Evangelicals and the Stormy Daniels Bump

Trump and Stormy

Over at Cleveland.com, historian Rodney Hessinger and sociologists Kristen Tobey, both of John Carroll University, call our attention to the fact that evangelical support for Donald Trump has actually grown since the Stormy Daniels affair.  They are not surprised.

Here is a taste of their op-ed, “President Trump gets a Stormy Daniels bump with evangelicals“:

The most recent Pew polls suggest that President Donald Trump hasn’t just held his support amongst white evangelicals but actually has grown his support since the Stormy Daniels story took hold.

With his white evangelical support having dropped to 61 percent in December, Trump now enjoys 78 percent support, just a shade beneath the support he won from white evangelicals on Election Day.

Many commentators have puzzled about the seeming hypocrisy of those who would see adultery and womanizing as grave sins. And yet for those who know the history of evangelicalism in America, this should be no surprise at all.

In fact, there are good reasons why we should expect this result. The history and sexual politics of evangelicalism in America fit well with Donald Trump and his message.

Read the entire piece here.

We have also commented on the Stormy Daniels-Trump affair.

2 thoughts on “Evangelicals and the Stormy Daniels Bump

  1. And the evidence and reasons continue to pile up as to why, in my view, this group of leaders — and followers! — have utterly relinquished the right to EVER speak again with any authority on any question of Biblical morality or ethics. It has become crystal-clear that what matters to this demographic has nothing whatsoever to do with any reasonable Biblical teaching, and has everything to do with politics and maintaining a particular social order, namely, the one that has them holding firm to the reins of power.

    I just wish they would be honest about this indisputable fact and simply acknowledge that their political power aims (so to speak) trump any concern for Biblical teaching or the gospel. But instead they try to “flavor” their prideful politics and vengeful culture warrior-ing with a smattering of Christian references to try to convey (or perhaps talk themselves into thinking) that theirs is the godly path.

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  2. Maybe they’re driving that point a little too hard?

    Have they shown that the “Stormy bump” is causation, not just correlation?

    Nevertheless, they’re onto something. Devotion to patriarchy, a penchant to grant mulligans to leaders who stumble, and an instinct to circle the wagons, is definitely a pattern.

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