Over at The Hill, Jonathan Easley thinks that Trump is delivering for his evangelical base. He may be correct. Trump is appointing conservative justices and he is dealing with evangelical concerns about birth control and religious liberty. I think this will help him with conservative evangelicals in 2020. All of this is happening, of course, as the reputation of American evangelicals declines rapidly. I am sure the court evangelicals are thrilled.
Here is a taste of Easley’s piece:
Social conservatives are ecstatic that their support for Trump — who Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) once described as an “imperfect vessel” for the religious right — is paying off in such a big way.
“The best part of Trump’s record so far is what he’s done on abortion and religious freedom,” said Jay Richards, a Catholic University professor and executive editor of The Stream. “Lots of people voted for Trump not because they recognized him as a social conservative, but because they believed that he’d fulfill the pledges he made during the campaign. So far, he’s acting to fulfill those promises and seems immune from the usual social pressures that have led politicians to buckle in the past.”
There are still a handful of promises that Trump made during the campaign that have not been fulfilled.
In a signed letter to anti-abortion groups, Trump made four promises. Only one — the nomination of an anti-abortion Supreme Court justice — has been met.
The rest of the promises will require action from the Republican-led Congress.
Trump has said he will sign legislation ending late-term abortions, which appears unlikely to pass the Senate. The president has also said he will reallocate money that goes to Planned Parenthood to other women’s health groups. That measure was in the GOP’s ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill that failed in the Senate.
Finally, Trump has pledged to enshrine into law the Hyde amendment, which prohibits taxpayer money from being used for abortions.
Read the entire piece here.