Donald Trump Pledges to 'Destroy' Johnson Amendment Blocking Political Activity by Churches

Trump vowed to strike down the 63-year-old Johnson Amendment.

Trump added, "That is why I will get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear of retribution."

"I've never seen it so much and so openly as since I took the position of president," he added.

This is not the first time Trump has vowed to repeal the amendment. He spoke of rolling it back numerous times on the campaign trail.

"I think it's very unfair, and one of the things I will do very early in my administration is to get rid of the Johnson Amendment so that our great pastors and ministers, rabbis and everybody and priests and everybody can go and tell and can participate in the process," Trump said at a campaign event in Virginia in October.

But Trump's comments have drawn criticism from at least one member of the clergy. The Rev. James Martin, for example, tweeted that "even if made legal, churches should not speak out on overtly political matters or endorse political candidates."

He's an editor-at-large of the magazine America.