Few would have predicted Donald Trump’s stellar relationship with far-right Christians. But now that he’s won them over, benefited from their political support, and amassed a White House featuring many evangelical conservatives, LGBT protections, abortion rights, and public school funding are on the line.
Betsy DeVos is a doctrinaire right-winger who means to destroy public education, replacing it with a system of religious schools that serve the middle class and the wealthy. Implacably hostile to the public commons, she would rip apart a core asset of our democracy.
The so-called “Alt-Right” may have grabbed most of the attention since Donald Trump’s victory, but it’s the Christian right that got him over the line. And experts say they are much more likely to influence how he governs.
And we’re back. The right wing kicked the year off by freaking out in spectacular fashion to President Obama’s executive actions on gun control, indulging in some pandering to those precious Iowan evangelical ballot punchers, and kicking that dead horse called “traditional marriage” into a pulp. Welcome to “This Week In Crazy.”
The Republican base is a deeply divided one. The moderates are increasingly marginalized in their party as Evangelical and Tea Party segments grow more defensive of views that are increasingly unpopular and under threat nationally.
In times of crisis, we need firm leadership to take decisive action, keen insight to develop judicious strategies, and an unwavering commitment to the sensible, factual, and true. That said, steer clear of each of the following people.
At the expense of spoiling all the fun, let’s get real about Dr. Ben Carson’s presidential campaign. Carson fans have been slow to grasp that their party’s presidential nominee will need the votes of millions of “blue state” Republicans historically resistant to religious zealotry.
If Lindsey Graham were gay — and we should take him at his word that he is not — that might offend some in the GOP’s evangelical wing. But there are conspiracy theories that hint at something even worse.