Some Evangelicals Are Turning On Trump — Not Over His Inhumane Policies — Because Of His Foul Language
Some Christian evangelicals (80 percent supported Trump in 2016) are souring on President Donald Trump, not for his inhumane policies or corruption, but rather because of his foul language.
Trump-supporting West Virginia state senator Paul Hardesty told POLITICO that he received three calls that complained Trump was “using the Lord’s name in vain” at his racist campaign rally in Greenville, North Carolina in July:
The third phone call is when I actually went and watched his speech because each of them sounded distraught… 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.”
Pro-life Trump reportedly bragged about bombing Islamic State militants: “They’ll be hit so goddamn hard.”
Trump used similar language when he threatened people’s bank accounts if they did not vote for him: “If you don’t support me, you’re going to be so goddamn poor.”
While Trump evangelicals were fixated on Trump’s profanity, the rest of the nation was shocked when the rally chanted “send her back” chant broke out as Trump went after Somali-born Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.
Hardesty said that he sent Trump a formal letter to “reflect on your comments and never utter those words again,” but has not received a reply.
A pro-Trump pastor, who refused to give his name, expressed his worries over Trump’s language:
Carelessly invoking the Lord’s name in a fit of anger is one thing, but repeatedly doing it for shock value … that does raise questions about the president’s respect for people of faith.