Religion

White Christians Overwhelmingly Supported Trump

| by Michael Allen

One of the strongest voting blocks for President-elect Donald Trump was white evangelical voters.

Nate Silver's FiveThrityEight.com notes that exit polls showed Trump led with these white voters by a margin of 81 to 16 percent. One of the biggest spreads was in Georgia, where white evangelicals went for Trump 88 to 6 percent.

The Washington Post reports that in Florida, the white Christian vote went to Trump 85 to 13 percent. 

Many evangelical Christian leaders have insisted for months that Trump will nominate Supreme Court justices who will overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion. However, it takes 60 votes in the U.S. Senate to confirm a justice, and after the 2016 election, the Republicans only came up with 51. 

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The Washington Post notes there were some negative reactions on Twitter about the widespread Christian support for Trump:

"America will never forget that 80% of white evangelicals voted for Trump."

"So I guess I'm not an evangelical. Because I'm not whatever the hell this is."

"Regarding evangelicals, there is a dual problem: theology gone awry and a theology disconnected from politics."

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ThinkProgress notes:

After launching his bid for the presidency by calling Latino immigrants rapists, drug dealers, and criminals, Trump ran a brazenly racist campaign that invigorated neo-Nazis and white supremacists.

Trump called for a total ban on Muslim immigration, equated refugees to terrorists, insulted African Americans’ education, stoked anti-Semitism, pledged to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, and promised to implement an ideological test for immigrants.

Over the course of the campaign, more than a dozen women came forward to say that Trump has sexually assaulted them. The accusers described nonconsensual activity that tracks very closely with behavior that Trump himself has bragged about. Trump responded by insulting and threatening them.

Trump shocked political observers by flouting the fundamental principles of democracy, including freedom of the press and freedom of religion. He has repeatedly suggested that he might not accept the results of this election, and that he may jail his political opponent Hillary Clinton.

Sources: FiveThirtyEight.com, The Washington Post, ThinkProgress / Photo credit: Dr. Robert Jeffress/Twitter

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