President Trump’s relationship with Bob Vander Plaats was rocky when the Iowa evangelical and political activist decided to endorse Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) for president.

Although Vander Plaats ultimately supported Trump in the November election, things heated up between the two again in the past week, this time prompted by a vulgar, profanity-filled tirade from White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci.

In an interview with the New Yorker, Scaramucci called the now former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus a “f—— paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac” and said that Priebus would be asked to resign very shortly amid a White House shake-up.

Vander Plaats, whom the New York Times called “an influential leader of Iowa’s Christian right,” heads the Family Leader, an evangelical group that advocates for political candidates and policy issues. Vander Plaats took issue with Scaramucci’s harsh language and went on Twitter on Friday to tell Trump that the new White House communications chief was the one who needed to go.

Vander Plaats tweeted that the president “must model and demand a higher standard.”

He also posted a letter to the president on the Family Leader website, titled “A time for confronting.”

Mr. President, it is time to look in the mirror, accept responsibility, apologize to the American people, and declare an end to this behavior immediately.
I suggest you lead by first washing out Mr. Scaramucci’s mouth with a bar of soap. After a thorough rinsing, strip his credentials and escort him personally off the White House grounds.

In the letter, Vander Plaats also called on other faith leaders to “fulfill your calling to be the prophetic voice to the king.”

There’s no guarantee President Trump will repent and change his ways. This said, it is still our duty to privately and publicly confront, so our testimony is not compromised to a culture that hungers for true hope.

He was not immediately available for comment Saturday.

Vander Plaats isn’t the only high-profile religious leader this month to call for others to confront Trump. After photos surfaced showing evangelical pastors laying hands on and praying over Trump, North Carolina-based pastor William Barber said those pastors were practicing “theological malpractice bordering on heresy.”

Barber, the leader of several protest movements that have targeted Trump and his policies, said in an interview with MSNBC’s Joy Reid, “When you can p-r-a-y for a president and others while they are p-r-e-y, preying on the most vulnerable, you’re violating the most sacred principles of religion.”

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