Ralph Reed’s Faith & Freedom Coalition has partnered with the anti-gay group Concerned Women for America for Road to Majority 2016 in Washington, DC June 9 to June 11. In addition to Trump, some of the other confirmed speakers are the Benham Brothers, Virginia Foxx, Jim Garlow, Steve King and Tony Perkins. You get the idea.

The company that one keeps. Ralph Reed is a sleazy, amoral religious opportunist. Ralph Reed has been a GOP activist since he was in college. To broaden his political appeal he claimed that, while he was at a bar in DC in 1983, he was visited by the Holy Spirit who told him to come to Jesus. Sure.

Eventually, circa 2005, Reed worked for Jack Abramoff. Reed’s job was to mobilize Christians to wage an anti-gambling campaign. The purpose of the campaign was to frighten Native American tribes into hiring Abramoff and paying him vast sums of money, some of which went back to Reed. Reed laundered that money through non-profit organizations.

Sounds like Trump’s kind of guy. Trump is Reed’s kind of guy.

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.