They’ve invited me to weigh in on the impact of Trumpism on Evangelicals, specifically on “the inroads of Trumpism with white women.”
White, evangelical women have been a significant voting block for Donald J. Trump in both the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections. That has a lot of people both here and abroad scratching their heads. In her 2019 article, “Donald Trump: Why White Evangelical Women Support Him,” University of Cambridge Researcher in Sociology Katie Gaddini raises the obvious conundrum this way:
“As is well known by now, in the November 2016 presidential election, 80% of white evangelicals voted for Trump. That constituted the largest ‘evangelical vote’ in nearly two decades. If scholars, journalists and the general public have puzzled over why so many white evangelicals would vote for someone whose language and behaviour [sic] violated key tenets of the Christian faith, the question of why evangelical women voted for him is even more puzzling—especially given Trump’s long track record of alleged sexual misconduct and derogatory comments about women.”
Of course I have my own thoughts on the subject. But I’ve been asked to address a wider group on how Trump won such strong support from white, evangelical women. I’m interested in your thoughts on the subject. For working definitions:
Christian Nationalism is the belief that America was founded as a white Christian nation and the commitment to defend the country against perceived threats against the original white Christian American identity our Founding Fathers envisioned.
Trumpism includes the political ideology, governing style, political movement, and methods for acquiring and keeping power associated with the U.S 45th president, Donald Trump, and his political base. Trumpism started developing predominantly during Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. It denotes a populist political method that suggests nationalistic answers to political, economic, and social problems.
Regardless of how (or if) you voted in the past two presidential elections, or if you are evangelical or not, if you are white and female, I’m interested in your thoughts. This isn’t about your political views. It’s not a scientific or statistical survey, and I won’t be identifying respondents.
Instead, I want to understand how Trump’s presidency and ascendency of Christian nationalism impacted you as a woman.
So here are the questions:
- How would you describe yourself? Evangelical, non-evangelical, ex-evangelical?
- What political/cultural/religious concerns were foremost in your mind as you evaluated Trump as a prospective U.S. president?
- What were the pros and/or cons of him as a candidate?
- What was the decisive issue (or issues) in your decision to vote for or against him in 2016?
- How, if at all, did your voting preference for president change during his tenure as president?
- Explain any concerns you have that your faith and religious freedoms are under threat and by whom?
- How did the Access Hollywood tape impact your decision regarding voting for Trump?
- Describe how white evangelical leaders and evangelical voter support for Trump has impacted your faith.
- How did Trump and Trumpism change or solidify your identity as an evangelical?
- Any extra thoughts?
To respond, cut and paste the questions into an email, and send your responses to firstname.lastname@example.org I need to hear back by Thursday, January 28.
Please don’t hold back!
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