This may come as a shock to some of my friends, but I’ve never liked social conservatives very much. To me, they are a group of people who want a pastor more than a president. These are the people who decided not to vote for Mitt Romney in 2012 because he was Mormon. These are people who think Ted Cruz and Roy Moore are mainstream. These are people who backed Huckabee in 2008 during the Iowa caucuses. Yet, these same people have attached themselves to Donald Trump and hold him as some standard of what conservatism is supposed to be.
Let me get this straight: according to many SoCon’s a man who’s thrice divorced, has lied to anyone he came into contact with, just eight years ago was pro-choice has now become the person social conservatives look to? It’s impossible to take these people seriously.
In case you’re unaware, President Trump spent this past weekend at the Values Voters Summit this past weekend, and got the rockstar treatment. There were the vague insinuations that somehow or another saying “Merry Christmas” has been illegal all this time, and only Trump will set things right. The new line was “We don’t worship government, we worship God” in America. That’s rich coming from a man, who only a year ago had a problem identifying the New Testament book II (Second Corinthians); instead referring to it as “two Corinthians.”
Honestly, in the race of large swaths of the right to sell their soul to Trump, the religious right fell in line faster than others. SoCon darling, Sarah Palin, endorsed Trump before the Iowa caucuses, and many followed her lead. It didn’t matter what his previous statements were regarding life or marriage, they were led astray. Like sheep led to the slaughter, some might say
To this day, large portions of SoCon’s still support the president. In late August a poll was conducted by Politico found that 58% of evangelicals still supported him. Truly baffling numbers. So, the question becomes is Trump the type of man that evangelicals and social conservatives can rely on long term? Has the man really turned over a new leaf? For that answer let’s look to a few excepts from a recent article in the New Yorker:
“When I asked Trump if he shared Pence’s deeply conservative social views, he became uncharacteristically silent.”
Hmm, well now. That’s certainly interesting, isn’t it? Trump is one to love the sound of his own voice. So the fact that he became quite when asked if he shared the religious views of Vice President Pence is something to put into the memory bank. Maybe there’s something I’m missing, because Jerry Fallwell Jr. would never lie or mislead us right? Again, we turn to the article from the New Yorker:
A staff member from Trump’s campaign recalls him mocking Pence’s religiosity. He said that, when people met with Trump after stopping by Pence’s office, Trump would ask them, “Did Mike make you pray?” Two sources also recalled Trump needling Pence about his views on abortion and homosexuality. During a meeting with a legal scholar, Trump belittled Pence’s determination to overturn Roe v. Wade. The legal scholar had said that, if the Supreme Court did so, many states would likely legalize abortion on their own. “You see?” Trump asked Pence. “You’ve wasted all this time and energy on it, and it’s not going to end abortion anyway.” When the conversation turned to gay rights, Trump motioned toward Pence and joked, “Don’t ask that guy—he wants to hang them all!”
Now, that doesn’t sound like the champion of the religious right or social conservatives. I’d dare say that social conservatives got conned, by Donald Trump.
Now who’d have thought that would ever happen?