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screencapture of VOX July 12, 2020 showing feature interview with Kristin Kobes Du Mez
Vox, Screencapture, July 12, 2020


. . . I’ve studied evangelicals for a long time and I was watching them very closely during the election and in the aftermath, and I just didn’t see any regrets at all. There was no angst or no sense that this was somehow a difficult trade-off. In fact, what I saw was a bunch of enthusiasm. There were some evangelical leaders who were expressing caution about Trump, but most of the rank and file had zero difficulty supporting Trump.

 If you understand what family values evangelicalism has always entailed — and at the very heart of it is white patriarchy, and often a militant white patriarchy — then suddenly, all sorts of evangelical political positions and cultural positions fall into place.

Kristin Kobes Du Mez

So evangelicals are not acting against their deeply held values when they elect Trump; they’re affirming them. Their actual views on immigration policy, on torture, on gun control, on Black Lives Matter and police brutality — they all line up pretty closely with Trump’s. These are their values, and Trump represents them.

Interview with Sean Illing. Vox. “Is Evangelical Support for Trump a Contradiction? A Religious Historian Explains why Trump Wasn’t a Trade-off for American Evangelicals.” July 12, 2020.

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