(CNN) When Pastor Sam Rodriguez steps onto the inaugural stage Friday to lead a prayer for incoming President Donald Trump, he will be the first Latino evangelical reverend to ever take part in this nation’s ceremony.
It’s a historical, yet astonishingly uncomfortable position for Rodriguez, 47, one of the leading religious advocates for Latino immigrants, who condemned Trump’s hardline immigration rhetoric during the campaign, and saw Trump’s words as direct threats and insults to the parishioners in his pews.
“I went, what’s going on?” Rodriguez told CNN at his Sacramento church. “Something’s happening. I’m not here to justify what Donald Trump stated during the campaign. I do know there has been a change in tone.”
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