- The Washington Times
Sunday, October 18, 2020

LAS VEGAS — President Trump attended a service Sunday at a charismatic Christian church, where a preacher prophesied that he would win a second term and Mr. Trump made a big cash donation to the collection bucket.

Mr. Trump, who is on a three-day campaign swing of Western states, sat in the front row at the International Church of Las Vegas as church leader Denise Goulet told the congregation of her dream in which the president’s victory was foretold.


In the dream, God told her that Mr. Trump is getting “a second wind” for his run that would carry him through the campaign.

She said it had multiple meanings, including “that he will be the president again.”

“The Lord said, ‘He is ready for the next four years and he will have a second wind,’” she said. “The second wind — with a D — is the Holy Spirit.”

When the collections buckets were passed around, Mr. Trump put a handful of $20 bills into the plastic bucket.

Paul Goulet, who leads the church with his wife, said the offering support ministries for the poor and unemployed in Las Vegas, including a food bank.

Later Sunday, the president held a campaign rally in Carson City as he tries to flip the state that he lost in 2016 by 2.4 percentage points. Democratic presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden is leading Mr. Trump in Nevada by an average of 5.2 points in the Real Clear Politics average of public polls.

The church in Las Vegas describes itself as a multicultural, healing, prophetic church, all about giving the grace of Jesus to the community. Mr. Trump stayed for about an hour at the service, which included a full band on stage and several preachers who praised the his leadership.

At one point, Mr. Goulet said the election of Mr. Trump in 2016 had answered his prayers. He listed about 10 reasons why Mr. Trump was a blessing to America, including giving a voice to the church and a voice to the unborn.

The reference to Mr. Trump’s pro-life stance sparked loud applause.

The preacher also said Mr. Trump was a blessing for moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, appointing judges with conservative and Judeo-Christian values, making America energy independent, promoting school choice and bringing jobs back.

He also led the congregation in blessing Mr. Trump. Congregants stretched out their arms, palms down, toward the president.

“We bless this man,” said Mr. Goulet, adding blessing for police officers, the Secret Service, Mr. Trump’s staff, the first lady and their son.

Several hundred people were in attendance but the cavernous church was not filled. Mr. Goulet said Mr. Trump was not a visitor to the church but “a member” since it was his third time attending the services.

In between the church service and the campaign rally, Mr. Trump made a quick side trip to Orange County, California, for a last-minute fundraiser that underscored his surprising cash disadvantage against Mr. Biden. Tickets to the president’s $11 million fundraiser in Newport Beach — which featured a live performance by the Beach Boys — started at $2,800 per person at the lowest access levels, up to $150,000 per couple at the highest.

Mr. Trump appeared with Richard Grenell, his former ambassador to Germany and former acting director of national intelligence, at a lunchtime roundtable and reception. The fundraiser was hosted at the home of Palmer Luckey, a 28-year-old tech mogul who said he was forced out of Facebook due to his conservative views.

The rare campaign trip to a state he won’t win showed Mr. Trump’s urgent need for campaign cash. In the third quarter, Mr. Biden raised $383 million — $125 million more than Mr. Trump.

A large crowd lined the street outside the fundraiser, with scores of people shouting disparaging comments at journalists traveling with the president. Several men yelled, “Fake news!”

A man called out: “Where’s Hunter!”

Another man yelled: “The computer is real,” and “Don’t spin this event.”

“The lying press has arrived,” an older woman in a golf cart called out.

On Monday, the president will visit Arizona for rallies in Tucson and Prescott. Although Mr. Trump won the state in 2016, a new CBS News poll released Sunday showed Mr. Biden leading by 3 percentage points 50%-47%, an amount that falls within the poll’s 4.1-point margin of error.

⦁ Dave Boyer reported from Washington.


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