Just ahead of his headline spot at the CPAC convention in Virginia and the South Carolina primary on Saturday, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump delivered a speech to right-wing broadcasters Thursday night in which the former president vowed to hand power over to the Christian nationalist movement on an unprecedented scale.

Trump said during his speech at the annual conference of the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) in Nashville, Tennesse that he would defend “pro-God context and content” on the nation’s AM radio stations as he told the audience that religion is “the biggest thing missing” in the United States and warned, without evidence, that Christian broadcasters were “under siege” by the left and a “fascist” Biden administration.

“We have to bring back our religion,” Trump declared. “We have to bring back Christianity.”

Striking a Christ-like pose at one point with his arms outstretched as if on a cross, Trump mentioned his legal struggles, including multiple criminal indictments and civil judgements, and said, “I take all these arrows for you and I’m so proud to take them. I’m being indicted for you.”

As Common Dreamsreported earlier this week, right-wing Christian Nationalists operating in Trump’s inner circle are quietly preparing for the prospect of his possible reelection.

In his speech Thursday, during which he also promised to close the Department of Education so that Christian fundamentalists could take over school policy at the state level, Trump said, “If I get in, you’re going to be using that power at a level that you’ve never used before.”

  • @FirstCircleOP
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    There were always religious nutters (Xians naturally) on AM, as long as I can remember, but they used to be a minority. AM was mostly pop music and C&W and talk shows. One thing I now look back on nostalgically was Art Bell’s Coast to Coast AM show that aired really late at night. I used to listen to it on my long drive home from work and he’d have all kinds of crazy conspiracy theorists (UFOs, aliens, Area51 activities) and paranormal “researchers” &etc &etc on the show. Great fun, and despite the conspiracy stuff, largely non-political. Everyone understood it was “entertainment”. You can probably find recorded episodes online. Satan knows what kind of horrible garbage is on AM these days, but I’m not about to go find out either.