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Donald Trump's Relationship with Evangelical Christians, Before and After the Election

  • Amanda Casanova

    Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and…

  • 2016 Nov 09

Polls showed that white evangelical Christians supported Donald Trump 81 percent to 16 percent to get him elected as the 45th President of the United States.

But according to, Trump’s relationship with Christians will be “rocky.”

While he earned endorsements from Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr, author Eric Metaxas and pastor of First Baptist Church Dallas, Robert Jeffress, Trump was also criticized for refusing to name his favorite Bible verse and quoting a chapter of Proverbs that doesn’t actually exist.

He’s said he has never asked God for forgiveness and has been at odds with Pope Francis over his promise to build a wall diving the U.S. and Mexico.

James Dobson, founder of the conservative Focus on the Family, said Trump “doesn't have a clue about how believers think, talk and act.”

But Trump’s pro-life stance won over many in contrast to Hillary Clinton’s pro-choice platform.

“Many Christians consider abortion – and therefore the appointment of conservative Supreme Court justices – as the main issue,” Carey Lodge wrote in a column for “Trump's apparent pro-life stance against Clinton's pro-choice saw him clinch their votes.”

Jeffress told National Public Radio: "What they're [evangelicals] saying is this is a binary choice between one candidate, Donald Trump – who is pro-life, pro-religious liberty, pro-conservative justices of the Supreme Court – and another candidate, Hillary Clinton, who has an opposite view on all of those issues."


Photo courtesy: REUTERS/ John Sommers II via Religion News Service

Publication date: November 9, 2016