When introduced to speak on the road during our America’s Original Sin book tour as an “evangelical” Christian, the large, racially diverse, and intergenerational audiences who have been smiling with great enthusiasm look very perplexed and ask, “What?”
“Let me explain,” I find myself saying in the face of the fact that Donald Trump has now captured the votes of more “evangelicals” in the Republican primaries than any other candidate.
First, I point out that when the media says “evangelicals” they really mean “white evangelicals” and virtually never measure the opinions and voting practices of black, brown, or even young evangelicals.
In fact, they don’t even ask religious identity questions of Democratic primary voters where many of the black, brown, and young evangelicals may be voting. It is older white evangelicals who are mostly voting in the Republican primaries and now are increasingly supporting Donald Trump.
“What?” is indeed the right question.