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Trump as white evangelical Protestants’ “dream president”

Trump as white evangelical Protestants’ “dream president”

One hundred days into his term of office, Donald Trump continues to do well in the opinion of white evangelical Protestants, according to a report from the Pew Research Center.

Jerry Falwell Jr, President of Liberty University, went so far as to call Trump a “dream president” in an interview with Fox News at the hundred-day mark.

Sojourners reports,

When asked why evangelicals rated the president’s performance so high, Falwell first pointed to Trump’s Supreme Court appointment and attacks on ISIS, but then pivoted to Trump’s domestic campaign promises.

” … evangelicals didn’t just vote on social issues this time, because the Republican establishment had lied to them over decades about those issues, and so instead, they went a different direction,” Falwell said. “They were concerned about the borders, about bringing jobs back. I think they’re just as thrilled about all those things — going after sanctuary cities, all those things.”

When asked about negatives, Falwell blasted “moderate Republicans who … seem to be obstructing Donald Trump’s agenda.”

Pew Research last week reported a 75% approval rating for the job the president is doing among white evangelical Protestants; nearly twice the approval rating he enjoys among the broader general public.

Trump’s support from evangelicals is strongest among those who attend church regularly. Eight-in-ten white evangelical Protestants who attend church at least once a month approve of the way Trump is handling his job as president, including 67% who strongly approve of his job performance. White evangelical Protestants who attend church more sporadically approve of Trump’s job performance at a nearly comparable rate (71%), but they are significantly less likely than churchgoing evangelicals to strongly approve (54%).

Among White mainline Protestants, Trump’s approval rating hovered around 50%. For black Protestants, it dropped to 12%.

Find more on the Pew Research Center data here; more on Jerry Falwell Jr’s interview here.

Featured image via Jerry Falwell Jr on Twitter


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JC Fisher

“Dream” President? Or rather, *The Nightmare*?

Kyrie eleison…

Jay Croft

David Allen–

Exactly. Once I was leading a Bible discussion group. (I refuse to call it a “Bible class.”)

I had asked a friend with a fundy background to make a transparency of a certain Biblical passage. I usually use the NRSV; this guy used a fundy paraphrase.

The concept was so different that I couldn’t go on. I called off the group in mid-session and we started again next week.

Stuart Kenny

It would be interesting to have a police sketch artist draw Falwell’s picture of Jesus based on his description. I suspect the sketch would look more like Odin, the Norse warrior and generous friend to his tribe. I don’t think Falwell would be able to identify Jesus in a line-up.

Linda McMillan

Thank you for not calling them “evangelical Christians.”

Jay Croft

Whatever happened to the term “fundamentalists?” As in “Bible-thumping KJV-only fundamentalists?”

David Allen

A lot of fundamentalists prefer the modern language paraphrases, which appear to me to have been paraphrased by other fundamentalists.

Jim Burns

The fact that they are standing in front of a framed Playboy Magazine cover says it all.

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