Donald Trump seems to be on the fast-track to the GOP nomination, and he’s doing it with the help of Evangelicals.
You’ll have to excuse evangelical political pundits, such as Richard Land, if they seem a bit confused.
That’s because Donald Trump, the foul-mouthed, boasting, thrice-married real estate mogul ran away with the evangelical vote in South Carolina on February 20.
Polls showed that 34 percent of born-again believers in the Palmetto State backed Trump, including 31 percent of those who say a candidate’s faith is important to them.
“I’m as mystified as you are as to why evangelicals would vote for Donald Trump,” says Dr. Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary. “They (evangelicals) have attractive alternatives.”
The most obvious alternative is Sen. Ted Cruz, who relied on Evangelicals in South Carolina after Evangelicals helped him win the Iowa caucuses. But the senator failed to win a single county in South Carolina.
Land acknowledges the populist uprising in today’s politics. Voters are fed up with what they’ve seen out of Washington in the last seven years, he says.
“They are looking for a strong guy who’s confident, who’s the un-Obama,” says Land. “Trump is the overreaction to Obama’s wimpyness.”
Still, Land says he doesn’t get how evangelicals are a part of it.
“As evangelicals we’ve been saying for years that character is important and we reject a Newt Gingrich because he’s in his third marriage,” Land observes. “And we don’t even talk about or mention that Donald Trump is in his third marriage and has publicly bragged about being intimate with some of the most beautiful women in the world.”
Sen. Marco Rubio and Cruz, when you combine their totals, did get more evangelical votes than Trump in South Carolina. But if one of them drops out, Trump would likely pick up some of those votes as well.
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