Conservative evangelicals catapulted then-candidate Donald Trump to an against-all-odds victory in 2016. And this year they’re again throwing their political lot with a bombastic businessman from Queens with a sordid past and a penchant for social-media provocation. To find out why, I spoke to a number of evangelical pastors and thought leaders.
The reasons aren’t that complicated: As president, Trump has proved solidly pro-life and absolutely sound on Israel, while Joe Biden’s coziness with the hard left downright terrifies this crucial voting bloc.
Jack Hibbs, the pastor at California’s Calvary Chapel, Chino Hills, told me that pro-life issues continue to be the main catalyst, impelling evangelicals to rally around Trump 2020. “Not only has Donald Trump been the most pro-life president in recent American history,” he said, “but his pro-family, pro-adoption policies have made it loud and clear that Donald Trump is concerned for the American family.”
Samuel Rodriguez, an author and preacher who leads the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, agreed that Trump has “done more for the pro-life community than any other president in history.”