Priorities: White evangelical Christians love Trump’s racism, and his misogyny, but they call his profanity “blasphemy,” and are threatening to stay away from the polls in 2020 because Trump is “using the Lord’s name in vain.”
White evangelicals are apparently taking issue with President Donald Trump’s speech last month in Greenville, North Carolina, which included the crowd chanting “Send her back!” in reference to Dem. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.
But, unlike the majority of the country, it wasn’t the chant directed at Omar, an American citizen born in Somalia, that provoked ire among evangelicals. Rather, according to POLITICO, they were upset that Trump was “using the Lord’s name in vain.”
The issue (Trump’s use of profanity) has recently hit a nerve among those who have become some of the president’s most reliable supporters: white evangelicals… The group was key to Trump’s 2016 win, helping bolster his standing in critical swing states, and Trump likely needs to maintain that support if he wants to win a second term. But some are growing fatigued with the irreverent language that often seeps into Trump’s rallies and official events.
So what exactly is the profanity that is so concerning to white evangelicals? It’s Trump’s use of the term “goddamn.”
For example, at a recent rally Trump said “they’ll be hit so goddamn hard,” when talking about bombing Islamic State militants. At another point Trump warned the business community “if you don’t support me, you’re going to be so goddamn poor.”
For white evangelicals, ripping families apart at the border, placing children in cages, bragging about committing sexual assault, and promoting racism and white supremacy is perfectly acceptable, but taking the Lord’s name in vain is a deal breaker.
For example, Trump-supporting West Virginia state senator Paul Hardesty explains to POLITICO about his”distraught” constituents calling him to complain that Trump was “using the Lord’s name in vain,” noting:
The third phone call is when I actually went and watched his speech because each of them sounded distraught.
Senator Hardesty added:
I’ve had people come to me and say, ‘You know I voted for [Trump], but if he doesn’t tone down the rhetoric, I might just stay home this time.’
Bottom line: White evangelical Christians love Trump’s racism, and his misogyny, but they are bothered by his use of the term “goddamn,” complaining that the president is committing blasphemy by “using the Lord’s name in vain,” and threatening to stay away from the polls in 2020.