Column: In Defense of Pro-Trump Christians

There are many good conservatives who are Never-Trumpers, and there are many good conservatives who will vote for Donald Trump. Eight months ago, I warned that conservatives must resist gratuitous hatred or they will destroy themselves more effectively than the left ever could on its own.

I used the term “gratuitous hatred” because it is the term Jews and Judaism use to describe the reason for one of the greatest calamities of Jewish history: the destruction of the Second Temple and the second Jewish state. It wasn’t the Romans who Jewish tradition blames; it was the Jews themselves – for hating one another for no good reason.

When I read the Boston Globe column “How the Religious Right Embraced Donald Trump and Lost its Moral Authority” by Jeff Jacoby, a man whose work I have long respected, gratuitous hatred came to mind. Just as there are pro-Trump people who have expressed contempt for anti-Trump people since the very beginning – as an early anti-Trumper I can personally attest to this (even though I wrote repeatedly that if Trump wins the nomination, I would vote for him) – some Never-Trump people now dismiss the decency and moral credibility of conservatives voting for Trump.

In light of this, I would like to respond to Jacoby and the editorial against Trump that was published last week in the important evangelical journal World.

Jacoby’s piece consisted of contained attacks on the moral credibility and decency of pro-Trump Christians. He said: “Religious conservatives shed their principles, and thereby dismantled their influence. ... Buried under the post-election wreckage will be the moral credibility of the religious right. ... (Their) hypocrisy ... is orders of magnitude worse than the customary flip-flopping and sail-trimming of a presidential campaign.” Unlike Jacoby, World went out of its way to be gracious to those Christians still voting for Trump, saying, “We also value those who still plan to vote for Trump so as to vote for the Supreme Court.”

But the private Trump comments on groping women pushed World to call for Trump to resign and for Christians to withdraw their support. It said, “If a person is unfaithful to his spouse, he’s also likely to be unfaithful to his country.”

I have heard this argument about the alleged connection between marital infidelity and infidelity to one’s country my whole life. And it has been false my whole life – as well as throughout history. There is no connection between marital fidelity and fidelity to country. Were the unfaithful Lyndon B. Johnson and John F. Kennedy also unfaithful to America?

Indeed, some of the world’s greatest leaders have been unfaithful to their wives. And some of the worst have been faithful.

I wish there were a connection. Choices for leaders would then be much simpler. The only married candidates we would vote for are those we believe had never been unfaithful to their spouses.

Jacoby and World must think God was pretty flawed in voting for King David. King David did much worse than privately boasting about women allowing him to grope them. He had a man killed so his adultery with the man’s wife would not be exposed. And while God was angry with David and punished him, God still maintained David as king and gave him a central role in Jewish history. If God shouldn’t be ashamed for supporting King David, Christians shouldn’t be ashamed for supporting Donald Trump, given the far more corrupt and destructive alternative.

The unfaithful argument does not do honor to those fine people who make the argument because telling the truth is also a divine command.

But they will respond that they are not for Clinton either.

This is the only argument of anti-Trump conservatives that drives me crazy — this vociferous denial that they are not for Clinton. Of course they aren’t for Clinton intellectually, emotionally or morally. But the voting booth does not assess intellect, emotions or morals; it only assesses votes. So no matter how much a Republican loathes Clinton, in depriving Trump of Republican votes, anti-Trump Republicans are helping Clinton win the presidency.

In sum, a religious conservative can honorably support Trump just as honorable Christians supported Joseph Stalin against Adolf Hitler (and for the sake of those who enjoy mischaracterizing conservatives, I am, of course, not implying that Trump is Stalin, or that Clinton is Hitler — only that if Christians could ally themselves with Stalin to defeat a more dangerous foe, Christians could support Trump to defeat Clinton).

There is no defense for Donald Trump’s comments or alleged sexual misbehavior. But in terms of damage to America, there is no comparison between what he has said and allegedly done and what she has done and advocates for the future. Is acting on that realization un-Christian?

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FrederickDW1 3 months ago

I do wish they would keep religion out of politics.

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HwyRover 3 months ago

There is no defense for supporting a serial sexual predator and pedophile - period.

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Axel 3 months ago

Stalin, of the Holodmor (Ukrainian famine)?

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kdmineruser1 2 months, 4 weeks ago

Where's Bob Moore just when we need a smidgen of humor?

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HwyRover 2 months, 4 weeks ago

I am sorry to disappoint but the moderator has chosen to not post some of my comments over the past couple of days. But I am always pleased to know I provide the weak-minded with laughs. Whew, talk about people sadly in need of a life!

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Edith_Prickley 2 months, 3 weeks ago

No disappointment here. Someone at the KDM has to maintain the abundance of repetitive rants from some who is truly in need of a life.

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Axel 2 months, 4 weeks ago

Just curious, Mr. Moore - on a personal level, have you ever had a discussion with anyone without mocking their reasoning process? I'm not the most religious person here, but there is something sacred about the dead not being able to speak for themselves, also about the role of experience. Elie Wiesel was a fraud, but I cannot disagree with his opening statement (when applied honestly) at a university Holocaust forum - "A man with experience need never bow before a man with an argument".

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HwyRover 2 months, 3 weeks ago

I must apologize - yet again - the moderator opted to not post my response that debunked your anti-Semitic trash.

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Freedom928 2 months, 3 weeks ago

With two weeks left before the election and Hitler Clinton having mountains of questionable ethical and criminal baggage; anything can come out about her or her sexual predator of a husband who is a package deal. You vote for one you are voting for the other as well.

May God help us if she is somehow elected despite all the evidence of her wrongdoing. If such was the case though; maybe we would be being punished for something we don't yet understand. (I am just a regular guy, no one special and not even religiously active but even I can see what has happened by pushing God out of our society) Or maybe because we pushed God out of all the schools, government, much of our social life, and so on, God did exactly as he was asked to, he left us to face the consequences of our choices. For now though; howabout we keep those prayers coming for the right person to win and we can make America great again together. MAGA Baby!

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HwyRover 2 months, 3 weeks ago

The flop/sweat stink of desperation by conservative/obstructionists would almost be funny, if it weren't so sad. Trump has lost, period - and defending a serial sexual predator and pedophile whose specialty (outside of sexually assaulting women) is scamming the ignorant out of money (Trump University, Trump Foundation) will long remain a mystery for the ages.

And the anti-Americans' must be challenged as they claim our nation is not great. Our nation is, always has been and will continue to be great. To think otherwise is the epitome of massive ignorance.

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Edith_Prickley 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Mr. Moore. Where you vaccinated with a phonograph needle because the record you are playing continues to skip.

Here is little something to think about. “If” Clinton wins and she is indicted before the inauguration then what happens? Another 4 years of Obama? Clinton will be indicted – period.

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