CLEVELAND - During his acceptance speech Thursday, businessman Donald J. Trump credited Christian evangelicals with helping him obtain him the GOP's 2016 presidential nomination.
At this moment, I would like to thank the evangelical and religious community because I’ll tell you what, the support they’ve given me, and I’m not sure I totally deserve it, has been so awesome and has had such a big reason for me being here tonight. True, so true.
Trump then focused on an issue evangelicals have conveyed to him as their top issue:
They have much to contribute to our politics, yet our laws prevent you from speaking your minds from your own pulpits.
An amendment which, by Lyndon Johnson, many years ago, threatens religious institutions with a loss of their tax-exempt status if they openly advocate their political views. I am going to work very hard to repeal that language and protect free speech for all Americans.
Earlier in the day Dr. James Dobson, of Focus on the Family fame, endorsed Trump and earlier in the evening prominent Trump supporter Jerry Falwell Jr of Liberty University spoke on Trump's behalf.