In 2016 Donald Trump garnered over 80 percent of the evangelical vote. Even though Trump’s tenure was riddled with chaos, corruption, confusion and criminality, he didn’t lose any evangelical support in 2020.
When I use the word evangelical, I am referring to white evangelicals. Most African Americans belong to Baptist, methodist and Pentecostal denominations and they hold conservative views when it comes to social issues like homosexuality and women’s rights. Like white evangelicals they believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God, and they believe in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, but they tend to vote Democratic, and they steer clear of Qanon conspiracy theories.
Even though Trump has been impeached twice and indicted four times, if he wins the Republican primary he will still receive over 80 percent of the evangelical vote in the general election. After he was arrested in Georgia for trying to overturn the results of a free and fair election, he became inmate number p01135809. But even if by some coincidence he became inmate number 666666, he would still be worshipped as the Messiah by evangelicals.
Evangelicals aren’t content with the promise of becoming members of the Kingdom of Heaven after they die, they want an earthly kingdom in the form of a White Nationalist regime right now, and they are convinced that the ruthless and vengeful Trump is the one who will establish this Christian theocracy.
The evangelicals’ Orange Messiah is credited with overturning Roe v. Wade in 2022 due to his appointing of three conservative Supreme Court justices who decided the landmark Dobbs case, which sent the issue of abortion back to the states. Evangelicals see this as proof that Trump gets things done by any means necessary, and they put their faith in him to deliver on their greatest dream: Establishing a White Christian Nationalist regime.