Deplorables: White evangelicals support Trump, they share his racism, and they are delighted to see Trump give voice to their hatred and bigotry.
For white evangelicals, Trump’s racism is a feature, not a bug. Long before Trump “disparaged African nations as ‘shithole countries’ and questioned why the United States would admit immigrants from them and other nations, like Haiti,” anybody paying attention knew that Trump was a mean-spirited white supremacist that frequently made overtly racist comments and supported racist causes.
Yet despite overwhelming evidence that Trump is, and always has been, a white supremacist and a racist, white evangelicals love Trump.
Five Thirty Eight reports that national exit polls from the 2016 presidential election show white evangelical voters voted in record high numbers for Donald Trump, 81-16 percent. It is the widest margin for a Republican presidential candidate ever among evangelicals since they have been tracking the numbers.
The Wall Street Journal confirms that more than 80% of white evangelical and born-again Christians voted for Trump. According to national exit polling, a larger percentage of evangelicals backed Trump then backed Mitt Romney, John McCain, or George W. Bush, the GOP candidates in the past three elections.
The fallout from Trump’s most recent racist rant has been fast and furious, but it is doubtful that the white evangelicals who voted Trump into office will be bothered by the deplorable remarks.
Perhaps the most powerful and succinct commentary came ffom CNN’s Don Lemon, who began his evening broadcast with a simple, stark, declarative sentence:
The president of the United States is racist.
A lot of us already knew that.
The anchor went on to note:
Those comments are frankly disgusting. There’s other language I would like to use, but we are on television. But you know what? They’re not shocking. Not even really surprising, because this is who Donald Trump is. This is what he thinks.
Lemon is right – a lot of us already knew that Trump was a racist. In fact, anyone paying attention knew that Trump was a racist long before he made his latest racist remark concerning “shithole countries.”
Also commenting on Trump’s “shithole countries” remark, CNN’s chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin noted:
He has racist views. And the worst thing is: that’s part of his appeal. It’s a feature, not a bug. There are a lot of people who like this.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) January 11, 2018
Toobin’s right: For Trump supporters, the racism is a feature, not a bug.
Bottom line: It is sad but not surprising to note that the majority of evangelicals are happy to support a man with a long and well documented history of racism, misogyny, and corruption, a man that brags about being able to sexually assault women with impunity, a man that proudly spouts racist talking points to please his white evangelical base.
Ultimately, conservative Christians are shameless hypocrites who reject morality and decency in favor of white supremacy and racism, while happily following an immoral, authoritarian, racist, bully.
And our long national nightmare continues.