U.S. - In a sudden exodus that is sure to have a significant impact on the 2020 election, American evangelicals have begun abandoning their support of President Donald Trump in droves Tuesday, after he suggested in an interview that McDonald's food is better than Chick-fil-A's.
Responding to a comment about his well-known affinity for McDonald's fast food, the president also mentioned that he likes a few others: "Wendy's, Burger King, KFC…they're pretty good too," he said.
"What about one of the nation's favorites, Chick-fil-A?" the reporter asked. "No, not really. Not a fan. McDonald's is better," came Trump's reply.
The clip immediately went viral across social media, with evangelicals denouncing the president wholesale and vowing to have him removed from office. #DumpTrump, #FakeChristianTrump, and #ChickFilAforever became worldwide trending topics almost immediately, with polls indicating Trump's approval rating among evangelicals plummeting to near zero.
Shockingly, Vice President Pence even entered the fray, cryptically tweeting out, "Farewell, Donald Trump," in a move causing pundits to wonder if he is considering abandoning his office.
Among the nation's everyday evangelicals, shock and disappointment reigned.
"He told us he was a real Christian!" one emotional former Trump supporter told reporters. "We were okay with his crass comments, rude demeanor, and exploitation of our faith for political power. But this is beyond the pale."
"We were willing to overlook so much - but this is absolutely unacceptable," he added.
At publishing time, President Trump had tweeted several photos of himself smiling while stuffing various Chick-fil-A products into his mouth, in a desperate bid to win back his evangelical base.