For the last 26 months, I have explained over and again why I, as an evangelical leader, voted for Donald Trump. But in recent days, I have felt the weight of it all over again. There really were strong reasons to vote for Trump, and, given similar circumstances in 2020, I would vote for him again.
To be sure, I regret a lot of the negative fallout that has come with the Trump presidency. Our national divisions have deepened, and it’s not all the media’s fault or the left. The President can be highly divisive, often in ways that are unnecessary and unjustified.
Quite obviously, as an evangelical, I do not back the President’s every word or decision, especially when he waxes ugly and even vulgar. (Please underscore those words “quite obviously.”)
But recent developments have reminded me why we made the choice we did and why it was the right choice to make. The critical nature of the issues at stake leave us few to no voting options.
Consider first some of the potential Democratic presidential candidates for 2020.
As noted on The Hill (speaking to fellow-Democrats), “we are leaning left too far.”
Yes, “For Democrats, one trend that has taken hold is quite alarming: our swing to the far left. That trend has been exemplified by almost all of our putative presidential candidates. The two clearest examples of trying to appeal to our base by being as progressive as possible were the rush to embrace a ‘single-payer health care system after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) publicly endorsed it, and the stampede to call for the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).”
It is no exaggeration to say that some of the potential Democratic candidates make Hillary Clinton appear moderate.
There is Beto O’Rourke. (In the words of the UK Guardian, “If there was a bold progressive in this election [at least one facing an opponent], O’Rourke was that candidate.”)
There is Kamala Harris. (A Fox News headline quoted Niall Ferguson’s sentiments: “If Democrats Nominate A Far Left Candidate Such As Senators Elizabeth Warren Or Kamala Harris It Improves President Trump’s Chances for Re-Election.”)
There is Pete Buttigieg. (He is the openly gay mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and if elected, would be the nation’s first gay president.)
Once again, there is Bernie Sanders. (Arguably, he is the single person most responsible for popularizing socialism in America.)
And there is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the new face of the Democratic party. Need I say more?
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Brown