Minnesota Senate Republican Majority Leader Paul Gazelka voiced his approval, Saturday, for a day of prayer declared by President Donald Trump.
Shortly after announcing a state of national emergency amid a global coronavirus pandemic, Friday, Trump called for a day of prayer set to take place this upcoming Sunday, reports to Fox News. Gazelka added his words of faith and encouragement to the presidentent’s declaration via Twitter.
“As we navigate these trying times, let us join in prayer and confidently respond in faith knowing we will, in time, overcome,” he wrote.
— Paul Gazelka (@paulgazelka) March 14, 2020
Gazelka’s tweet in support of prayer isn’t the first time the senator has taken a religious stance while in office. He has previously characterized politics as a “spiritual battle” during an interview with the Truth & Liberty Coalition. Last legislative session, he also authored a bill that would allow for the creation of pro-life themed licence plates that drivers could choose in place of their regular Minnesota licence plate for a small cost.
In addition to serving as Senate Majority Leader, Gazelka chairs the Rules and Administration Senate Committee. He was elected to the Minnesota State House in 2004 and moved to the State Senate in 2010 where he has served three terms.
Gazelka was not alone in responding to Trump’s call to prayer. Bishop Talbert Swan, a pastor, NAACP chapter president and radio host commented beneath the president’s statement of faith by characterizing the commander-in-chief as a “pathological lying… racist, rapist.”
Jeffery Guterman, a psychologist and author responded by declaring that Trump is “Satan.”
The Church of Satan itself also chimed in, reminding Americans to wash their hands to prevent the spread of COVID-19.