There is no reason to believe that white evangelical voter turnout will fall off in the 2018 midterm elections because of President Donald Trump’s porn star controversy or the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, prominent evangelical activist Ralph Reed has said.
Reed, an informal adviser to the Trump administration and the founder of the Faith & Freedom Coalition, asserted Friday that it could be argued that such a staunch media focus on Stormy Daniels (Stephanie Clifford), and Russia could actually play in the favor of Trump and Republicans in 2018.
Reed, whose organization is holding its annual three-day Road to Majority conference this weekend at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, hosted a group of national reporters for a lunch discussion Friday afternoon in which he talked about the upcoming congressional races.
As this year’s midterms carry vital significance for the future of the Trump/Pence pro-family and pro-life agenda, the 56-year-old Reed expanded on Faith & Freedom’s efforts to drive out the Christian conservative vote and help Republicans increase their slim majority 51-49 majority in the United States Senate.
Given the fact that Trump’s alleged affair with the porn star and the allegations of his campaign colluding with Russians in the 2016 election have gotten much play in the mainstream media, Reed was asked if he thought such media focus on those items would lead to a fall off in evangelical turnout in 2018.
As evangelicals were such a vital part of Trump’s win in 2016, with exit polls showing about eight in 10 self-identifited white evangelical voters voting for the thrice married business tycoon, Reed wasted no time in shooting down that question.
“No,” he said. “We are not seeing it. We are not seeing a diminution in support. I think the last, what I consider to be methodologically reliable, published poll, I think the job approval for the president [among evangelicals] was roughly  percent. That is really strong.”
“The intensity is there and [Trump] just keeps doing the right thing,'” Reed said, referring to Trump’s policies. “I would argue, not too strongly because I wouldn’t press the argument, but I think an argument could be made that it might actually be helping him.”
Reed went on to explain that the media’s pushing of those particular issues will at some point force the social conservative Trump base to go “OK, enough already.”
“When some cable networks and some news organizations kind of turn [it] into a telethon and [Stormy Daniels’ lawyer] Michael Avenatti is basically low-fiving his way to a CNN set for like eighth time that day, it starts to strike the voter as too cute by half and it starts to go the other way,” Reed suggested.
Reed argued that many voters will see the media focus on those issues as a way to try to “manipulate” them.
Reed explained that he saw such a reaction in the 1998 midterms after Republicans attacked President Bill Clinton over his sexual moral failings.
“I definitely saw that in  when the [Ken] Starr report hit and Henry Hyde made it clear that we were going to report out articles of impeachment. You can just feel it out there,” Reed said. “In middle August, we were going to pick up five to 20 seats and then you just felt it whipsawing us where the Democratic base voters go, ‘Oh really, so that’s what your planning on?'”
The composition of both houses of Congress remained unchanged after the 1998 midterms.
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Source: Christian Post