Evangelicals voted for Donald Trump last week because of his undying support for Israel, which Pastor John Hagee told Newsmax TV on Thursday was "the hidden issue" of the 2016 election.
"The Democratic Party did not bring it up," Hagee, senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, told "The Joe Pags Show" in an interview. "But the Republican Party, particularly with Pence and also with Donald Trump, made it an issue that America was going to stand with Israel.
"I also believe that abortion had something to do with it, but Israel was the main issue that drove the people that we know to vote like they had never voted before."
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Hagee, 76, who also founded Christians United for Israel, said that the organization sponsored Pence's visit to Israel two years ago as Indiana's governor.
"He came back on fire for Israel — and we could that tell our base was ignited from coast to coast, waiting to pull the lever for someone who would stand up in support for Israel," he said.
"Donald Trump said something that this was a movement," Hagee told Pags. "Actually, I think God in heaven was watching this election.
"And the wind of heaven caught fire that he who keep of Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps stirred the evangelicals to get out and go vote — and they stormed the voting booth to have a change in America."
As for those in Israel, Hagee said: "The people in Jerusalem know that a change in the White House would be a direct blessing from heaven — and heaven answered their prayer."
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