August 14, 2020 Press Releases

Following Pence Visit, Arizona Republican LDS Voters Criticize Trump as “Antithesis” of LDS Community


Thursday, August 13, 2020

CONTACT: Tyler Cherry, [email protected]


ICYMIFollowing Pence VisitArizona Republican LDS Voters Criticize Trump as “Antithesis” of LDS Community

PHOENIX — In a new open letter, dozens of Arizona Republican members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints criticized Donald Trump as “the antithesis of so much the Latter-day Saints community believes.” The letter comes on the heels of Mike Pence’s campaign event with a “Latter-day Saints for Trump” group in Arizona, which the letter says is “out of bounds for co-opting the Church’s name to give the impression that Donald Trump is supported by the Church as an entity.”

Prior to Pence’s visit, Rob Taber, who serves as national co-chairman of Latter-day Saint Democrats of America, participated in a press call with Arizona Democrats, where he said that “Donald Trump’s actions as president time and again have gone against these most basic tenants of our faith … Throughout his presidency, Trump has used the Bible as a political prop while attacking American values by tearing apart immigrant families, targeting the most vulnerable among us, recklessly attempting to rip away health care.”

Key Points: 

  • “For us, this election is not about parties and tribalism. It is about reclaiming our core values. President Trump is the antithesis of so much the Latter-day Saints community believes. Servant leadership, kindness, honesty, acceptance, family, and respect for all are core tenets of who we are and what we stand for.”

  • Trump exploits our anxieties in the worst way — fanning division, fear, and xenophobia. He manipulates America’s problems for his personal benefit rather than inspiring us to solve them. He weakens critical government institutions and routinely imperils our Constitution by placing himself above the law.”

  • “In response, we will vote for Joe Biden, or a third party candidate, or leave our ballot blank in protest. None of us can justify voting for Donald Trump because, in our opinions, the harm he does to our civic culture outweighs any policy benefits we might temporarily gain. For those who share our concerns, please reject another Trump term in favor of rebuilding our party around enduring principles of truth, respect, honor, competency, freedom, and concern for our fellow man.”