Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, voiced prayer requests for God’s guidance, as well as for continued health, during the final days running into the election.
When CBN News Chief Political Correspondent David Brody asked the billionaire in an interview what he needed prayer for, his first request was for God’s wisdom, followed up by a call to cover the nation with God’s blessing.
“I would say I would like them to pray for guidance and to pray for our country because we need prayer – now almost more than we’ve ever needed it before,” Trump answered.
Melania’s request focused on her husband’s continued physical strength through the battle for the White House.
“Well, we always say health,” the aspiring first lady responded. “That’s the most important because if you have health, you keep going and keep fighting.”
In the face of opposition
Brody then turned his inquiries toward Trump’s rival, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
“You know Hillary wants to run up the score on you?” the Christian reporter posed. “Democrats might be a little cocky,”
Trump disagreed, contending that major battleground states were turning in his favor.
“I don’t think they’re cocky anymore,” the businessman countered. “Now it looks like we’re leading Florida – could be leading Florida big.”
The Washington, D.C.-based reporter proceeded to bring up other key states that the Clinton campaign is targeting to swipe out of Republicans’ hands.
“They are out playing in Arizona and Utah,” Brody pointed out.
In response, Trump displayed confidence regarding his progress in the Grand Canyon State, where he decisively beat out then GOP rival, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), in the state’s Republican primary earlier this year.
“I think we’re doing very well in Arizona,” the real estate mogul shot back. “I mean, we’ll speak in two weeks and see what happens.”
In another round of questioning, Trump Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway expressed confidence that Trump is catching up to Clinton and preparing to overtake her, as a number of recent polls indicate that he is pulling closer.
“I believe that we will win,” Conway told CBN’s Jenna Browder. “I believe that the country is calling, urging for true change – not just talking about it in polls.”
She insisted that an overwhelming majority of Americans share Trump’s vision of changing America for the better – as opposed to pushing forward for another eight years of establishment politics under a Clinton administration that will only reflect more of the same big government policies implemented under the Obama administration.
“Seventy-five percent of Americans now say that they want to take the country in a new and different direction,” Conway continued. “That’s an unmistakable endorsement – and frankly an unmistakable mandate.”
The Christian vote
Alluding to the Republican National Committee’s contention that Trump needs 80 percent of the evangelical vote in order to pull off a victory on November 8, Brody questioned the White House hopeful about his reliance on the faith group’s support.
“Is it about the base at this point to make sure evangelicals – who are a big part of the base – that they get out?” the conservative correspondent asked. “Because do you believe evangelicals are the ones that kind of brought you to the dance and they are the ones that are going to get you over the top?”
The 70-year-old self- professed Christian maintained that he is indeed evangelicals’ favorite and that they will make the difference on election day – reminding them that staying home will give the Democratic rival the victory, as it did in the last election.
“Well, we’re doing very well with evangelicals, and if they vote, we’re going to win the election,” Trump asserted. “Had they voted four years ago – and they didn’t – you would have had a different result in the election instead of having Obama, who has been catastrophic for evangelicals and a lot of the things that we stand for.”
When asked about the biggest message he had for undecided voters, the Republican candidate had this to say:
“I just want the people to remember: [the] United States Supreme Court,” Trump impressed. “Whether they love me or like me or don’t like me, we’re going to put great justices – pro-life justices – we’re going to put Second Amendment justices [on the bench], and I think for the evangelicals, it’s so important that they get out and vote.”
Melania Trump also recognized the importance of having evangelicals’ undivided support.
“We want to thank them for their support of my husband,” she expressed. “We believe in them. We’re standing with them, and we will be strong for them.”
Having to deal with seemingly incessant attacks from the media regarding accusations against her husband, Melania Trump demonstrated her fortitude and resolve to overcome the onslaught and defend the aspiring commander-in-chief.
“We saw very dishonest and not fair reporting without checking facts, and it’s really damaging and hurtful – and it’s unfair,” she argued.
The home stretch
Mentioning how Trump often intensifies his run for the White House when going off script before crowds at rallies, Brody asked about his uncanned vigor.
“Who is the real Donald Trump?” the political reporter inquired. “We’ve seen different versions appear on the campaign trail at times.”
Melania Trump said her husband is the model of transparency – always wearing his heart on his sleeve with the American public.
“Well, whatever you see – that’s what he is,” the devoted wife asserted. “He’s a fighter [and] he’s the best deal maker… He has days that he really feels that he needs to fight – fight for himself – and that’s how he will fight for the American people.”
On the other side of the White House race, Clinton assured her supporters late last week that their continued support and drive to fight was absolutely necessary to come out victorious on November 8.
“You know, with 13 days left in this election, we cannot stop for a minute,” the former secretary of state exhorted her support base. “No complacency here.”
Trump’s call for prayer and divine wisdom – especially for the remaining days leading into the election – serve as his own testimony that he is going to be anything but complacent before the impending day of reckoning.