Pro-Trump Televangelist Kenneth Copeland Says Devil Is Trying To Steal Election, Kill Babies

Televangelist and ardent Donald Trump supporter Kenneth Copeland has claimed the devil is trying to steal the election so he can "kill babies and destroy the nation's youth."

Speaking live on Victory Channel on Sunday, the multimillionaire televangelist made an impassioned speech about the U.S. presidential election and the huge cyber attack on businesses and government agencies.

Copeland said the devil "came to steal, to kill and to destroy" and "the wisdom of God has been functioning in Donald John Trump."

A clip of the election rant has been viewed more than 36,000 times on Twitter, and video of the full speech has been viewed another 18,000 times on Facebook and YouTube.

It comes after the 538 members of the Electoral College met to cast their ballots for president and vice president, formalizing Joe Biden and Kamala Harris' victory.

It is the week before Christmas and televangelist Kenneth Copeland's Eagle Mountain International Church dedicated the entire sermon during its morning service to ranting about the election. pic.twitter.com/j8JsEK8mRe

— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) December 20, 2020

Trump has refused to concede and continues to make unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud. He has repeatedly said Democrats are trying to "steal the election" after losing to Biden in the November poll.

Meanwhile, Copeland continued to pedal stolen election claims during a live show on Sunday, saying that the devil has come to thwart a Trump victory.

The televangelist said: "The wisdom of God has been functioning in Donald John Trump and that's the reason they want him out of there so bad because the swamp is being drained and they are being found out. That's what has them so frightened."

He continued to say the devil's work towards this began on "the day that George Washington said we will be your people and you will be our God."

Copeland said: "That is when the devil found out he better get busy. He knew it that day that this is going to happen right now because he knows the beginning from the end and we win."

He added: "The spirit of the devil and there are certain people who follow him all the time. He came to steal, to kill and to destroy.

"He came to steal this election so he can continue to kill babies and destroy the youth of this nation. But he can't get it done. And neither do those that follow him for their destruction is in their mouths, in their hearts and in their mouths."

'Our hackers are better than their hackers'

Before his claims about the election, Copeland began his speech by addressing the recent cyber attack on government agencies and American businesses.

News of the cyber attack broke last Sunday, after hackers who were allegedly Russian gained access to SolarWinds' software as far back as March. The hackers managed to install malware in an update of the company's Orion software which was then downloaded by thousands of clients—compromising top federal agencies as well as hundreds of private companies.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) under the Department of Homeland Security warned on Thursday that the cyberattack poses a "grave risk" to the U.S. government.

Copeland responded to the attack by saying: "Our hackers are better than their hackers. We've got the best hackers in the world.

"They are only telling you the dangerous side. I can tell you who is in danger and it's China. I can tell you who is in danger and it's Russia. I can tell you who is in danger and it's Cuba. Glory to God."

He later rounded off his speech by saying: "Our god is the supreme hacker. He can read their code," in reference to the devil and his followers.

Copeland's manic laugh goes viral

The comments are the lasted from Copeland to make headlines after a clip in which he laughs manically at media reports that Biden won the election went viral.

"The media said what?" Copeland, a supporter of President Donald Trump, is seen telling an audience in the clip before bursting into laughter.

"The media said Joe Biden's president!" Copeland continues, before repeatedly saying "haha" for at least 30 seconds and prompting the audience to applaud and stand up.

The clip, posted on Twitter by Right Wing Watch on November 8, quickly racked up millions of views.

Televangelist Kenneth Copeland laughs at the media for declaring that Joe Biden has won the election and will become president. pic.twitter.com/ARHqmsEbo7

— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) November 8, 2020

This week, the televangelist faced a severe backlash after posting a tweet in which he incorrectly explained how to light a menorah and celebrate Hanukkah.

In the since-deleted tweet, Copeland inaccurately explained the process of lighting the traditional candles for the Festival of Lights.

He wrote: "On the first night of Hanukah, the eighth candle on the menorah is lit. This is the servant candle and it's used to light the other candles. As witnesses, we are the servant candle. It's through us the message of Jesus is multiplied. Let your light so shine among men."

But as Chabad.org points out, the first candle lit for Hanukkah is actually the shamash, which is the elevated candle on a menorah, which is used to light the others. Chabad also explains that the left-most candle is lit first (although candles are added from right to left, which may explain Copeland's confusion).