PASTOR MARK BURNS COMES UNDER FIRE FOR “DECLARING WAR” AT A PRO-TRUMP RALLY


October 18, 2019

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Easley pastor Mark Burns is a prominent supporter of President Donald Trump
  • He has appeared at rallies, at the Republican National Convention and at the White House
  • Burns leads The Harvest Praise & Worship Center of Easley
  • He is also a regular TV guest on national shows and through his NOW Television Network

Easley pastor Mark Burns’ weekend call of “we’ve come to declare war” and reference to a civil war should be heard as an inspiration to verbal but never violent actions in support of President Donald Trump, the pastor said.

In an interview Wednesday, Burns told The Greenville News and Independent Mail that he has used the phrase “declare war” prior to using the phrase repeatedly during a conference at Trump National Doral Miami in Florida this weekend.

He said would consider tweaking his wording in the future, “I may be a little more selective,” in order to avoid taking the focus off his main message of support for the president.

“When I say ‘this is war,’ that is to inspire those who already believe in our conservative values to raise up verbally,” Burns said. “No violence belongs in our politics. This is not a third world country where you take up arms because you dislike the opponent. We need to silence and eliminate that from any form of politics.”

Yes, we are ready to go to War to support our President @realDonaldTrump. War means be more vocal in our support for our conservative values. https://www.propublica.org/article/trump-inc-podcast-listen-to-conference-goers-at-trump-resort-chant-for-war …Listen to Conference-Goers at Trump Resort Chant for “War!” — ProPublicaSpeakers at a pro-Trump conference urged attendees to “go to war” for the president and laughed about beating up classmates. It’s the same conference where a video of a fake Trump shooting members of…propublica.org3696:22 PM – Oct 15, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy230 people are talking about this

Burns repeated the phrase “We’ve come to declare war” several times this weekend as a speaker at a conference at Trump National Doral Miami in Florida. Members of the crowd called back to him with their own chants of “War, war.”

The phrase was immediately followed by a criticism of abortion (“because we have people who believe it’s OK to murder babies”) and saying several times “I’m ready for war,” according to audio of his speech provided to The Greenville News by WNYC and ProPublica, which first reported on Burns’ comments.

Burns also said, “I like what Donald Trump said, he said you don’t understand the kind of supporters I have. Donald Trump said if you actually try to impeach me it will be like the second Civil War.”

The president sent a tweet in late September that said, “If the Democrats are successful in removing the President from office (which they will never be), it will cause a Civil War like fracture in this Nation from which our Country will never heal,” and said it was a quote from the Rev. Robert Jeffress, a Texas Baptist pastor who leads a 14,000-member congregation.

The weekend conference in Florida, by American Priority, included speakers such as Burns, Donald Trump Jr. and former White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders.Get the News Alerts newsletter in your inbox.

video depicting the president superimposed over a graphically violent Hollywood film was shown at the conference, showing the superimposed president brutally attacking and killing people featuring the superimposed faces of media organization logos and critics of the president.

Burns said he did not know about or see the video until after it appeared in news reports Sunday. He said he firmly condemned the video and any depiction of political violence.

Asked whether his own “declare war” comments, and the crowd that yelled “war” back at him, could be seen as rhetorical political violence, Burns said his is a message of unity and opposition to violence.

Burns does not talk about unity or opposition to violence in the audio of the speech shared with The Greenville News. 

“It’s simply a call to action for Republicans to be vocal in support of this president, we can no longer be the silent majority,” Burns told The Greenville News. “If you listen to the whole speech, i’m not declaring war on America, not declaring war on Americans. They’ve already declared war on our ideology. They’re telling us we’re bigots, they’re telling us we’re misogynists. They’re telling us that we are behind the times, that we are racist so to speak. They’re telling us they’ve drawn a line in the sand.”

Burns referred to Democrats as “the enemy” when he delivered a benediction at the Republican National Convention in 2016 and said Wednesday that he regretted not including the word “political” in front of enemy.

In the Wednesday interview, Burns said, “Democrats are not the enemy.”

“I don’t want Greenville or the Upstate believing one of their sons is advocating violence, I’m not,” Burns said. DIG DEEPER

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