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Apopka preacher Paula White and presidential nominee Donald Trump are a match made in alt-right heaven 

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Trump family members were extremely pleased with White's appearance at the Republican Convention, they told Time magazine. Eric Trump even credited her with "healing" his teleprompter, which malfunctioned as he was speaking to the convention. White was invited to Donald's hotel room to pray with him for four hours, and then to lead a prayer circle with his wife, Melania, and his younger son, Barron. On the night Trump gave his primetime address, White rode in the car with him to the arena.

"I do remember asking God to give him his words and his mind, and to use him – that it would not be his words but God's words, that he would just really be sensitive to the Holy Spirit," White told Time several weeks later. Never one to underplay her role, White added, "I probably [interceded] against any plot or plan or weapon of the enemy to interfere with the plan or the will of God."

Paula White's one disappointment at the convention was that the moment of national media exposure that the televangelist might have hoped for went flat. Monday night's speeches ran so long that by the time White took the podium, the hall was largely empty and most television cameras were turned off.

Well, sic transit gloria – at least until President Trump's inauguration.

Longtime Orlando religion writer Mark I. Pinsky is author of "A Jew Among the Evangelicals: A Guide for the Perplexed." He has covered Paula White since 2012.


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