According to the New York Times, four-fifths of white evangelical voters plan to cast their ballots for Donald Trump. After all, according to Dr. Dobson he’s a “new” and “born-again” “baby Christian.” Never mind his multiple marriages, hatred of Hispanic evangelicals, black Roman Catholics, everyone that is but white supremacists.
White evangelicals thus define themselves as more or less members in good standing of the KKK, according to the poll of religious voters, released on Tuesday by the Pew Research Center.
Some influential evangelical leaders have joined the “Never Trump” camp, while others have pledged support for Mr. Trump. More came on board after he wooed about 1,000 of them in a closed-door meeting in New York. Now we know where the rank and file are: firmly in the new American fascist party formerly known as the GOP. According to the Times:
The poll also found that Catholics favored Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, over Mr. Trump by 17 percentage points — a significant shift from the 2012 presidential race, when Election Day exit polls showed Catholics split almost evenly between Mr. Romney and the Democratic incumbent, President Obama.
The change is largely because of the support of Hispanic Catholics, who make up about one-third of Catholics in the United States and favor Mrs. Clinton over Mr. Trump by an overwhelming 77 percent to 16 percent. White Catholics narrowly favor Mr. Trump over Mrs. Clinton, 50 to 46 percent, but Mrs. Clinton has a 19-point advantage among all Catholics who say they attend Mass weekly.
Black Protestants are firmly in Mrs. Clinton’s camp, and white mainline Protestants favored Mr. Trump over Mrs. Clinton, 50 to 39 percent. The survey did not show results for members of minority religious groups, like Buddhists, Hindus, Jews and Muslims, because there were not enough of them in the poll.
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