Prominent author Johnnie Moore said that President-elect Donald Trump won the election because of conservative Christians who were concerned about religious liberty and the sanctity of life.
Moore, former senior vice president at Liberty University, spoke with The Christian Post about the impact of My Faith Votes, a non-profit organization that encouraged evangelical voters who did not vote in the past two elections to participate in the democratic process this year.
In the past eight months, My Faith Votes actively produced television and radio announcements that were broadcast in 100 million households across the U.S. to urge Christians to vote. The group also made videos featuring prominent Christians who talked about why and how they voted.
The exit polls revealed that white evangelicals voted overwhelmingly for Trump by a wide margin of 81 to 16 percent. Moore, a spokesman for My Faith Votes, said that the organization undoubtedly played an “indispensable role” in the election.
“I think My Faith Votes was one of the three most significant organizations that affected the outcome of this election because they focused on just one thing,” Moore told The Christian Post.
“At My Faith Votes, we focused on getting registered Christians to fulfill their moral and patriotic responsibility of showing up at the polls. We didn’t just do that in the last 48 hours. We did that over the last eight months,” he continued.
Moore believed the exit polls did not accurately represent the evangelical turnout.
“I don’t think they are reflective because you have self-identifying evangelicals and then you have those who identify themselves as Christians — the conservative Catholic vote and everything else,” he said.
Moore noted that Trump received 30 percent of the Latino vote despite the campaign rhetoric against illegal immigration. He believed that those should be counted among the evangelical votes. The exit polls, however, counted only white evangelicals.
The author pointed out that Trump received more Latino votes than 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. The president-elect also did better than Romney and John McCain among Catholics.
He asserted that the Catholic support for Trump was driven by concern for religious liberty, the sanctity of life and the plight of Christians in the Middle East.
Moore believed that Trump’s efforts to reach out to conservative evangelical leaders made a significant impact in uniting the skeptical evangelicals to vote for him. The president-elect met with over 900 evangelical leaders in June when he announced the addition of an evangelical advisory board to his campaign.