Eric Trump claims his father 'literally saved Christianity'

President TrumpDonald TrumpHillicon Valley — State Dept. employees targets of spyware Ohio Republican Party meeting ends abruptly over anti-DeWine protesters Jan. 6 panel faces new test as first witness pleads the Fifth MORE’s son Eric TrumpEric TrumpJan. 6 organizers used burner phones to communicate with White House: report Mary Trump calls Donald Trump Jr. her 'stupidest' relative Eric Trump lawyer in New York attorney general's fraud case quits MORE claimed that his father “literally saved Christianity” when touting the commander in chief’s accomplishments during a recent interview on a North Dakota radio show.

“He’s literally saved Christianity,” Eric Trump told “What’s on Your Mind” host Scott Hennen in remarks first highlighted by CNN. “I mean, there’s a full out war on faith in this country by the other side.”

“The Democratic Party, the far left, has become the party of the ‘atheists,’ and they want to attack Christianity, they want to close churches, they’re totally fine keeping liquor stores open,” he said, referring to COVID-19 orders by governors in some states labeling liquor stores as “essential” businesses, while also putting limitations on the number of people allowed in houses of worship.

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In May, President Trump called on governors to “do the right thing and allow these very important essential places of faith to open right now.”

However, public health experts have warned that places of worship tend to be more prone to becoming sources of COVID-19 infections if social distancing guidelines are not properly implemented.

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"You have to be careful, it depends on the particular state, city, region, county that you're in, and what the dynamics of the outbreak are," Anthony FauciAnthony FauciThree omicron cases of COVID-19 identified in Maryland: Gov. Hogan FDA eyes rapid review for omicron vaccines, drugs: report Fauci calls out Fox News for letting host compare him to Nazi doctor: 'Astounded' MORE, the country’s top infectious diseases expert, told The Hill at the time.

Trump has gained support from many evangelical leaders for his promise to appoint conservative justices to the Supreme Court, which Trump has acted on most recently with the nomination of Judge Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettWhat's that you smell in the Supreme Court? Overnight Health Care — Presented by March of Dimes — Supreme Court weighs abortion restrictions The Memo: Trump's justices look set to restrict abortion MORE to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader Ginsburg Women of Leadership Award given to Queen Elizabeth What's that you smell in the Supreme Court? The Memo: Trump's justices look set to restrict abortion MORE.

According to reports from the Pew Research Center, white evangelical voters are more than twice as likely to say Trump is religious. The same study, however, found that fewer than half of Americans overall think Trump is a Christian.

Despite Trump’s public praise of conservative Christian leaders, The Atlantic reported last week that Trump had allegedly called evangelical pastors “hustlers” in a 2015 conversation with his then-lawyer Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenMichael Cohen to sell prison badge as NFT Sunday shows - Spotlight shifts to omicron variant Cohen says Weisselberg not 'key' to Trump case MORE

Former aides also told the magazine that they heard the president mock conservative religious leaders, adding that he saw them as a group to be “schmoozed, conned or bought off,” according to The Atlantic.