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Unholy war: The few evangelicals who stood up to Trump
White evangelicals — as a percentage of the population — are in decline.Foremost were a small group of Christian conservatives. The white evangelical community overwhelmingly supported the former president, whose actions, rhetoric and character were antithetical to the faith and values that community usually proclaims. They justified it by pointing to his appointment of federal judges and his anti-abortion stances. Trump won more than three-quarters of white evangelicals last November.
The unconstitutional impeachment trial of former presidentis finally over. The horrific and inexcusable breach of the U.S. Capitol by a violent mob left the nation mourning the loss of five lives to indefensible lawlessness. Conservative Christians are devastated, and evangelical leaders led the way in denouncing the riot in real time on the very social media platforms that now spurn them, calling for justice and for the guilty to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
The Left quickly began using the tragedy as an excuse to take revenge on its political enemies for daring to support President Trump and his policies. At the top of the list is the Left's favorite whipping boy: evangelical Christians.
Republicans surrender to the extremist caucus
Congressional Republicans have crystallized an ominous question by rejecting consequences for Donald Trump over the January 6 riot in his impeachment trial and welcoming conspiracy theorist Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia into their caucus: Has the extremist wing of the GOP coalition grown too big for the party to confront? © Provided by CNN Sanctioning Trump or Greene offered the party an opportunity to draw a bright line against extremist groups and violence as a means of advancing political goals.
Never-Trumpers predictably and enthusiastically joined the Left and other media elites who piously blame all the rubes who eat at Olive Garden for falling for Donald Trump's rhetoric.
Washington Post contributor and formeradviser Michael Gerson, for example, advocated for the president's conviction and claimed that by supporting President Trump, evangelicals "sought to recover lost social influence through the cynical embrace of corrupt power."
Such sanctimony from Washington elites shows they have learned nothing from the past four years about why 82 percent of evangelical Christians supported President Trump's policies and reelection campaign.
Evangelical policy leaders have been willing to work with every president. To his credit, President Trump sought our advice often—and we supported his policies because they matched our positions. By contrast, not once in eight years did Presidentinvite a representative of Concerned Women for America, the organization I represent, to the White House for our input. Others, like President George W. Bush, gave lip service to evangelical concerns while dismissing us when it came to actual policies.
Questions build about Trump's failure to protect Pence as impeachment trial nears its end
Donald Trump's impeachment lawyers failed to offer any real defense of why the former President did not do more to protect his vice president and members of Congress during the January 6 insurrection Friday, while new revelations about a conversation between Trump and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy that day only added more damning details about what the former President knew and when. © BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images US President Donald Trump speaks to supporters from The Ellipse near the White House on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC.
When casting blame, establishmentneed to look in the mirror. One major factor contributing to President Trump's rise was the repeated failure of previous Republican presidents to actually put into action what they purport to believe.
How is it possible that Donald Trump was the first president to speak at the annual March for Life? In contrast to feckless leaders of the past, he implemented a pro-life ethic in every facet of his administration, and went to significant lengths to protect the conscience rights of medical personnel. He supported the rights of the elderly and ill to get treatment and the "right to try" new medications. He excluded Planned Parenthood from receiving at least $60 million of taxpayer money via Title X that could have funded as many as 120,000 abortions. He supported governors' rights to redirect money away from abortion facilities to community health centers and others that actually care for poor women.
Trump lawyers dismiss context of Jan. 6 insurrection to claim Trump's innocence
Lawyers for former President Trump put forward a narrow defense of his actions on Jan. 6, ignoring the broader context that formed the majority of the case against him. Much of the three hours Trump’s lawyers spent before the Senate on Friday was taken up with lengthy and repetitive videos set to cartoonish music which simply showed Democratic politicians saying the word “fight” over and over. It was a heavy-handed way of arguing that when Trump used the word “fight” numerous times on Jan. 6, it did not mean anything malicious or nefarious.
Trump not only reinstated, but expanded the Mexico City Policy, preventing $9 billion in aid from funding and promoting abortion internationally. President Biden is working to undo all of this, and to end the Hyde Amendment, which since 1976 has saved two million babies.
President Trump surrounded himself with Christian staff in the most influential positions: Vice President, Secretary of State , Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Senior Counselor , Press Secretaries Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Kayleigh McEnany, just to name a few.
President Trump advocated parental choice in education, signing an executive order to allow for the use of HHS funds to pay for child care for poor children with working parents during school lockdowns. He also backed community block grants to pay for private school, homeschool resources, charter schools and "learning pods" for poor children.
President Trump stood strong against sex trafficking and human trafficking. He signed the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (S. 1312), the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (S. 1862) and the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act, to name a few, taking many of our concerns to heart and acting decisively.
The Five Trump Amendments to the Constitution
The 45th president profoundly altered our system of government.The surprising aspect of this conclusion is not that the Constitution can be informally amended. That has been the usual way of making revisions. In 1803, the Supreme Court granted itself the power to review laws and overturn them. In 1824, the states tied the electoral vote to the popular vote. Neither of those changes was inscribed on parchment or envisioned by the Founders, but today we can’t imagine our constitutional system without them.
Trump also stood strong to guard women's sports protections through Title IX, a topic that caused many conservatives on Capitol Hill to hide under their desks.
And can there be any comparison to President Trump's handling of the Middle East? Gerson may be proud of the Bush era's endless war policies and monumental intelligence failures, but most Americans are not. President Obama was even more disastrous, as evidenced by the infamous Iran deal.
In his first year, by contrast, President Trump moved the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The outsider in chief also brought us several historic Middle East peace accords that have changed the world for the better. Not to mention his focused and successful approach to bringing home Americans held hostage abroad.
President Trump stood up for religious liberty—again, something many conservative leaders had surrendered at the altar of political correctness. He established a new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division at the Department of Health and Human Services to protect religious freedom, and appointed an ambassador at the State Department for international religious liberty. Even up to the last minute, Trump promulgated regulations to protect Christian adoption, foster care agencies and other religious organizations from discrimination.
Impeachment is over. Now what?
ANALYSIS — Fifty-seven senators voted to convict Donald Trump of inciting insurrection, a clear majority but not the two-thirds needed to find him guilty. Still, the bipartisan coalition against Trump, both in the House and the Senate, reflects how far the former president strayed from acceptable behavior. But impeachment is now over, and Congress will […] The post Impeachment is over. Now what? appeared first on Roll Call.
Many caricature evangelicals as merely supporting President Trump because of his judicial nominations. President Trump, once again, talked the talk and walked the walk. He promised to nominate strong constitutionalists to the, and delivered three of them. Not to mention the more than 230 judges appointed to lower courts.
These are only a few examples of the policies President Trump implemented that are of concern to evangelicals. We could also talk about criminal justice reform that for the first time allowed faith-based organizations into federal prisons to help transition criminals back into their communities.
But because of the recent catastrophe at the Capitol, Washington elites suggest that we should forget all of this. We have one simple response: no.
We will never again settle for political crumbs from the establishment's table. We expect conservative elected officials to live up to their campaign promises to earn our votes.
The Left can mock us, cancel us and try to shift blame, but 74 million-plus American voters cannot be dismissed. Evangelical voters are not "barbarians and fascists." Nor are we "poor, uneducated and easy to command" as The Washington Post claimed years ago. We are hard-working patriots who love God, our families, our nation and care for the least of these.
It is disgraceful to besmirch and demean all evangelicals and Christians of good will who supported President Trump's policies and are thankful for the four years of fending off the assaults of the Left.
We are still joyful. We are still hopeful. And we are not going anywhere and we will meet you at the polls in 2022.
Penny Young Nance is the CEO and President of Concerned Women for America LAC, Author of Feisty and Feminine: A Rallying Cry for Conservative Women, and former member of President Trump's Life Advisory Council. Follow her on social media and at @Pynance on Parler.
The views expressed in this article are the writer's own.
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