Eric Trump says his dad 'literally saved Christianity' in a 'full-out war on faith'

  • Eric Trump said in an interview with the North Dakota radio station WZFG-AM last week that his father, President Donald Trump, "literally saved Christianity." 
  • He claimed Democrats have launched a "full-out war on faith in this country" and said "they want to close churches."
  • His comments were likely in reference to local and state governments closing churches in the midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic as a way to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 
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Eric Trump says his father, President Donald Trump, "literally saved Christianity" from a "full-out war on faith" by Democrats.

Trump made the claim during an interview with the North Dakota radio station WZFG-AM, which aired last week and was first reported on by CNN's Andrew Kaczynski.

"There's a full-out war on faith in this country by the other side," Eric Trump said in the interview that aired Friday but was recorded before news of a COVID-19 cluster at the White House broke.

"I mean, the Democratic Party, the far left, has become the party of the quote-unquote atheist," he added. "They want to attack Christianity, they want to close churches, they want to ― they're totally fine keeping liquor stores open ― but they want to close churches all over the country."

Eric Trump's comment was likely in reference to the closure of churches during the novel coronavirus pandemic, a stay-at-home regulation put in place to help prevent the spread COVID-19.

Evangelical Christians, which have been among the president's most loyal supporters, had called for churches to reopen as state and local governments banned in-person services.

In May, Trump called for churches to be re-opened, saying they were "essential" despite health experts' concerns that indoor events could become "super spreaders" for COVID-19. Through the summer, clusters of cases were tied to church-sponsored gatherings across the country. 

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