Former President Donald Trump is set to give an address at the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) convention, which hails itself as the largest gathering of Christian communicators in the world.
Trump’s appearance is part of the NRB Presidential Forum, which will take place on Feb. 22 at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee.
In the press release announcing Trump’s appearance, NRB referred to itself as “a nonpartisan, international association of Christian communicators whose member organizations represent hundreds of millions of listeners, viewers, and readers.”
“We look forward to hearing President Trump express his vision for the future of our country in distinguished remarks at NRB Convention,” said NRB President & CEO Troy A. Miller. “Over the years, NRB Convention has been honored to host presidential candidates to speak directly to the community of Christian broadcasters on national issues of Christian concern.”
“In this crucial year for our country, there is no better venue for these important conversations than the NRB Convention,” Miller added.
NRB went on to clarify that it “neither supports nor opposes any candidate for public office. NRB invited all eligible candidates from both parties to participate in its presidential candidate forum.”
It is not uncommon for Republican politicians and candidates for office to make appearances at NRB. For example, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis appeared at NRB in 2023 in the run-up to his announcing his candidacy for president, encouraging Christian communicators to wage a “war on woke.”
While DeSantis has garnered respect and affection among evangelical voters, his NRB appearance did not seem to do much to convince them to support him over and against Trump. Shortly following his address, author and conservative commentator Eric Metaxas gave voice to the somewhat common sentiment—particularly among Pentecostal evangelicals—that “the Lord wants Trump to be president in this next term.”
DeSantis has since dropped out of the race.