78% of white evangelicals currently approve of the president.
President Trump and faith leaders pray in the Oval Office. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images.
The religious right has lost a lot of its self-proclaimed credibility over its unabashed love of President Trump.
The political movement that once stood for “family values” by strongly condemning extramarital sex, divorce, pornography, foul language, and atheists now wholeheartedly embraces a man facing credible allegations of cheating on his wife with adult film actress Stormy Daniels and Playboy playmate Karen McDougal. And that’s just the half of it.
81% of white evangelical Christians voted for Trump in the 2016 election and he currently holds a 78% approval rating with the group. There’s a scientific reason why evangelicals — who lean very conservative — may have turned a blind eye to Trump’s moral failings. Studies show that when people’s religious and political beliefs come into conflict, political views usually take precedence.
On March 31, the day before Easter, political cartoonist Mike Luckovich of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, called out evangelicals for their hypocritical support of the president. He also alleges that Trump has taken advantage of evangelicals to further his own power and ego.
Luckovich has been a cartoonist since the early ‘80s, when he landed his first job at The Greenville News in South Carolina. Soon after, he was hired by The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, where he stayed for four years before moving on to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Luckovich won the Pulitzer Prize in 1995 and 2006 for editorial cartooning. Over the past few years, President Trump has been a frequent target of Luckovich’s cartoons — he’s lampooned everything from his stances on immigration to his popularity within the evangelical movement.