Thank you Tim Lubinus — you “good and faithful servant” of the Living Elohim!

    • ArmyCombatVet

      While your at it look up Rafael Cruz fraudulent history in Cuba and how that affects little Ted! I got the site to visit which I don’t remember, something about wolf in sheep’s clothing. It really opened my eyes to the fraudulent persona!

      • G03Maxine

        It appears that you didn’t supply the link that you were referring to … so that I can see for myself the particular one you are referencing. If you do, then I will check it out … and decide for myself. Otherwise there’s nothing but ambiguous and uncorroborated innuendo.

  • wandamurline

    Trump will do better with Ben Carson.

  • Nam1

    I’ve always liked Huckabees candor and straight talking points, and yes he would help Trump garnish the evangelistic vote… The question is, will he do it.

    • G03Maxine

      If Huckabee has already stooped to endorse the Duplicitous Don over the Elohim-fearing, and loyal Statesman Ted Cruz, then why question whether he would eagerly pounce on the offer … in a New York heart-beat?

      • Nam1

        If is correct, and how strong a heart

  • MikefromNC

    So just put some lipstick on the pig, huh?

    Sorry, Trump would still be a pig. Would it matter if Hillary chose a palatable running mate? Nope.

    But, with the degree of naivete and gullibility shown so far by “Republican” voters, who knows? They are falling for the con man in droves.

    • Linda

      Not me, but, the way I see it, if God used an ass in the Old Testament to speak, guess He ( God ) could use one now days.
      Cruz is my pick. Certainly NOT hitlery or the other dude.
      I hope I’m wrong, but, I believe that If God does not intervene, obozo will declare martial law & call off the election. The signs are all around. The black lives don’t matter crap are paid by george sorass. He has stirred up trouble between blacks & whites, between blacks & cops & now bringing in the rag heads to cause trouble. This is all well planned to create a “crisis”. The book, Rules for Radicals says , never let a crisis go to waste.

    • dufus

      What a jerk! We know you dimwits are among us. That is why our country is the laughing stock of the world today! Any other candidate owes the special interests. Cruz is as crooked as Hillary!

      • MikefromNC

        Oh yeah, I’m the problem.
        Go get some more Kool-Aid, it’s almost time for another cult meeting.

    • Richard Hennessy

      Well said!!

  • Greg Stoddard

    Trump-Huckabee–Trump-Carson–Trump-Cruz and some other combos would be good teams despite the rhetoric from ‘purists’ which if to continue causes another GOP loss.
    Too bad neither Trump or Cruz can manage to be civil. Shame on both of them for acting like clowns! Yes, I said shame on Cruz too! If I approved of the circular firing squad we keep seeing, my advice to Trump would be to respond to Cruz’s name-calling ”Sniveling coward” in a tweet, (Cruz speaking) I don’t often get angry, but when I do, I drink Canadian Ale!!

    • MikefromNC

      With respect, to lump Trump and Cruz into the “uncivil” category together insinuates they are somehow equally culpable. This whole “wives” controversy is 100% Trump initiated. All Cruz has done is respond to the lies being told about him and the completely uncalled for attack on his wife.
      Trump is a narcissistic NY bully who is accustomed to having people kiss his… ring because they want his money.
      As are most bullies, he IS in fact a “sniveling coward”. The only thing he knows to do when challenged is to make personal attacks. That’s because he is another empty suit when it comes to geopolitical issues,The Constitution, and The Bible.
      Cruz is neither impressed nor intimidated by him. Why would he be? There is nothing there.
      The incredible part is the so called “conservatives” are falling for his con.

      • Greg Stoddard

        I’ve said before, I support folks like Sherrif Arpaio and not the establishment elitists like Romney etc who’d elect Hillary over Trump. They put themselves above us and our country! I challenge you to say publically that you will, as many are saying they will, elect Hillary over Trump. This is a circular firing squad! Shame on all of the candidates, even the beloved Ted Cruz, he’s as guilty as Trump. They both should desist immediately. Damage may be beyond repair, but I’d still like a Trump-Cruz ticket, have said that for months. Hard to join liars and cowards though right?

        • MikefromNC

          I detest Hillary Clinton and all she represents. i would never vote for her. I like Sheriff Joe and I never cared for Romney as a politician. Or McCain or Dole. So, for whatever all that is worth, there it is.
          Now back to the topic at hand; namely your moral relativism argument that Cruz is equally to blame for the gutter sniping.
          If he didn’t respond to Trump’s lies, he wouldn’t be much of a husband or dad. In you book, if he does stick up for his wife, he’s just as guilty as the attacker. Interesting.
          Look at it another way… which candidate did Trump NOT attack personally? (even insinuating his new BFF Carson was a pedophile)

          • Greg Stoddard

            Mike, I’m not keeping score, so I’ll concede on the point of unequal % sniping. I think you and I agree that the childish ego-driven attacks must stop and should never have been a part of this regardless. When the Democrat candidates conduct themselves more ‘Presidentially’ we’re in trouble. Cruz could have responded without name-calling. The ”sniveling coward” response was totally childish. They both should take advice from their wives who are probably cringing at all of this!

          • MikefromNC

            The name calling back and forth shouldn’t be a part of a Presidential process, no doubt.
            What would be great is a man to man, face to face debate on the issues, which is what Trump said he couldn’t wait for.
            Seems he’s now dreaming up any excuse he can to keep from actually having to engage Cruz on issues. Cruz has said anywhere, anytime.
            Happy Easter! He is risen!

          • Greg Stoddard

            Yes, Happy Easter….the eternal and everlasting love Jesus showed us is always alive.

    • Richard Hennessy

      What’s wrong with calling a “sniveling coward” a “sniveling coward”? Trump stands convicted by his own words and actions.

      • greg stoddard

        It’s fine I guess, let’s give as much amunition to the circular firing squad as possible!….really?

    • painetcirques

      It is the [justifiably] angry folks who are so desperate to believe Trump’s grandiose promises they will overlook every red flag warning he is not who they think he is who will cause another GOP loss. Trump is even more divisive and polarizing than Obama. He cannot beat Hillary. Unite behind Ted Cruz: His policy proposals are similar to Trump’s, but Cruz actually means what he says. Trump is just shock-jocking for his own self-interested purposes.

  • painetcirques

    Trump’s “evangelical problem” is just one piece of his high-negatives puzzle. I’m a conservative Catholic woman who will never vote for Trump. The addition of Huckabee — or Carson — to the Trump ticket would make zero difference to my decision to boycott Trump.

  • CSN

    I love Mike Huckabee but I also love Ben Carson…both good choices.

  • CaptTurbo

    Trump and Huckabee would be quite the team of big government. Not for me. I want a President who honors and respects the Constitution and that man happens to be Ted Cruz.

  • Randy Tucker

    A Trump-Huckabee ticket would be great — as would Trump-Carson.
    However, CRUZ IS NOT ELIGIBLE to be either President or VP — at least according to the document that SHOULD govern the US (the US Constitution). Cruz is NOT a “natural-born citizen” — he’s just a “regular” citizen that qualifies him to be Senator, NOT President.