Michael Brown on Why Trump is Gaining More Conservative Christian Supporters and Voters

President Donald Trump waves upon arrival at the White House in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019 from a short trip to Dover Air Force Base. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

A recent editorial in the New York Times confirms the results of my own online polling. President Trump appears to be gaining more conservative Christian voters than he is losing.

Writing for the Times on October 5, Jeremy W. Peters compiles an impressive list of former Never Trumpers who are now firmly in his camp. And quite a few of those on his list would identify as conservative religious voters.

Some of them once labeled Trump a “racist” and a “fascist.” Others, like Glenn Beck,  “once called Mr. Trump ‘an immoral man who is absent decency or dignity,’” but “now says that his defeat in 2020 would mark ‘the end of the country as we know it.’”

Peters also notes that “L. Brent Bozell III, who in his National Review essay wrote, ‘Trump might be the greatest charlatan of them all,’ now counts himself as a Trump convert.”

The results of my own unscientific, online polling have confirmed a similar trend. The vast majority of those who voted for Trump in 2016 plan to do so again, while a small majority of those who did not vote for him in 2016 plan to do so in 2020.

In my most recent Twitter poll, 64 percent of those responding voted for Trump in 2016 compared to 36 percent who did not. (For context, I believe that the large majority of my Twitter followers identify as conservative Christians.)

At the rate of 15 to 1, those who voted for Trump in 2016 said they would do so in 2020.

Significantly, slightly over half of those who did not vote for Trump in 2016 said they would in 2020.

So, based on this small sampling, Trump is gaining more conservative Christians than he is losing.

Yet there’s no denying that he continues to violate Christian ethics with his meanspirited words and behavior. And I just don’t mean his behavior towards his political enemies.

He has thrown Jeff Sessions under the bus. He has insulted Rex Tillerson. He recently blamed Rick Perry for the Ukraine phone call.

As for his attacks on his opponents, who can begin to list them all? And who, in his right Christian mind, would dream of defending them all?

Yet it appears that evangelical Christian support for the president is increasing rather than decreasing. How can this be?

There are people very close to me who voted for Trump with great reluctance in 2016 and who do not plan to vote for him in 2020. They feel his behavior has so degraded and divided the nation that, in the end, he has done more harm than good.

From what I can tell, though, this position represents the minority view among Trump voters. How, then, do we explain this?

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Brown