Republican Anti-Trump Campaign Calls President 'Utter Failure,' Urges GOP Christians to 'Resist'

In the latest from the Republican Voters Against Trump (RVAT) campaign, the group called the president an "utter failure" and urged GOP Christians to "resist being used to justify things that Jesus would never justify."

The coalition of Republicans and former Republicans want to stop President Donald Trump from being reelected in the November election and hope that the inauguration of Joe Biden as the next American president will allow the Republican party to "begin a post-Trump future."

In an interview with DW News, the political director of RVAT, Tim Miller, said Trump has been an "utter failure," citing the president's response to the new coronavirus pandemic and the country's deteriorating relationships overseas with foreign allies.

"He has degraded the office of the presidency to a degree that would have been unimaginable five years ago," Miller said.

Miller, who said he's been a Republican his "whole life" said he thought Trump was a "joke" when he first heard about his campaign for presidency in 2016. Miller had been working on Jeb Bush's campaign in the Republican primary race at the time. Watching Trump propel racist rhetoric at former President Barack Obama and Mexicans in the country made it clear to Miller that the president was "obviously every level unqualified for the job."

"His personal character is beneath what I thought we should expect for a president," he added.

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Demonstrators against President Donald Trump on July 11, 2020 in Sterling, Virginia. Efforts from groups like Republican Voters Against Trump, a Republican anti-Trump campaign, are calling on Republican voters to keep Trump from holding a second term in office. Alex Edelman/AFP

An ad released Tuesday from the Republican anti-Trump campaign declared to Christian voters across the county that "Trump is using us."

The ad, which is slated to run in North Carolina on Fox News this week, mentions Trump's photo opportunity with a Bible in front of St. John's Episcopal Church last month. Trump was widely criticized after law enforcement teargassed a crowd of protestors in Lafayette Park to clear the way for the president to walk to the church.

"The moment that he held up that Bible, he revealed this president is using us. Christians have to resist being used to justify things that Jesus would never justify," a man named Pat, who is also identified as a Republican voter in the ad, says to the camera.

The ad will also be circulated online to "evangelical and Christian swing voters in the battleground states."

Trump's approval rating among evangelical voters has dropped six points since April, according to data from the Pew Research Center. A survey released earlier this month showed the president has the support of 72 percent of white evangelical protestants in the U.S.

"What's going on now is wrong, and as a Republican, as a Christian, we simply cannot allow this man to be reelected," a GOP voter named Shawn says in the ad from the RVAT campaign.

"I'm happy to be part of the effort get rid of him," Miller said. "I look forward to voting for Joe Biden."

Newsweek reached out to the White House for comment but did not hear back before publication.