Two Concerns for the Religious Right Under President Trump

Collin Hansen | November 9, 2016


As the Republican Party prepared last spring to nominate Donald Trump for president, two concerns stood out to me. First, many evangelical leaders had lost touch with the rest of the movement. And second, the rest of the movement had lost touch with the concerns with their minority brothers and sisters.

LightstockBut I never imagined Trump would win the White House. My armchair analysis had nothing to do with any confidence in Hillary Clinton’s electoral appeal as the Democratic nominee. It had everything to do with my assumption that there wouldn’t be enough white evangelical and other voters to propel Trump to victory in such a racially polarizing election.

It was indeed a racially polarizing election, just not quite to the extent that I feared. Trump didn’t come close to winning African American or Hispanic voters, but he didn’t fare much worse than previous Republicans had, either. He did, however, turn out many more white voters, motivated by some combination of Trump’s promise to shake up Washington, Clinton’s liberal agenda, and fear of further economic and cultural erosion.

Few Listened

In light of this stunning outcome we must admit the obvious division between many evangelical leaders, elected and self-appointed, and…


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