(CNN) President Donald Trump cast Tuesday’s special election in North Carolina and the 2020 presidential election as a fight for the status quo, describing Democrats as the “America-hating left.”
Democrats, he warned the crowd of supporters at a rally Monday, “want to dismantle, demolish and destroy everything that you’ve gained.”
Trump claimed the Democrats are not religious and are trying to take away religion.
“Whether it has to do with religion, our evangelicals …what we’ve done for them and for religion is so important. The other side, not big believers in religion, I can tell you,” he said during his rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where he was campaigning for the Republican candidate in a special election for the 9th Congressional District.
According to 2014 Pew data, the most recent available, 72% of Democrats say religion is important or somewhat important in their lives and 76% of Democrats say they are absolutely or fairly certain in their belief in God. Many Democratic presidential candidates — such as South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former Vice President Joe Biden — have spoken on the campaign trail about the role their religious practice plays in their lives.
Moments before he introduced the candidate for that seat, Dan Bishop, Trump told the crowd that “to stop the far left, you must vote in tomorrow’s special election” and “send a clear message to the America-hating left.”
Trump’s visit came one day before the special election in North Carolina’s 9th District, which stretches east from the suburban south Charlotte area past Fayetteville. The district’s seat in the House of Representatives is currently vacant due to fraud in the 2018 midterm election. The President is aiming to boost Bishop, whom he endorsed in May after candidate Mark Harris dropped out for health reasons, in what is expected to be a tight race.