‘God wanted Trump to be president’
That is the incredible claim made by Donald Trump’s press secretary, Sarah Sanders. Whether divine intervention is at play or not, Trump is extremely popular among America’s evangelicals.
“I think God calls all of us to fill different roles at different times,” mused Trump spokesperson Sarah Sanders. “I think that he wanted Donald Trump to become president, and that’s why he’s there."
That was the extraordinary message broadcast on Wednesday in an interview Sanders gave to America’s Christian Broadcasting Network.
The president himself repeatedly trumpeted his Christian credentials on the campaign trail.
Nevertheless, the notion of Trump enjoying divine support will seem to some, a little… outlandish.
Writing in the Washington Post, Michael Gerson labelled him “the most ethically challenged president of modern times — prone to cruelty, bigotry, vanity, adultery and serial deception.”
Even the Pope has weighed in against the president. “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian.”
Yet, for all this criticism, Trump has significant support among American believers. In 2016, 80% of evangelical voters backed Trump — a greater share than that achieved by Republican heavyweights George W. Bush, Mitt Romney and John McCain.
“We believe him to be God’s champion,” says Trump supporter Teresa Ledesma.
But why does Trump appeal so much to conservative Christians? Some point to his support for anti-abortion measures, while others see him as the protector of old American values supposedly under threat in a more liberal modern world.
Some say we should not be surprised by Sanders’s comments as America is an extremely religious country. But is Christian belief compatible with support for Donald Trump? Should politics and religion be kept separate?
What about the claim itself? Considering modern advances in science and technology, is faith in God reasonable?
- Is religion beneficial for society?
- Imagine you have been sent to interview President Donald Trump but you can only ask three questions. What questions would you ask?
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- What do we know?
- Sarah Sanders also took the opportunity to attack Trump’s political opponents, saying that it is “very hard” to take lessons on morality from the Democratic Party.
- What do we not know?
- We do not know if Trump will have the same support in the 2020 election. However, Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson claims that evangelicals are showing “hardening loyalty” to the president.
- Intolerance towards those who hold different opinions from oneself, or are from different cultures.
- When a husband or wife cheats on their spouse with another person.
- Belonging to one of the Protestant churches or Christian groups which believes that teaching the Bible and persuading other people to join them is extremely important.
- George W. Bush
- President of the United States from 2001 to 2009. Mitt Romney and John McCain both lost elections to Barack Obama.