According to the most recent polls, Trump is one of the top picks for president among evangelical Christians. One Washington Post poll even had him as the group’s favorite by a margin of six points. His first major rally in the Bible-Belt fortress town of Mobile, Alabama, drew an estimated 18,000 attendees. And on September 28, prominent televangelist Paula White will reportedly lead a delegation of evangelical leaders to meet with the mogul in Trump Tower.
It’s rare that the real estate mogul struggles to find an explanation, but in this instance, his puzzlement is understandable. There is little about The Donald that would seem to align with #evangelicals’ values and beliefs. But when it comes to the famously coifed candidate, the faithful seem to be valuing style over substance or spirituality.
Trump claims to oppose same-sex marriage, which will please most evangelicals, but now that the Supreme Court has put that issue to bed for good, a candidate’s views on the matter are largely inconsequential. When it comes to LGBT rights, however, Trump’s record is more complicated. He has stated in the past that he supports amending the 1964 Civil Rights Act to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation, something nearly half of evangelicals oppose. Trump’s broader positions on same-sex issues are such that MSNBC posited he may be “2016’s most LGBT-friendly Republican.”
#Donald Trump is immodest, arrogant, foul-mouthed, money-obsessed, thrice-married, and until recently, pro-choice. By conventional standards, evangelical Christians should despise him. Yet somehow, the Manhattan billionaire has attracted their support.
The growing anti-establishment sentiments held by many evangelical Christians has a lot to do with Trump’s appeal. Solidly Republican, conservative Christians feel that their values are increasingly threatened by modern society.
Are you an evangelical who supports Donald Trump for President?