A pastor at a Trump rally in Ohio on Saturday prayed to God to extend divine protection over President Donald Trump against what he calls “jungle journalism.”
Gary Click’s invocation stemmed from the president’s contentious relationship with the news media; or “fake news” as the president calls it.
Just last week, a crowd at a Trump rally in Tampa, Florida, chanted “CNN sucks, CNN sucks” during a live segment between CNN reporter Jim Acosta and anchor Wolf Blitzer.
With the growing distrust of mainstream media, Acosta issued a rallying call to journalists to march and chant in the streets that they’re not the enemy of the people.
The relationship between the president and CNN has continued to deteriorate. Last month, CNN reporter Kaitlin Collins was banned from an open press event. Also, exchanges between Acosta and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has also continued to be quarrelsome.
Here’s what Click said:
"Tonight, I pray that You will protect our President and his family with a shield of faith, Lord, that shield of faith against the fiery darts of the wicked one, Lord, against that jungle journalism (that) extorts the truth and distorts honesty and integrity every single day, gets in his face with lies and mistruths and innuendos," Click said.
"Lord, protect him," he continued.
Who is Gary Click?
Gary Click is a pastor and a member of the Ohio GOP’s State Central Committee.