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Here Are 5 Far-Right Pro-Trump Evangelists Who Could Drive GOP Voter Turnout in 2018

July 31, 2018 in Blogs

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

Evangelical leaders will be urging their unquestioning followers to go out and vote for pro-Trump candidates.

Whether Democrats retake the U.S. Senate and/or the U.S. House of Representatives in November will come down to one thing about all else: turnout. Opponents of President Donald Trump are motivated, but so are Trump supporters—and that includes far-right evangelists, who will be urging their unquestioning followers to go out and vote for pro-Trump candidates. Not all right-wingers are fans of the Christian Right; for example, Gary Johnson, former Republican governor of New Mexico and the Libertarian Party’s presidential candidate in 2012 and 2016, believes that the Christian Right has been terrible for the GOP brand and the conservative movement. But Trump, although hardly a religious scholar, has been more than happy to pander to the Christian Right—and he knows that fanatics like Tony Perkins and James Dobson could get numerous social conservatives to the polls in November, especially with the future of the U.S. Supreme Court hanging in the balance.

Here are five pro-Trump Christian fundamentalists who could do a lot to drive evangelical voter turnout in 2018.

1. Tony Perkins 

In 2016, Tony Perkins—president of the Family Research Council—endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz for president and campaigned for him aggressively. But when Trump received the GOP’s presidential nomination, it didn’t take Perkins long to form a bond with the brash real estate developer and reality TV star. And Perkins remains one of Trump’s most ardent supporters despite allegations that he had extramarital affairs with a porn star (Stormy Daniels) and a Playboy model (Karen McDougal) and paid them hush money to keep quiet. As Perkins sees it, Trump deserves a “mulligan” because—as he told CNN’s Erin Burnett in an interview—he “has followed through on his promises to evangelicals.” And that includes nominating severe social conservatives of the Antonin Scalia/Clarence Thomas variety for the U.S. Supreme Court: first Neil Gorsuch, now Brett Kavanaugh. Perkins considers Trump the most pro-Christian president in recent memory, and he is hoping that Congress will have even more Trump-supporting theocrats after the midterms.

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