By now we know that many evangelicals who have serious character issues about Donald Trump are still voting for him because he will appoint conservative Supreme Court justices who will try to overturn Roe v. Wade and Obergell v. Hodges and respect religious freedom. This is an argument made by prominent evangelicals such as Wayne Grudem, Eric Metaxas, James Dobson, and others. Today I was talking to an evangelical who during the course of our conversation spent ten minutes attacking Trump only to tell me at the end of his tirade that he will be voting for him.
As I wrote last month, Trump’s decision to announce the names of his possible Supreme Court appointees is what is still keeping him in this race. It has proven to be his best move in this campaign.
But what about the fact that Trump is a serial liar? According to the bipartisan PolitiFact, 85% of the claims Trump has made on the campaign trail (or at least the statements PolitiFact checked) are either half true or false. (Compare to Hillary Clinton at 48%). Yesterday he told the crowds at one of his rallies about a video that did not exist and built and entire case against Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton based on the video. Today Trump admitted that he did not see the phantom video, but he did not say anything about the argument he made to his supporters stemming from his apparent viewing of it.
There is now a small cottage industry of websites and bloggers who list all of Trump’s lies. Just Google “list of Trump’s lies.”
I find it fascinating that evangelicals are willing to believe Trump will appoint conservative justices when, in fact, more than eight out of ten things he says are either half true or untrue. This is yet another sign of how evangelicals have placed their hopes in government as a means of accomplishing their ends, even to the point of hoping that a political candidate who rarely tells the truth will follow-through on his promise.. Are evangelicals so desperate that they will cling to the words of someone who Ted Cruz called a “pathological liar” and David Brooks says “lacks the inner equipment that makes decent behavior possible?”