Georgia Democrat accuses Republicans of co-opting white, evangelical base

A Democrat running for the Georgia Senate accused the Republican Party of co-opting beliefs held by white evangelical Christians because it was “politically convenient.”

“I can’t really explain the phenomenon — except to say that to a certain extent because it was politically convenient, certainly because it wasn’t theologically sound,” Sarah Riggs Amico told Hill.TV in reference to Trump’s efforts to shore up up support from his conservative evangelical electoral base.

“The right wing of the Republican Party has co-opted a faith that forms the foundation of my life and so many other people,” she continued.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want NYT in the White House Veterans group backs lawsuits to halt Trump's use of military funding for border wall Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails MORE worked to appeal to evangelical Christians throughout his 2016 presidential campaign, and upon taking office, his administration established an evangelical advisory board within the White House.

But Amico warned that the party has “missed a few points along the way.”

“Jesus was not a white, suburban evangelical,” she told Hill.TV. “He was a refugee, he was a man who encouraged people to help the poor.”

Last month, Amico officially jumped into the Democratic primary for the Georgia Senate seat how held by incumbent Sen. David Perdue (R). 

If elected, she would become the first woman to represent Georgia in the Senate.

But this isn’t Amico’s first run for public office.

The former businesswoman previously made an unsuccessful bid for lieutenant governor against Republican Geoff Duncan.

—Tess Bonn