Episode

7/28 Why White Evangelicals Worship at the Altar of Donald Trump w/ Sarah Posner

July 28, 2020

Sam hosts journalist and Type Media fellow Sarah Posner to discuss her new book Unholy: Why White Evangelicals Worship at the Altar of Donald Trump. Posner and Sam dive deep into the network and culture of Evangelical Christians that extends way beyond the pulpit in 2020, including its robust media ecosystem, conferences, newsletters, and art. From an outsider’s perspective, it seems that Donald Trump is our least religious president ever. However, Posner describes the story of Trump’s relationship to televangelists, notably Paula White, whose prosperity gospel preaching style resonated with Trump. But how did the majority of evangelical churches and leaders come to endorse and embrace the Trump campaign? Posner says the evangelical grassroots loved Trump and mobilized behind his campaign, after which the church leadership fell in line. Sam and Posner breakdown why the evangelical base loved Trump so much so early on. The base saw Trump as a wrecking ball that could demolish the liberal state they believed to be a threat to their religious liberty. Sam and Posner conclude their conversation considering the religious right’s role in the judiciary and the religious leaders in Trump’s cabinet, including Mike Pence, Mike Pompeo, and Bill Barr. 

And in the Fun Half: how the progressive left will challenge the center, Trump’s behind in polls but he has the beautiful boaters, a heartbreaking story from Dallas family that denied covid’s existence, Dave Rubin continues to sink, plus your calls and IMs!

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