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why white evangelicals abandoned their principles for donald trump

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why white evangelicals abandoned their principles for donald trump

in a new cover story for the atlantic, the conservative commentator michael gerson examines why america’s white evangelicals have gone all in for a president that you might have once thought they would find grotesque. despite his terrible conduct toward women, his racism, and his disregard for basic human decency, donald trump has managed to convince many evangelicals that he will protect what they see as their endangered status in modern-day america. he has also delivered to them a policy agenda rich in social conservativism. gerson, a harsh trump critic, looks at the complex history of america’s evangelical communities, and comes to the conclusion that the embrace of trump will ultimately be corrupting and catastrophic. as he writes, ...