God wanted Donald Trump to be president, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told TV preacher Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) on Jan. 30.
"I think God calls all of us to fill different roles at different times, and I think that he wanted Donald Trump to become president," Sanders said an interview with CBN's David Brody and Senior Washington Correspondent Jennifer Wishon. "That's why he's there, and I think he has done a tremendous job in supporting a lot of the things that people of faith really care about."
Sanders' comments echoed sentiments issued by several Religious Right figures since Trump's election. Evangelist Franklin Graham, for example, told The Washington Post shortly after the election, "I could sense going across the country that God was going to do something this year. And I believe that at this election, God showed up."
Liberty University's film school even collaborated with Mark Taylor, a former firefighter who claims he received a prophecy that Trump would be elected. Taylor claims that in April 2011, while watching television, he came across an interview with Trump. At that point, he heard the voice of God boom, "You are hearing the voice of the next president." Although Trump did not run for president in 2012, Taylor is convinced that the 2016 election results proved that the prophecy came true. The film he made with Liberty, "The Trump Prophecy," was screened in about 1,000 theaters shortly before the midterm elections last year.
Taylor's other prophecies have proven to be less than accurate. The Guardian reported that he said a "red tsunami" would solidify Republicans' hold on Congress, and that he predicted former President Barack Obama would be arrested for treason. Taylor also says Trump will release evidence of cures for cancer and Alzheimer's disease.