See, I read the Bible. And those 2 Corinthians, I think
they're both swell guys.
Surrender to the lesser of two evils is a thin justification for tossing aside long-held values.
For the past three decades, conservative Christians have constituted one of the most powerful voting blocs in American politics. White evangelical Protestants account for 19.3% of the U.S. population and a full 39% of the Republican Party. They are highly organized, motivated to vote, and have acted as gatekeepers to the GOP since ushering in Ronald Reagan in 1980.
|Delegates pray at the 2016 Republican National |
Convention.(Photo: Michael Reynolds, epa)
Against all expectations, Trump has won their support.
He won an early primary victory in South Carolina, receiving a 34% plurality of evangelicals, an early indication of his strength with the group across the country. Trump went on to win every state in the Bible Belt. He won the church-going vote from Massachusetts and Vermont to Georgia and Virginia. Evangelicals were predicted to be a fail-safe to stop Trump’s campaign, and they handed him the nomination instead.
Why and how did an adulterous, racist, arrogant, loud-mouthed, casino-owning narcissist make off with the evangelical vote?
Trump knows he’s gotten away with something. Accepting the nomination at the Republican convention, he said: “I would like to thank the evangelical community because I’ll tell you what, the support they’ve given me, and I’m not sure I totally deserve it … it’s a big reason for me being here tonight.”
These are the same voters who waffled over the rightness of voting for Mitt Romney and his Mormon theology in 2012. As of today, they’re giving Trump more of their support than they gave to the upstanding family man.Read the rest of this USA Today op-ed HERE.
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