Trump: Politics Shouldn’t Jeopardize Church Tax Exemptions

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures as a protestor is removed from the arena during a campaign stop at the Tsongas Center in Lowell, Mass., Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

HANAHAN, S.C. (AP) – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says churches and Christian ministries should be free to endorse or oppose candidates without losing their tax-exempt status. At a news conference in South Carolina, Trump said he’s supported by many ministers who tell him their political activity is limited by IRS regulations. He said the vast majority of Americans are Christians, but they have “the least effective lobby” because their pastors fear the loss of their churches’ tax-exempt status. Trump said as president he would get Congress to remove the restrictions on pulpit politics. He said ministers shouldn’t have fewer political rights than other Americans.

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