Now that the upset in the 2016 presidential election is taking better shape, Donald Trump is preparing for one of two kinds of presidencies: either he will fulfill his bold, arguably often ignorant, claims from the campaign trail or fail to please his supporters.
This election was certainly eye-opening when looking at voter turnout for Trump across the country. When broken down by faith, the statistics show an incredible amount of support for the businessman stemming from the evangelical side of the aisle.
When compared to past elections, Pew research articulated just how it came to be that Trump was elected as our 45th president.
Per the report:
“…fully eight-in-ten self-identified white, born-again/evangelical Christians say they voted for Trump, while just 16% voted for Clinton. Trump’s 65-percentage-point margin of victory among voters in this group – which includes self-described Protestants, as well as Catholics, Mormons and others – matched or exceeded the victory margins of George W. Bush in 2004, John McCain in 2008 and Mitt Romney in 2012.”
While Trump’s support from this demographic isn’t necessarily surprising, how that demographic of white Christian voters responds to Trump’s actions in the future will certainly be under scrutiny.
…and rightfully so.
Trump won 56% of the vote from evangelical Christians who claimed to attend services at least one per week, according to further research from Pew.
Among his promises of mass deportations and a focus on boosting the economy, the part of Trump that may trouble some Christians over the course of four years is his tendency to flip-flop on issues.
As has already been demonstrated since election night, Mr. Trump appears to have experienced a change of mind on some of his most-stressed campaign promises — None more telling than the direct comment to Hillary Clinton that she’d “be in jail” if he was in charge of the country.
Most recently, Vanity Fair went out of their way to provide a list of promises broken and Hillary Clinton’s prison threat tops the list. Others provided in the report include a change of mind on the use of waterboarding, the cause of climate change, and the freedom of the press.
While these broken promises land squarely on Trump’s shoulders, one has to wonder how his constituents must feel, when this is happening far before he’s even inaugurated. Given the margin of Donald Trump’s electoral college victory, most of the middle American states gave Trump their votes. While Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, that’s the least of her or the country’s concerns moving forward.
Should Trump come through on his campaign promises, Christians that voted for him may have to give a deeper answer as to why their vote went where it did. Fair or not, non-Christians in America will expect a response from self-proclaimed Christians if Trump tries anything outside of his powers as president to fulfill promises he made during the campaign.
The explosion of the alt-right movement, better known as white nationalists, certainly doesn’t help the situation. It’s gotten to the point where these neo-Nazi rallies have clashed with other protesters, causing chaos on the streets.
Where Christians factor into this part of the equation is proving to everybody else that they’re different than the people wanting America to be purely white again. If they fail, it’s not just popularity that’s at risk — it’s their faith in general.
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