President George W. Bush’s former chief ethics lawyer Richard W. Painter, slammed Paula White, the well known televangelist and spiritual guru to President Donald Trump, claiming that she was guilty of “fraud” and was running a “Ponzi scheme.”
White was the senior pastor of the megachurch New Destiny Christian Center in Florida and was just recently appointed to lead Trump’s new Faith and Opportunity Initiative. Even since she has been named to her new role, White has continued to sell religious products that she says will provide benefits, both spiritual and material, to customers.
Painter said in a recent tweet, “This ‘prosperity gospel’ scam by @Paula_White tests the boundaries between ‘religious freedom’ and criminal mail fraud and wire fraud… Send me money and God will make you rich.’ Now she uses her White House position to make her sales pitch.”
Painter was on a roll last week with concerns about the popular preacher. He said, “Paula White now is running her faith based Ponzi scheme from inside the White House…. ‘Send me your January paycheck and God will pay you back with interest …. [perhaps out of somebody else’s February paycheck].'” He also linked to an article criticizing White.
“Paula White now is running her faith based Ponzi scheme from inside the White House.”-Richard Painter
While White boasts a net worth of around $5 million, just last year she implored her followers to send their first paychecks of the new year to her ministry. She actually even said that those who did not heed her call and send the money would face “consequences” from God.
Painter, now a law professor at the University of Minnesota, said in another tweet: “What exactly is @Paula_White supposed to do in the White House? She carries around a Bible instead of a copy of Forbes magazine. But she doesn’t read it.”
During a recent new prayer initiative launch with other evangelical pastors and leaders, White said in a prayer that Trump’s Democrat opponents “operate in sorcery and witchcraft.” In a previous sermon White said, “Wherever I go, God rules. When I walk on White House grounds, God walks on White House grounds… I have every right and authority to declare the White House as holy ground because I was standing there and where I stand is holy.”
Heading into the 2020 election year, Trump is still holding firm ground with white evangelical voters. A recent poll showed that 99% of Republicans who fit that demographic support the president and reject the notion that he should be impeached and removed from office. In the 2016 election, more than 80% of evangelicals cast their vote to elect President Trump, according to a survey by the Public Religion Research Institute and it looks like their set to vote that way again, with White profiting the whole way.