United States – Energizing the Christians to support him for the 2024 presidential election, Former President Donald Trump explained Christianity in military terms, describing it as a battle to save the country and likened it to the great battle of World War Two.

In Nashville, at a religious broadcasters’ forum, the Republican frontrunner for the presidential nomination emphasized that the US was on the brink of something as dangerous as D-Day or the Battle of the Bulge and declared that God had a role to play in saving the country, as reported by Reuters.

Divine Role in Victory

“Today we are in another struggle for the survival of our nation,” Trump said at an event organized by the National Religious Broadcasters Association.

“This time, the greatest threat is not from the outside of our country; I really believe this: it’s from within.”

“I am here today because I know that to achieve victory in this fight, just like in the battles of the past, we still need the hand of our Lord and the grace of Almighty God.”

2022 Presidential Campaign Narrative

Trump, in his presidential campaign that started late in 2022, portrays the country as in an apocalypse so as to erode the popularity of the current president, Joe Biden, and pave the way for his likely re-election as another bid for the White House office, as reported by Reuters.

At times, Trump has chosen to depict the November choice as that of good versus evil and one that appeals to his core base of conservative Christian voters, whose language he often puts forth.

Conservative Christian voters give the president credit for a string of victories like a series of policy victories, including the US Supreme Court’s decision overturning the constitutional right to abortion.

Donald Trump, thrice married, maintained that support on his way to a criminal trial next month on NY charges, allegedly stemming from hush money paid to a porn star. It is one of four criminal prosecutions Trump faces, along with his attacks on them all as politically motivated.

“I’m a very proud Christian, actually,” Trump said. “I’ve been very busy fighting and, you know, taking the bullets, taking the arrows. I’m taking them for you, and I’m so honored to take them; you have no idea.”

By labeling the prosecutors “bad people,” Trump tried to unite his supporters by inciting worries that the Biden administration would target Christians and their groups, even though there was no proof to back up this claim.

“Christians, they can’t afford to sit on the sidelines in this fight,” Trump said. “The radical left is coming after all of us because they know that our allegiance is not to them. Our allegiance is to our country, and our allegiance is to our creator.”

Strategic Timing in Nashville

The fact that the former president has visited Nashville is not accidental. The state is one of many participating in “Super Tuesday,” the biggest day of nominating contests, on March 5, as reported by Reuters.

Trump has the largest lead of all current Republican candidates who are running against Nikki Haley. He is ahead by 30 percentage points in South Carolina’s first-in-the-South primary on Saturday, according to the polling average that FiveThirtyEight holds.

In his speech, Trump addressed people who are in jail for the January 6, 2021, Capitol attack as “hostages,” reusing the language he has used several times before in which he is accommodating his supporters who were involved in the riot.