Statement on upcoming Latter-day Saints for Trump event in Gilbert, AZ
The incumbent president keeps sending surrogates from the extreme-right of the party to explain away his failures, and this week’s Gilbert event is no different. Senators Lee and Paul and Representatives Gaetz and Biggs have all either downplayed the pandemic or exposed colleagues to the deadly virus. With Covid-19 raging in Arizona and across the country, it is clear we need new leadership closer to the center of America, leadership that cares for those in need.
Latter-day Saints know that we have to judge candidates ‘by their fruits.’ That’s why former Vice President Joe Biden enjoys support from a broad coalition, including former US Senator Jeff Flake, 2016 independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin, former vice mayor of Mesa Claudia Walters, Judge Dan Barker, and over 1,500 Latter-day Saints who have publicly endorsed him. We have been asked to “[learn] even by study and also by faith” and so it is with this election. Joe Biden’s commitment to unifying the country and tackling our nation’s crises is why he is on track to win the most support from Latter-day Saints for a Democratic nominee in at least thirty years.
We appreciate President Dallin H. Oaks’s reminder in the most recent General Conference that “in a democratic government, we will always have differences over proposed candidates and policies. However, as followers of Christ we must forgo the anger and hatred with which political choices are debated or denounced in many settings.”
It is in the spirit of this political diversity that we issue this statement, to remind those who may feel disenchanted by the current administration that there is another, better choice. Joe Biden values our values and is the candidate for Latter-day Saints who care about welcoming the stranger, nourishing self-reliance, promoting agency, and pursuing an approach to religious freedom that protects all of us.
We invite all of our fellow Latter-day Saints to join us in supporting Joe Biden for President.