Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Another Evangelical Repudiates the Trump Candidacy

First it was Russell Moore, the President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, from the pages of The New York Times.  Now Michael Gerson, the evangelical Washington Post columnist (and graduate of Wheaton College), has repudiated Trump's candidacy.

Here is a taste:

And Trump would make — has already half-made — the GOP into an anti-immigrant party. Much of Trump’s appeal is reactionary. He has tapped into a sense that an older America is being lost. In a recent poll, 62 percent of Republicans reported feeling like “a stranger in their own country.” This is a protest against rapid and disorienting social change, against an increasingly multicultural country, and against the changes of the Obama years.
It does not take much political talent to turn this sense of cultural displacement into anti-immigrant resentment; only a reckless disregard for the moral and political consequences.
As denial in the GOP fades, a question is laid upon the table: Is it possible, and morally permissible, for economic and foreign policy conservatives, and for Republicans motivated by their faith, to share a coalition with the advocates of an increasingly raw and repugnant nativism?