In the wake of Sarah Huckabee Sanders telling CBN that she believes Donald Trump was anointed by God to be president, Fox News decided to add a question about this to their regular polling. Those results are highly disturbing, as nearly half of all Republicans agree with her.
Unsurprisingly, groups that more strongly support the president were more likely to believe that he has, if not a mandate, then at least the imprimatur of a higher power.
Nearly half of Republicans, 45 percent, believe that God wanted Trump to be president, with another 18 percent indicating that they weren’t sure. More than half of white evangelical Protestants — 55 percent — said that God endorsed Trump. Only 3 in 10 evangelicals said categorically that they didn’t think Trump had God’s explicit support in the election.
That is predictable, but quite terrifying, because how could you possibly reason with someone who believes such a thing? What could Trump possibly do to lose their support if they believe God put him in power? Once you’re convinced that God has anointed someone to be president, there is no room for the slightest doubt. Everything imaginable can be rationalized away in some manner, just as they do with so many other aspects of reality. I don’t know how it’s possible to have a functioning country when such a large percentage of the citizenry believes such nonsense.