Will white evangelicals ever support Trump’s impeachment?Posted by Annie May / October 26, 2019
A recent Atlantic piece suggests that white evangelicals will never support Trump’s impeachment. They cite polls revealing that two-thirds of white evangelicals think Trump has not hurt the dignity of the presidential office, and 82% of white evangelicals want Trump to remain on the ballot in 2020. The numbers, the Atlantic piece says, are rising, even as Trump becomes more embattled. Some evangelicals think that Democrats are rabid and attempting to start a civil war.
The author’s point is confusing and not particularly well made, but what’s worse is the tone. The piece makes it seem as though white evangelicals are crazy, and that their support of Trump is blind and illogical. But evangelicals have a reason to support Trump––the author simply didn’t do the research to find out what that might be. The New York Times did a better job, suggesting that evangelicals felt attacked during the Obama administration.
But again, the New York Times fell into the same trap, treating Trump supporters like crazy people. But they’re not crazy, they’re people with firm beliefs that you may not understand. There is an internal logic to those beliefs. Instead of reading about why evangelicals are crazy, try talking to some and sincerely trying to understand their point of view.