Of Course Many Christians Supported, And Still Support, Trump Over Hillary

The alternative was too frightening

By William M Briggs Published on March 20, 2018

The Atlantic says, “One of the most extraordinary things about our current politics — really, one of the most extraordinary developments of recent political history — is the loyal adherence of religious conservatives to Donald Trump.”

No it isn’t.

The most extraordinary thing is that the writer forgot that voters faced a choice in 2016. It was Trump or Hillary. The main question wasn’t then, and isn’t now, which of these two had less sin. It was which would treat Christians better after the election.

Trump won on both questions.

At Sea At The Atlantic

The Atlantic writer stressed:

Trump’s background and beliefs could hardly be more incompatible with traditional Christian models of life and leadership …

Trump supporters tend to dismiss moral scruples about his behavior as squeamishness over the president’s “style.” But the problem is the distinctly non-Christian substance of his values.

Trump’s unapologetic materialism — his equation of financial and social success with human achievement and worth — is a negation of Christian teaching. His tribalism and hatred for “the other” stand in direct opposition to Jesus’s radical ethic of neighbor love. Trump’s strength-worship and contempt for “losers” smack more of Nietzsche than of Christ. Blessed are the proud. Blessed are the ruthless. Blessed are the shameless. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after fame.

Okay, Mr. Atlantic, now do Hillary.

Deplorables Unite

In 2015 Hillary looked out across the vast sea of middle-American “deplorables” and found them wanting. She announced that “deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.”

This statement shocked even the Washington Post, which wrote that it was

perhaps the most radical statement against religious liberty ever uttered by someone seeking the presidency. It is also deeply revealing. Clinton believes that, as president, it is her job not to respect the views of religious conservatives but to force them to change their beliefs and bend to her radical agenda favoring taxpayer-funded abortion on demand.

Hillary’s campaign chairman John “Spirit Cooking” Podesta received an email that proposed Hillary “plant the seeds of the revolution” in the Catholic Church, which was called a “middle ages dictatorship.” Middle ages? Why can’t anybody remember the Catholic Church is 2,000 years old? Never mind.

Why would Christians want to vote for a candidate who was actively hostile to their faith? A candidate likely to pack the Supreme Court with ideologues? Answer: They would not.

That email was revealed during the campaign by Wikileaks. The Post reminds us it was one of many in which the “hostility to people of faith [was] simply breathtaking.”

Why would Christians want to vote for a candidate who was actively hostile to their faith? A candidate likely to pack the Supreme Court with ideologues? Answer: They would not.

Nothing To See Here

Then there were Hillary’s, let us call them, predilections. Remember how she said she scored an impossible hundred grand from a $1,000 investment on the commodities markets by “studying” the Wall Street Journal? Funny she never repeated that feat.

There were dozens and dozens of other scandals, cover-ups, shifty and suspicious business deals. Whitewatergate, Filegate, a weaponized Clinton IRS, Benghazi, Operation Fast and Furious, the pay-to-play Clinton Foundation, Uranium One, the DNC hacking of Bernie Sanders, Hillary Victory Fund money laundering scheme, the ties with the more curious aspects of the Obama administration. There were good reasons for those “Hillary For Jail” bumper stickers.

And finally her illegal email debacle and FBI “investigation,” which proved to everybody, even her supporters, that there was one law for Hillary (none) and another for the rest of us. But, yes, Trump can be curt with his enemies.

Sure, Trump was no sexual innocent. Yet did we really want Bill Clinton prowling around the West Wing again? Even the New York Times is now saying “I Believe Junita.” Junita Broaddrick was raped by Clinton, she said.

Maybe there was nothing in the many rumors about Clinton Retirement Plans. But, boy, do they play hardball.

Who Was Better?

All this was before the election. This is what Christians had to work with. Hillary was for praising the killing the lives inside would-be mothers. Trump was not. Hillary was against religious freedom. Trump was for it.

When she wasn’t speaking about Trump’s “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic” supporters, we heard Hillary say vague things about of her Christian convictions. But we didn’t believe her. We heard Trump, too. And while we didn’t exactly believe every word, we guessed he would better hold to Christian principles than would Hillary.

Again, all that was before the election. Since then we have begun to see the detritus exposed as the swamp starts to drain. Could it be members at the highest levels of our own government were conspiring to get Hillary elected? Can you imagine what it would have been like if she actually won?

It is thus no surprise that many Christians say a prayer of thanks for Donald Trump, as flawed as he is.

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  • John Connor

    No more frightening than ol trumpy

    • Stinger

      Boo!
      You trembling?
      Check under the bed for the boogie man.

      • John Connor

        Nah. Ol trumpy is good entertainment

  • Barbara Tigrett

    I am 67 year old mom and grandmother, with a son in the Navy defending my right to vote. Therefore, it was not an option not to vote even though I had to hold my nose. Contrary to Mrs. Clinton’s words concerning me and my vote, I can assure her that I make my own mind up about whom I will vote for and under NO circumstances would I ever vote for her!

  • Morenowthanever

    Great and fun write William. You nailed half of the election near the end of the article: “But we didn’t believe her.” I assure you this will be true of almost all GOP establishment candidates going forward. What makes Trump stand out, and maintains his base is sincere genuineness. How many slithering politicians say one thing and do the total opposite. “Fool me once……” Take note deep state, those days are gone.

  • The Lone Haranguer

    Two very bad options, but that’s politics. Nothing wrong with choosing the lesser of two evils.

  • Kevin Carr

    Couple the above mentioned beliefs of Hillary with the other criminal activity such as her storing and keeping classified emails on her unsecure private server, leaving men to die in Benghazi and then lying about it, the uranium one deal, and her seeming belief that laws are for little people, yes it was a choice of the lesser of two evils. For all of President Trumps failings and sins, there is some distance between his current life and past action, not so with Clinton. If he truly has changed, is there no grace?

    • stan schmunk

      How do you know Trump has changed? His lawyer paid Stormy Daniels $130,000 11 days before the election to keep her quiet. If a Democrat had done that…

      • Kevin Carr

        Where in my post did I say I know he has changed?

        • stan schmunk

          There’s distance between his current life and past actions…? Do you think he’s changed?

          • Kevin Carr

            Yes there is distance, I don’t know him personally, to me it seems there has been some change, which takes time. Do you sin? Have you sinned? Have you stopped sinning? How far into his past do you want to go?

          • stan schmunk

            Your sin or mine is awn irrelevant dodge. In what way has he changed?

      • Re: Stormy: Who cares? Rich people and companies pay off spurious claims all the time. And if her allegations are true, again, who cares? Trump is still not Hillary, and he still loves, not hates, America.

        • stan schmunk

          Are you a Christian? Your value system is questionable.

  • What “flaws”? I support Trump because he is the epitome of the American Christian Man. Trump has never drank or smoked or used illegal drugs. His emotionally strong children reflect their good raising. His culture is American Christian culture: live clean, be sober, be honest in business, be self reliant, work hard, expect honesty in government, punish crime, appreciate the maids and trash haulers, be a good steward, use your talents, love your children, take care of your family, act when you meet a person in need, help others and don’t expect applause for it, make the world around you a better place.

    Funny that Gerson can say with a straight face: “The corruption of a political party is regrettable. The corruption of a religious tradition by politics is tragic, shaming those who participate in it.” when he and his circle were the primary influencers of that corruption. “Humble” neo-con Michael Gerson managed to finagle himself into the Top Ten on Time Magazine’s list of “25 Most Influential Evangelicals”.

    What was it he sneered? Oh yeah…”Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after fame.”

    Gerson titlates by repeating all the gossip and impolite words he could find about President Trump. You can almost see him rubbing his hands together in delight as he regurgitates all the imaginary dirt and False Witness, not in direct quotes but in the steamy language of the Left. Michael Gerson is The Church Lady writ large. He has been in a perpetual Superior Dance for two years now.

    He whines about President Trump’s success as though he envies it. Wonder what Gerson’s net worth is? Joseph of Arimathea was the rich and famous 1st century Donald Trump who gave Jesus the tomb from which Our Savior arose.

    How many stories are there about how Michael Gerson stopped and helped a man being mugged? How many other people’s mortgages has Gerson paid off? Does Gerson know and speak with the people who pick up his trash? Does he listen to the political opinions of his maid and gardener? Does he even know their last names?

    I didn’t find any wonderful stories about Michael Gerson’s unselfish Christian behaviors. But there are some Michael Gerson stories:
    Wikipedia: “… an article by Matthew Scully (one of Gerson’s co-speechwriters) published in The Atlantic (September 2007) Gerson is criticized for seeking the limelight, taking the credit for other people’s work and for creating a false image of himself. “It was always like this, working with Mike. No good deed went unreported, and many things that never happened were reported as fact. For all of our chief speechwriter’s finer qualities, the firm adherence to factual narrative is not a strong point”
    Scully also had this to say about Gerson:
    “My most vivid memory of Mike at Starbucks is one I have labored in vain to shake. We were working on a State of the Union address in John’s (McConnell’s) office when suddenly Mike was called away for an unspecified appointment, leaving us to ‘keep going.’ We learned only later, from a chance conversation with his secretary, where he had gone, and it was a piece of Washington self-promotion for the ages: At the precise moment when the State of the Union address was being drafted at the White House by John and me, Mike was off pretending to craft the State of the Union in longhand for the benefit of a reporter.”

    What was it that Gerson sneered? Oh yeah… “Blessed are the proud… Blessed are the shameless. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after fame.”

    • stan schmunk

      Your first paragraph reveals that you’re totally deluded. And to compare Joseph of Arimathea with Trump? It’s one thing to support and vote for Trump but…

  • timeout31

    As a Christian I could not support anyone who fits into the democrat party and a lot of those in the republican party. Donald Trump is a Cyrus POTUS. He is not perfect. He presents himself as a man….not a putz. He is rough, yes. He is loud and obnoxious, yes.

    He is strong and he loves America. He is a believer, even if new. He allows and seeks prayer. He loves God. He has taken a stand against abortion. He has taken a stand for our Constitutional Republic. He has NOT presented himself as a “god” or a preacher.

    Flaws? Yes. God? No. Preacher no. However, I would like to see more preachers be as bold as POTUS is on matters of God, Word of God, Love of Country and our constitution.

    Perhaps less colorful words but with the same passion and truth.

    Amazing how hypocritical we all are.

    • stan schmunk

      He’s NOT a Christian. He said publicly that he’s never had to ask God to forgive him for anything. And he’s not a Cyrus. That thought is one of the greatest hoaxes ever perpetuated on us and we’ve swallowed quite a few. We were presented with two seriously flawed candidates. When the primary came to California it was already decided. In the national I wrote in.

      • Hmmm…

        All the more reason for you need to pray for him extra hard. dear.

        • Chip Crawford

          Right; no Heavenly judgement pass or spotlight issued for those being “right” about someone’s sins and shortcomings.

        • stan schmunk

          I do and I honor and respect him as my president. I agree with some of his actions and disagrees with others. I’m also aware that evangelicals and conservatives didn’t and don’t afford Obama the same courtesy.

          • Hmmm…

            Some have. It is taught strongly in my circles and griping and all that taught against. However, all were sorely tried. I and another couple left a home group that worried and fretted over Obama all the time, they were so distracted by his outrages. We have to actually do what we are taught and know to do. Again, both Clinton and Obama were strong “poison” to most. I notice the grace comes as I move into prayer and speaking God’s word instead of the problem. I do like the peace that goes with that.

    • Kevin Carr

      I agree with you, Donald Trump was not going to be beholden to the RNC elitist, because he took no money from them, left or right the political elitist cannot buy him, many Repubs don’t like him because he is a thorn in the golbalist’s side. He and Amb. Haley have pushed back hard on the UN, and he has attempted to protect this country, and said he would protect religious freedom. The also ran, would have all the opposite. Also, when you have someone as corrupt as the also ran, that thinks they are above the law, there is no telling what would shape we as a nation would be in. We got a glimpse from the previous occupant with the weaponization of the IRS and DOJ.

  • Linda

    It’s not that they chose Trump over Hillary that is inexplicable, it is that Christians selected him in the primary, over other true Christian candidates.

    • Stinger

      I did not vote for him in the primary but in November it was easy to pick him over her. This is politics, you don’t always get the whole loaf. I’m not really sure any of the other GOP runners could’ve beat the Witch.

      • Kevin Carr

        You are correct, I didn’t vote for him either. That being said if you go to a restaurant and order filet mignon and they only have the NY strip or bologna, if you want to eat you order what they have, I took the NY Strip.

    • Hmmm…

      It’s not that “they” chose Trump over the 16 or 17 other candidates, indeed, some of them Christians. It’s that he won over them by having something the others didn’t that is sorely needed this moment in our history: Squarer vision on some vital interests. Americans wanted someone who got the economy and foreign interests right. Lots of talk about moving the US embassy to Jerusalem, but finally action from Pres. Trump. Even Chuck Schumer complimented Pres. Trump on actually taking up the matter of the gross trade imbalance and acting on it. He is a vessel of use to right our ship and make it sounder. Jimmy Carter was a nice man and Sunday School teacher, but most agree, one of the worst presidents.

      • Babaloo Jones

        … still, hard to beat Mr. Obama…

        • Hmmm…

          For sure, but no semblance of actual practicing Christian, Bible believer going on there.

          • Babaloo Jones

            I did not like him at all and thought he was a fraud.
            Still I prayed for Mr. Obama and his family as we are taught to pray for those in authority.

      • Wesley

        Robert Jeffress and Jerry Falwell Jr. endorsed him before Iowa. yes Jeffress endorsed Trump by his flattery words about him. we mainly export food and import tech items. it takes a couple hundred bushels of corn or soybeans to equal the value of an iphone. we are net exporters, but the value of our exports does not equal the value of our imports. it is ironic we go shopping anywhere, but no one complains about the trade imbalance. i give the store bunch of dollars for thing, but the store never buys anything from me. the “trade deficit” is only in the minds of those who believe that a bunch of 1 and 0 in binary computer code is worth anything. money is only the means of exchange, and its value is only in the minds of those involved int the exchange. you do know that Jerusalem before the 1967 six-day war was home to the embassies of 13 countries. after the war those 13 countries moved them to Tel’viv as they view keeping it in Jerusalem as a security nightmare. you do no that tariffs on imports are a tax on American as all companies add the tax in their cost that their tax is in reality a tax of American people.

        • Chip Crawford

          This screed reminds me of a plaque I saw in a law library: “If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bulls***.”

    • Yawrate

      He came down hard on illegal immigration when no other Republican candidate would. I believe it was this single issue.

      • Hmmm…

        When I heard him speak so strongly and plainly about that and a couple of other things, I knew I was hearing more than talk. Obviously, the same thing happened for folks all across this country. I understand the problem for a lot of people. But God can be God to his people and fix their nation AND work on the flawed fixer at the same time.

  • Babaloo Jones

    Don’t y’all think we are being a little too picky about the specklessness of our president?
    There is a famous saying in Brazil that goes: “If you are thirsty, it does not matter the color of the mug.”
    We are on the verge of becoming the next chapter of the Mass Migration Flood saga, currently being written in the annals of European History.
    Our culture is being devoured by a mythological dragon called Diversity.
    Our kids receive daily persistent and unsparing infusion of sugar, flour, gender fluidity, self-absorption and Marxism.
    Our churches seem to willingly follow the Laodicean model, outlined in Revelation 3:14-16
    As per George Senior’s prophecy in his 9/11/1991 address, we are marching with firm steps towards the fulfillment of “the promise and vision of the U.N.’s founders.” (Get behind, Satan!)
    We all know the prez is not perfect . Lots of room for improvement there ( and right here in my very own heart, by the way!)
    But he is sincere in his respect to the Christian faith, how is that for a change?
    He is, moreover, doing a great job fixing what his the poster child for marital virtue and coolness had the audacity of calling legacy.
    Of course we are troubled by his alleged fleshly propensities – One more reason for us to pray for him and his beautiful family, believing that God is the one that persuades and convinces us trough the Holy Spirit, with His extravagant, unmerited and inexplicable offer of grace.

  • Xrucianus

    It’s 2018. We’re no longer faced w a binary choice. The degree to which we evangelicals are playing “see no evil” re our POTUS is in violation of what our nation needs most of all – the cross and the way of Christ.

    • Donald Trump is still our President. He still loves America. He ordered the IRS to stop illegally censoring what priests could say from the pulpit. He has done more to ensure and protect Christian religious freedom in America than any President in the last 90 years.

      No man is perfect. Politicians are notoriously corrupt and wicked. Donald Trump is, by far, the best of a very sorry lot. Complaining that he is imperfect smells of despair. And cries that we just need more religion fall on deaf ears. In this pluralistic society, which religion? Which Christ? Judeo-Christ, the all-loving and all-giving God of the Jews, Christians, and Communists? Tell the Christian bakers and wedding planners that ‘more Christ’ is the answer to an all powerful government that is hostile to the very concept of faith and God’s laws.

      What our nation needs is fewer people from outside our nation. Only when the barbarians have turned back, can we then worry about lesser details. You know, the issues like the fiscal insolvency of our nation’s government and the collapse of the tax and spend system in 2033. Issues like the demographic collapse of white society (currently 1.76 live births per woman). The nation is the people, their culture, and their land. We must protect all three, not just the land. To have a future, we must have children, and raise our children in our culture. And we must ignore the pleas of those who would have us sacrifice the future of our nation in exchange for a mass of pottage.

      • Xrucianus

        ‪Dialoguing & trembling w the Holy Spirit early this morning. Beloved, we’re in an hour of TROUBLE:

        “It’s 2018, and no longer 2016. And the degree to which the Church has transgressed My holiness, and is championing & playing SEE NO EVIL re this carnal president is in direct opposition to what America needs most of all – the cross and the way of Christ.‬”

        “She, herself is standing between Me, and what I long to release to America.
        O Church, do you suppose that by taking in & burying this man’s many detestable & unrepentant sins that
        a.) I do not see?
        b.) you still hope to achieve political & spiritual victory?
        c.) you will escape the fate of Achan?”

        “The Church has brought herself to the Valley of ACHOR.” (Joshua 7:26)

        “The people of God have sinned, and they have also transgressed My covenant which I commanded them. For they have even taken some of the accursed things, and have both stolen and deceived; and they have also put it among their own stuff. Therefore, your sons & daughters could not stand before their enemies, but turned their backs before their enemies, because they have become doomed to destruction. Neither will I be with you anymore, unless you destroy the accursed from among you. Get up, sanctify the people, and say, ‘Sanctify yourselves for tomorrow, because thus says the Lord God: “There is an accursed thing in your midst, O people; you cannot stand before your enemies until you take away the accursed thing from among you.” (Joshua 7:11-13)

        • Chip Crawford

          Put a sock in it. Trump has changed. That was then; this is now. The ministers aligned with him have to associate with him to some degree to minister to him. Duh. If you can’t see the hit job they actually proclaimed – resist! – obstruct! – who should listen to your stuff. They are all about taking over and being the controllers. You’re missing it with this; not at all what is going on and not at all how you should be relating to it. Repent. God will forgive you and show you what you are missing. If you are a resist and obstruct troll, that’ll fall on you. God is real and he doesn’t like what you and others are up to, whether “real” or imagined.

          • Xrucianus

            My friend, in this hour of trouble, by His grace, I’ll stick to taking up the cross & fidelity to Jesus. Our Fathers goodness to you as you do the same.

          • Chip Crawford

            Your best idea yet!

          • Xrucianus

            Yes. Fidelity to God in both praxis & theology. Sorely needed.

      • “Do not put your trust in [presidents]
        Nor in a son of man, who cannot bring salvation.” -Psalm 146:3 (Bracket mine)

        “This is what Jehovah says:

        “Cursed is the man who puts his trust in mere humans,
        Who relies on human power,
        And whose heart turns away from Jehovah.” -Jeremiah 17:5

  • Where would the Clintons be without good old Arkancide? Let us examine some of the lesser known, but more notorious of Bill Clinton’s deeds.

    Bill gave a nuclear power plant to North Korea, in exchange for cash. They now use this plant to create the fissile material they use to make atomic bombs.

    Bill gave China advanced submarine technology, that they have used to make submarines that our ships have a very hard time detecting. Why did he do this? For cash.

    Bill could not be bothered to interrupt his golf game for two minutes to authorize a strike on Osama bin Laden. Twice.

    Bill was not interested in being handed Osama’s head on a literal platter, when it was offered after the Kenya embassy bombing. He simply didn’t care.

  • Chip Crawford

    Hey Christians: Jesus is all about redemption, have you heard? Use that tongue to pray and lift up those you so clearly see in fault and error instead of wagging it against them.

    • D McGovern

      It’s always amusing to be lectured on Christian principles by……..people with the slenderest understanding of them.

      • Chip Crawford

        I know … I hate when people do that … God bless you!

  • Yawrate

    For me it always comes down to the lesser of two evils.

    And in this case one was MUCH less evil than the other.

  • michael

    Trump was the worst choice because he’s a dark person .

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