The federal investigations into President Donald Trump and his associates have been described by Trump, and those loyal to him, as a "witch hunt."
But one pastor in Alabama is entertaining exactly the opposite: he believes that Trump's problems are the result of witchcraft.
According to AL.com, Pastor John Kilpatrick of Church of His Presence led his congregation in a prayer to protect Trump from the witches who are secretly working to take him down.
"When Elijah faced Jezebel, he was facing witchcraft … What’s happening right now in America, is witchcraft’s trying to take this country over. It’s witchcraft that’s trying to take America back over." he said.
He added, "I am not being political, but I don’t see how President Trump bears up under it. He is as strong as I've ever seen a man be. But here’s what the Holy Spirit said to me last night and what He said for me to tell you. He said, ‘Tell the church that so far, Trump has been dealing with Ahab. But Jezebel’s fixing to step out from the shadows.’ That’s what the Lord said to me."
"Witchcraft was in full control and witchcraft was what knocked Elijah out of his position, took him out of power," Kilpatrick continued. "Oh my God. I heard the Lord say there’s going to be an attempt to take him out of power. Let’s stand and pray right now."
A Pentecostal minister whose denomination is known for faith healing and speaking in tongues, Kilpatrick claimed in an interview with AL.com to be a registered independent but a Trump voter. He also attempted without great success to clarify his position, saying "It’s not a witch after him, it’s a spirit of witchcraft trying to muzzle him."
This sort of rhetoric is common among a certain fringe element of extremist Trump supporters. Lou Engle, a member of the pro-Trump dominionist "POTUS Shield" network, has been praying for God to eliminate liberal judges and said that people protesting Trump's move to fill the Supreme Court vacancy are "cursing" senators with "brazen witchcraft."
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