What Will Mother Say? Some conservative evangelicals believe Mike Pence deserves praise for being like a “very supportive, submissive wife” to President Donald Trump, according to a new report from the New York Times.
The illuminating report, titled “Christians Will Have Power,” by Elizabeth Dias, is a deep-dive into why evangelical Christians would support an obviously deeply flawed and immoral man like Donald Trump.
Turns out the answer is power. Dias writes:
Evangelicals did not support Mr. Trump in spite of who he is. They supported him because of who he is, and because of who they are. He is their protector, the bully who is on their side, the one who offered safety amid their fears that their country as they know it, and their place in it, is changing, and changing quickly,” Dias writes. “White straight married couples with children who go to church regularly are no longer the American mainstream. An entire way of life, one in which their values were dominant, could be headed for extinction. And Mr. Trump offered to restore them to power, as though they have not been in power all along.
In her report, Dias notes the many reasons conservative Christians had for supporting Trump, including:
That they saw him as their best chance in decades to end legalized abortion. That the opportunity to nominate conservative justices to the Supreme Court was paramount. That they hated Hillary Clinton, or felt torn to pick the lesser of two evils. That they held their noses and voted, hoping he would advance their policy priorities and accomplish their goals.
One conservative evangelical who Dias spoke with was Carolyn Schouten. The Trump supporter said:
I think Trump is good for America as a country. I think Trump is going to restore our freedoms, where we spent eight years, if not more, with our freedoms slowly being taken away under the guise of giving freedoms to all. Caucasian-Americans are becoming a minority. Rapidly.
If you are a hard-working Caucasian-American, your rights are being limited because you are seen as against all the races or against women. Or there are people who think that because we have conservative values and we value the family and I value submitting to my husband, I must be against women’s rights.
Schouten tried to explain:
It takes a stronger woman to submit to a man than to want to rule over him.
However, for Schouten, Vice President Mike Pence is doing a great job serving as a “supportive, submissive wife” for President Donald Trump. The “good Christian woman” who believes a woman should submit to a man and worries about the plight of “Caucasian-Americans” said:
Mike Pence is a wonderful gentleman. This is probably a very bad analogy, but I’d say he is like the very supportive, submissive wife to Trump. He does the hard work, and the husband gets the glory.
Bottom line: Some conservative evangelicals believe Mike Pence deserves praise for being like a “very supportive, submissive wife” to President Donald Trump.