It wasn’t all that surprising when Republican Presidential candidates took advantage of the Paris attacks to try to shore up their national security credentials. In theory, it wasn’t a terrible plan, strategically speaking. After all, their base actually believed Trump when he said undocumented immigrants from Mexico included many rapists and drug dealers. Xenophobia is sort of their thing.
But it seems that even their conservative base has its limits. While Republicans bank on the fact that they’ll get the evangelical vote, some Christian leaders see that vote as uncertain now.