In some eye-opening numbers on Election Day, white evangelicals turned out in force for Donald Trump.
As national exit polling reveals, more than 80% of white evangelical and born-again Christians found themselves in the Trump camp. Even after video circulated of Trump bragging about his penchant for sexual assault, 75% of evangelical women cast their vote for him.
“It isn’t that folks liked him more than previous candidates,” Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council said in a Twitter post Tuesday night. “They were mobilized by what’s at stake & the clear contrast w/Hillary on life.”
“Great moment last night when @realdonaldtrump delivered his Victory Speech!” the Rev. Jerry Falwell Jr. also exclaimed on Twitter.
But not all religious conservatives are in the Trump Train.
In a blog post this Wednesday morning, Southern Baptist Convention spokesman and frequent Trump critic Russell Moore said the election made Christians “politically homeless.”
“The sort of conservatism that many of us had hoped for—a multiethnic, constitutionally-anchored, forward-looking conservatism—has been replaced in the Republican Party by something else,” Moore wrote. “The most important lesson we should learn is that the church must stand against the way politics has become a religion, and religion has become politics.”
From the Wall Street Journal:
In some cases, the overwhelming conservative religious support for Mr. Trump helped push vital states into the Republican column.
In Florida, where white evangelical and born-again Christians made up a fifth of the electorate, 85% backed Mr. Trump, according to ABC exit polling.
Mormons largely stood by Mr. Trump, following polls over the last month suggesting that their reluctance to support him could make Utah a toss-up. In the end, he carried Utah comfortably.
Mr. Trump also won a majority of the white Catholic vote.
TIME reports that Clinton received just 16% of the white evangelical vote, which is the lowest share ever received by a Democratic presidential nominee, according to data analyzed by Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition.
“Evangelicals, white non-college voters, and momentum and intensity proved more important than ground game alone,” Reed said. “He went after them unapologetically, did faith-based media, and made an ironclad pledge on judges.”
But according to Cleveland pastor Darrell Scott, evangelicals were so sick and tired of being “overlooked” and “denigrated by the liberal left,” that they showed up to the polls to make a statement.