When evangelical America lent Trump its support, it agreed to ignore his moral flaws and transgressions in order to see policies enacted that it liked, asserts Paul Waldman of The Week. He got 81% of the evangelical vote, more than any Republican ever did. This happened, none withstanding the fact that he is not a religious man, nor a particularly moral one. Trump offered them what they wanted politically and got loyalty for it. Even when allegations surfaced that he had cheated on his third wife with a prostitute, they still excused him. This is not the Christian way. Evangelicals sacrificed their values for legislative gains.
Voting for Trump was the natural choice for evangelicals that have too long felt marginalized by America’s growing willingness to mock and chastise their values, reports S.E. Cupp of New York Daily News. Particularly under Obama, who condescended towards them himself, they saw their voices dismissed as abortion laws were loosened and the rights of religious employees were reduced. In the media, evangelicals have long been a punching bag for the sake of comedy. They were highly justified to see past Trump’s flaws and embrace him as he sought to defend them. Already evangelicals have been vindicated for their choice.