Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been pandering for the Evangelical vote for some time now. This may be his most effective effort to date.
On Friday, Trump took the stage at the Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit. The annual summit is, by and large, held both by and for the most vehemently anti-LGBT, pro-life, and religious voters. Trump, however, managed to stay away from LGBT rights and abortion the entire time.
By no means does that Donald Trump should be praised. At the very least, Trump is an opportunist. It seems he will say essentially whatever he needs to in order to get the vote he’s looking to secure. His own values ebb and flow with the tides of voters he’s speaking to. His stance on abortion and LGBT rights today may very well not be the same stance he holds tomorrow.
Mr. Trump’s presence at the conference should trouble the notion that Trump is a same sex marriage supporter. Though he may have managed to stay away from explaining his actual position on the matter during his speech, the fact that he even made an effort to appeal to such an audience speaks volumes in and of itself.
According to Jezebel, Trump’s speech at the conference also showcased his hypocrisy.
On Friday, Trump successfully read his speech from a teleprompter through squinted eyes, occasionally breaking away to offer his signature nonsense word salads, which I guess counts as, in the broadest of terms, a success. He discussed the state of the country for Christians (“Our media culture often mocks and demeans people of faith… I hear how hard it is for parents to raise children in today’s media environment,”), his plans to repeal the Johnson Amendment, which bars tax-exempt organizations (ie. churches) from political endorsements, his plans to repeal Obamacare and to let families choose schools for their children. He also reprised his what have you got to lose shtick about black and Latinx communities, but this time saying it “with the utmost respect.”
Trump has been critical of his political opponent’s use of the teleprompter, but he seems to have had a change of heart in recent time. As the November election nears, Trump has desperately sought to clear up his public persona as a means of salvaging his campaign.
Though the Evangelicals may be buying it, the American public shouldn’t be fooled.
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