You Don’t Support Trump? Neither Did I, Until…

By Michael Brown Published on October 15, 2018

I’m reading about more and more people like Erick Erickson. They were once Never Trumpers, but they would vote for him in 2020 if he runs again. What’s changing their minds?

I Once Opposed Trump

I, too, once opposed Donald Trump. I didn’t like his past. I didn’t trust his intentions. His character, to me, was highly suspect.

I had no idea what he really believed or stood for. And I certainly questioned if his outreach to evangelical Christian leaders was sincere. Wasn’t he just using them, as others had in the past?

To be totally honest, I had actually forgotten just how deeply I disliked him when he was a Republican primary candidate. But when editing my new book on Trump, which includes 90 Trump-related articles from August 2015 to August 2018, I realized just how much of a problem I used to have with this highly controversial figure.

The Present Filter

You see, most of us remember the past through the filter of the present. It’s like the man who says to his wife after 30 years of marriage, “I want a divorce. The truth is, I never really loved you.”

His present attitude has clearly distorted the facts of the past.

It was the same with me and Donald Trump. It was only while re-reading my articles written about him during the primaries that I remembered just how much I did not want to see him win.

And, to be brutally honest, since I had endorsed Ted Cruz and Trump was his main opposition, on some level, even subconsciously, I must have looked at Trump as the competitor. So, just like you root for your home team and against the opposition, I rooted for Cruz and against Trump.

How did I go from that attitude to rooting for him and voting for him? How is it that today, despite my ongoing concerns about some of the president’s message and methods, I’m hoping for a red wave in the midterms? (For the record, I’m registered as an Independent but consistently vote Republican, especially because of key social issues.)

Let’s think about what is changing the minds of some formerly Never Trumpers.

Never Trumpers’ Change of Mind

The Kavanaugh hearings revealed just how intense and ugly the opposition can be.

The Democrat-inspired mobocracy is deeply disturbing.

The radicality of the pro-abortion movement has been unveiled for all to see, along with the radicality of the extreme feminist movement.

The outright hostility of the leftwing media has revealed their depth of antipathy, not just to Trump but to conservative values in general.

The emergence of die-hard socialist candidates has made our choices starker.

It’s even increasingly hard to deny that some kind of “deep state” exists.

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On the positive side, Trump has done a great job with the economy. He is doing better against ISIS and Islamic terrorism. He has proven to be a true friend to Israel. He has made some positive progress with hostile countries. He is absolutely keeping his promises about Supreme Court and Federal Court nominees. And he has proven sincere in his commitment to stand with evangelical Christians.

In my case, there were several factors that led to a change of thinking, all of which can be followed in the chronological reprinting of the 90 aforementioned articles included in my book.

Change of Thinking

First, I always said that if it was Trump vs. Hillary, I would reevaluate my opposition to him.

Second, prophetic words from friends of mine saying that God had raised up Trump like a Cyrus-type figure (a foreign king who was not a worshiper of Yahweh) had me asking the whole time, “Am I wrong here?”

Third, the fact that he struck a chord with so many Americans got my attention.

Fourth, the fact that he beat so many fine Republican candidates suggested strongly to me that there was a supernatural wind in his sails.

Fifth, close friends of mine who were respected evangelical leaders spent lots of time with him and assured me that he was open and listening.

Sixth, his positions became more consistent, leading me to believe (or, at least) hope, that he would keep his word, hence my vote for him.

Trump’s Promises

Now, as president, while I certainly do not support his every word and deed, I must say he is doing the things I hoped he would do if elected.

Would it be great if would be a good role model too? Absolutely.

Do I often wish that he could unify more people behind him? Certainly.

But am I glad I voted for him? Without a doubt.

And, as I’ve often said, if it were Trump vs. Hillary today, I’d vote for him without any hesitation.

Perhaps this analogy will prove helpful.

Who Would You Choose?

There are a bunch of pit bulls with rabies terrorizing a neighborhood and biting the children. But there is no town dog catcher, and kids are suffering and dying.

Two candidates emerge.

One is the nicest guy in the world. He’s happily married with great kids, and you’ll never hear a foul word from him. But he can’t even catch a fly. The guy is hopeless.

The other candidate is as nasty as they come. His three ex-wives hate him. He curses like a drunken sailor. But the guy can catch a dog with his teeth.

For whom would you vote?

The Man for the Job

That’s where many formerly Never Trumpers are today. The stakes are that high, and he’s the man for the job. A great role model would be a wonderful plus. It’s just not in the cards right now.

So, let’s keep standing with President Trump, both in prayer and in face to face support, helping him become a better man. And let’s make our voices and votes heard for the good of the nation. The political stakes are really that high.


Dr. Michael Brown recently joined Stream publisher James Robison in our studio to discuss Brown’s new book, Donald Trump is Not My Savior. You can watch the videos at the #TrumpIsNotMySavior series page.

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  • Paul

    “Would it be great if would be a good role model too? Absolutely.”

    Herein lies your ongoing problem. On one hand you say “On the positive side, Trump has done a great job with the economy. He is doing better against ISIS and Islamic terrorism. He has proven to be a true friend to Israel. He has made some positive progress with hostile countries. He is absolutely keeping his promises about Supreme Court and Federal Court nominees. And he has proven sincere in his commitment to stand with evangelical Christians.” And then say he is not a good role model. A man does a great job and keeps his word but isn’t a role model? What exactly is this “role model” you so highly exalt in judging people? Maybe it is time you also re-evaluate that entire concept you still hold against Trump to this day.

    Too many Christians have been duped into believing that political candidates must be saints and that casting a vote for any who don’t meet that standard is deep down some type of sin. That falsehood has kept too many Christian voters home on election day and Church leaders and communicators who shill that message by focusing in on a persons failures instead of their successes and policy priorities are doing a disservice to the Christian community and the entire nation.

    • Forrest Hamilton

      Exactly, we don’t need Trump to teach Sunday School, we need him to run the government. Big deference

    • Jim Walker

      Totally agree. Dr Brown brought back Trump’s past many times reminds me each time he had a log over his eyes trying to take the speck from Trump.

  • Donald McLaughlin

    One thing that was clear during the 2016 primaries as well as the general election is that Trump understood that the legitimate role of government is to establish the rule of law, protect the innocent and restrain evil. Whether he understood it in those terms or not, it was clear from every speech he gave as a candidate, and everything he’s done since becoming POTUS that he does get that. It also happens to have the added bonus of being the biblical worldview of the role of government.

  • tz1

    The problem is your “role model” is wrong.
    Consider your alternatives.

    Do you think Ted Cruz would not just be another Bush?

    Worse, you prevented (along with most) an honest debate about things like his wife’s CFR paper he loved on how we had to destroy our constution to merge with Mexico and Canada, her Goldman Sachs job, whether he would REALLY appoint judges like Trump simply promised, since it was framed as “How Dare you disagree with God’s Choice!”.

    Would Cruz just be another:
    Read my lips, well, I broke my promises…
    Would he have appointed Gorsuch and Kavanaugh, or stealth squishy moderates like Roberts who rewrote Obamacare from the bench to save it? If he did appoint a Kavanaugh would he have fought for him? Or made excuses?
    Remember the Terri Schiavo battle where two Bushes let her be horribly tortured to death while protesting they did everything they could.
    Would the US Embassy be in Jerusalem, or more excuses?
    Would the Iran deal be extended, or would we be sending troops to Yemen or Syria?
    Would we have the economy from the revised trade deals and regulation cuts or would he fear “but climate change!” crowd and keep us in the Paris accords?

    The only other candidate I expected would fight is Rand Paul. Cruz? He was fighting Trump, but not the left, and for the wrong reason – the same Politically Correct nonsense where some bad press would stop him cold. Note in the Kavanaugh hearings it was Lindsay Graham that had enough and fired his righteous indignation at the democrats, not Cruz.

    Your analogy is off in that the nice person CAN catch dogs as well as the nasty person, but fails to catch more than one occasionally because PETA or ASPCA says nasty things about him so he has to be nice to the rabid dogs and not scare or hurt them in any way. The nasty person just shoots every rabid dog he finds and has a hazmat team clean up while PETA just shrieks.

    The “nice” person is evil. Making excuses and breaking promises is lying. Is someone who does that your idea of a good “role model”? And they NEVER repent. No one ever calls out these COWARDS. There are masculine virtues – and their opposite are vices, which are just as evil as the more obvious ones but more subtle. Or ignorable like “low energy” Jeb!. You have forgiven far more of these subtle vices from every other “electable” candidate than any of Trump’s obvious vices.

    Trump’s message was in sum: “yes, I’m a lecher, but the others are weak, cowardly liars that won’t have the fortitude to do what they promise, but I have ALWAYS done what I said I would do!”.

    The moment for me was in the debate that showed Ted Cruz was squishy and Trump was certain was when asked about waterboarding. Cruz said Congress made it illegal, but it isn’t REALLY torture, but I would do what was necessary to protect America. The usual moderate triangulating non-answer. Trump said simply: “I’ll do worse”. Note I was horrified because waterboarding IS torture, but it made clear I could not trust ANYTHING Cruz said, and Trump was going to keep every promise including the ones I didn’t want him to.

    The nasty person and God apparently found each other – I can’t imagine Bush, or Romney kneeling while pastors pray over him in the oval office. He mentions God or our Christian heritage constantly (offending the PC liberals). There is more joy in heaven over one sinner that repents than 99 who never go astray.

    • Paul

      Interesting. My early preferences in the primary was Paul, Cruz and then Trump. Paul dropped out early which tells me he is a quitter, barely hung in there. And Cruz blew it for me when he tried to slander Trump with the “New York values” line, which basically was his high brow version of Hillary’s deplorables, casting aspersions on an entire state. Trump hung in there, kept on fighting and is doing the same today.

      I recall all the primary Rs making a big deal about getting Trump to support the eventual candidate (always assuming it wouldn’t be him) and yet when Trump won the primaries they walked away from him, each one who did a bald faced liar.

      Romney is now lying through his teeth as well, claiming he wasn’t against Trump. The only thing that makes a RINO barely tolerable is that the Ds genocide and communist platform is downright despicable.

      • tz1

        Paul flamed out, worse than his Father…

        Say, where were all the evangelicals on the perfect model of Constitutionality, Charity, Family, Christian Values in 2008 and 2012? Oh, he didn’t want to make the middle east glow and was considered “unelectable”. So much for principles, but I digress…

        Paul bowed out when it was clear that he had no path to the nomination. He could continue to push but to no end, not even education.

        Cruz did say he would support the nominee, then self-immolated at the convention. He went back on it later though, but too late.

        And you PERFECTLY summarized the current 2018 RINO problem – it WILL make a difference between the RINO who might be pushed into working with Trump, especially on the dull procedural stuff, and a rabid walking dead zombie violent crazy democrat.

        But the more crazy on the Democrat’s side, the more RINOs are likely to just say Flake it and go with Trumpopulism.

  • swiftboat

    I did not vote for President Trump for obvious reasons , but -and I do not make this statement lightly- I would now take a bullet for him. Lord please bless him and keep him. amen

    • Paul

      Glad to see the change of heart. I’m curious what were the obvious reasons and who got your vote?

      • swiftboat

        I paid careful attention to his policies not his rhetoric. His leadership and dedication to his campaign promises tipped the scale for me I am now an ardent supporter. Have a blessed day.

  • TJ

    I didn’t vote period last time becase I didn’t want either of them in office. As an independant I will be voting for Trump in 2020.

  • BW

    I’m just glad some of the Never Trumpers are finally coming to their senses and seeing what many of us saw *before* the election.

    That is all water under the bridge, though. You’re welcome in from the cold; have a coat.

  • This article brought two things to my mind last night, especially, the section on “Who Would You Choose?”

    1. The impotence of the Church. The fact that abortion has been legalized and to stand as the law of the land since 1973 only shows the weakness in the Church to influence for good.

    2. The backslidden character of the Church. The fact that we have such a President as Trump only shows the hypocrisy within the Church, that she is willing to choose one diametrically opposed to what she professes to teach and embrace.

    • Jeffrey Job

      Again, you think Queen Hillary would better promote Kingdom values? Are you kidding me?

  • David N. Gray

    Beneath the question of whether Trump is doing a good job as president is the deeper question of what do we think the president’s job is supposed to be? I think that the president of a democracy should be a leader, but Trump seems to have the mind-set of a ruler. Do we want a king who will fix everything by decree, or do we want someone to lead us in solving problems together? The answer to that affects the relevance of being a good role model or having good character.

    • Jeffrey Job

      Yup, Queen Hillary would be a great role model and of course she has a long history of working with others with a different opinion. As a Catholic we are of the belief that when evaluating two less than morally stellar candidates, it is permissable to vote for the one who would do the least evil. The sitting out an election because the candidate isn’t pure enough for you is always a vote for the most evil but it sure makes you feel sanctimonious. That means virtue signalling to those of you in Rio Linda.

  • sc_cannon

    Trump is not a savior but he is the man for the times. I think he has made some mistakes and I am unaware of any significant social changes that he has made official policy, but it seems like the country is changing back to the way it use to be. The homosexualization of America seems to have stalled or is retreating, abortion is seen as less of a good thing than it use to be, and most importantly it doesn’t feel like Christians are being discriminated against by our government anymore.

  • Forrest Hamilton

    I held my nose and voted for Trump, because of Supreme Court nominations and has our POTUS came through big time. When Dr. James Dobson, Stephen Strang and James Robison all spoke of how they meet with Donald Trump several times and prayed with him saying he is the “real deal” that was good enough for me. POTUS and Melania started watching Dr. David Jeremiah back in 1993, so it has taken time for spiritual growth to occur, but isn’t that true for all of us?

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