Have Evangelicals Who Support Donald Trump Lost Their Values?

"We should not demand to see the long-form certificate for Mr. Trump’s second birth. We should, though, ask about his personal character and fitness for office."

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Mark_Smith's picture

In the second "kiddie table debate" Wednesday, Rick Santorum asked why Republcans supported bailing out bankers with hundreds of billions of dollars in 2008-9, and supported business owners in the "you didn't build that" flap in 2012, but won't allow a working man or woman a $0.50 raise in minimum wage. It just looks bad. Republican leaders also don't mind the "giant sucking sound" of jobs leaving the US since they often make millions off of it.

That partly goes to why some Evangelicals are supporting Trump. Is he a scion of morality and virtue? No. But neither is any other Republican leader (with few exceptions). Simply put, many Evangelicals have given up on the Republican party and are in "burn it down and rebuild it" mode.

Aaron Blumer's picture

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Some gaps there... conservatives are not generally in favor of jobs moving over seas, though they do tend to favor the liberty that allows that to happen--and oppose the kind of tax situations that make it attractive.

Not all were in favor of bailing out the banks... to understate the situation.

Also, just as a matter of sound reasoning it doesn't follow that if someone is wrong about A we should not appreciate it when they are right about B. I refer to minimum wage hikes which, on principle (more than one) ought to be opposed.

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Joeb's picture

Evangelicals like the others are supporting Trump because like everyone else they are sick of the fighting and nothing getting done. I don't think they are dropping their values so much as looking to send a message to the Republicans and every one else.  My prediction is when the rubber hits the road Trump will go by the way side.  I hope. If Trump is picked as the Republican Cannidate then the argument could be made that the Evangelicals are compromising their values.  I think in the last debate you saw all sides from the extreme right like Cruz to the moderate like Chris Christy. I like Ohio  Govenor Kaisch. He is a Christian and very well balanced.  I like how he took Cruz to task about acting unilaterally on the war on terror but I do like Cruz and Rand on the budget.  This country is broke and sooner or later were going to hit the wall and with the Democrats in charge were going to hit it at 100 mph instead of 20 mph with the republicans in charge.   

Aaron Blumer's picture

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I think he'll be increasingly marginalized now as a potential GOP nominee. But if he decides to run as an independent...  He could hand the election to whoever the Democrats end up nominating.

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Bert Perry's picture

All I need to know about Trump is contained in one phrase: four bankruptcies, three wives, two parties, one big problem.  I understand the desire to have an outsider, but if we support Trump despite his throwing associates, coworkers, wives, and political parties under the bus, we have not just lost our ethics or morals.  We have lost our minds, because we know very well what it's like to have a President who throws people under the bus and is an egomaniac.  We have one right now.

Aspiring to be a stick in the mud.