The evangelical muscle of Trump

Let's take an honest look at the president's evangelical protection racket

President Donald Trump.
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Trump-hating progressives are having a field day ridiculing evangelical Protestants for their flagrantly hypocritical, effusive embrace of a president who paid a porn star $130,000 of hush money to keep her quiet about the affair they conducted behind the back of his third wife.

The liberal urge to laugh at evangelicals' blatant hypocrisy is understandable. But it should be resisted — or at least tempered by an effort at grasping just why it is that conservative evangelicals have thrown in their lot with a man who makes a mockery of Christian piety and traditional moral decency with every bitter, angry, needy, vulgar, dishonest public statement.

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