By Mary Margaret Olohan, Social Issues Reporter, Daily Caller,
President Donald Trump’s campaign is ramping up attention to Catholic voters heading into the 2020 election season.
The president has focused significant attention on Evangelical voters but now recognizes that he must devote similar attention to Catholic voters if he wishes to secure the 2020 presidential election, Politico reports. Many members of Trump’s staff are Catholics, including acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, Attorney General William Barr, and White House counsel Pat Cipollone.
“Catholics were of secondary importance to the Trump campaign in 2016, behind evangelicals. That hasn’t changed, but there is at least an effort to reach this community now,” former Republican Kansas Rep. Tim Huelskamp told Politico. Huelskamp now acts as a senior political adviser for CatholicVote.org and attended the December White House briefing for Catholics.
The campaign is preparing to launch a “Catholics for Trump” coalition, and Trump will reportedly be speaking at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in March, where Mulvaney said last year that Catholicism was driving policy in the Trump administration. ….