President Barack Obama delivered an inclusive, honest, compelling argument for re-election to DNC attendees and the American people that led him to ask “for your vote.”
The President also pointed to those often scapegoat for America’s problems, including the LGBT community:
â€œâ€¦[W]e donâ€™t think that government is the source of all our problems â€” any more than are welfare recipients, or corporations, or unions, or immigrants, or gays, or any other group weâ€™re told to blame for our troubles.â€
Below, Barack Obama’s full speech text as prepared for delivery:
Michelle, I love you. The other night, I think the entire country saw just how lucky I am. Malia and Sasha, you make me so proudâ€¦but donâ€™t get any ideas, youâ€™re still going to class tomorrow. And Joe Biden, thank you for being the best Vice President I could ever hope for.
Madam Chairwoman, delegates, I accept your nomination for President of the United States.
The first time I addressed this convention in 2004, I was a younger man; a Senate candidate from Illinois who spoke about hope â€“ not blind optimism or wishful thinking, but hope in the face of difficulty; hope in the face of uncertainty; that dogged faith in the future which has pushed this nation forward, even when the odds are great; even when the road is long.
Eight years later, that hope has been tested â€“ by the cost of war; by one of the worst economic crises in history; and by political gridlock thatâ€™s left us wondering whether itâ€™s still possible to tackle the challenges of our time.
I know that campaigns can seem small, and even silly. Trivial things become big distractions. Serious issues become sound bites. And the truth gets buried under an avalanche of money and advertising. If youâ€™re sick of hearing me approve this message, believe me â€“ so am I.
But when all is said and done â€“ when you pick up that ballot to vote â€“ you will face the clearest choice of any time in a generation. Over the next few years, big decisions will be made in Washington, on jobs and the economy; taxes and deficits; energy and education; war and peace â€“ decisions that will have a huge impact on our lives and our childrenâ€™s lives for decades to come.
On every issue, the choice you face wonâ€™t be just between two candidates or two parties.
It will be a choice between two different paths for America.
A choice between two fundamentally different visions for the future.
Ours is a fight to restore the values that built the largest middle class and the strongest economy the world has ever known; the values my grandfather defended as a soldier in Pattonâ€™s Army; the values that drove my grandmother to work on a bomber assembly line while he was gone.
They knew they were part of something larger â€“ a nation that triumphed over fascism and depression; a nation where the most innovative businesses turned out the worldâ€™s best products, and everyone shared in the pride and success â€“ from the corner office to the factory floor. My grandparents were given the chance to go to college, buy their first home, and fulfill the basic bargain at the heart of Americaâ€™s story: the promise that hard work will pay off; that responsibility will be rewarded; that everyone gets a fair shot, and everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same rules â€“ from Main Street to Wall Street to Washington, DC.
I ran for President because I saw that basic bargain slipping away. I began my career helping people in the shadow of a shuttered steel mill, at a time when too many good jobs were starting to move overseas. And by 2008, we had seen nearly a decade in which families struggled with costs that kept rising but paychecks that didnâ€™t; racking up more and more debt just to make the mortgage or pay tuition; to put gas in the car or food on the table. And when the house of cards collapsed in the Great Recession, millions of innocent Americans lost their jobs, their homes, and their life savings â€“ a tragedy from which we are still fighting to recover.
Now, our friends at the Republican convention were more than happy to talk about everything they think is wrong with America, but they didnâ€™t have much to say about how theyâ€™d make it right. They want your vote, but they donâ€™t want you to know their plan. And thatâ€™s because all they have to offer is the same prescription theyâ€™ve had for the last thirty years:
â€œHave a surplus? Try a tax cut.â€
â€œDeficit too high? Try another.â€
â€œFeel a cold coming on? Take two tax cuts, roll back some regulations, and call us in the morning!â€
Now, Iâ€™ve cut taxes for those who need it â€“ middle-class families and small businesses. But I donâ€™t believe that another round of tax breaks for millionaires will bring good jobs to our shores, or pay down our deficit. I donâ€™t believe that firing teachers or kicking students off financial aid will grow the economy, or help us compete with the scientists and engineers coming out of China. After all that weâ€™ve been through, I donâ€™t believe that rolling back regulations on Wall Street will help the small businesswoman expand, or the laid-off construction worker keep his home. Weâ€™ve been there, weâ€™ve tried that, and weâ€™re not going back. Weâ€™re moving forward.
I wonâ€™t pretend the path Iâ€™m offering is quick or easy. I never have. You didnâ€™t elect me to tell you what you wanted to hear. You elected me to tell you the truth. And the truth is, it will take more than a few years for us to solve challenges that have built up over decades. It will require common effort, shared responsibility, and the kind of bold, persistent experimentation that Franklin Roosevelt pursued during the only crisis worse than this one. And by the way â€“ those of us who carry on his partyâ€™s legacy should remember that not every problem can be remedied with another government program or dictate from Washington.
But know this, America: Our problems can be solved. Our challenges can be met. The path we offer may be harder, but it leads to a better place. And Iâ€™m asking you to choose that future. Iâ€™m asking you to rally around a set of goals for your country â€“ goals in manufacturing, energy, education, national security, and the deficit; a real, achievable plan that will lead to new jobs, more opportunity, and rebuild this economy on a stronger foundation. Thatâ€™s what we can do in the next four years, and thatâ€™s why Iâ€™m running for a second term as President of the United States.
We can choose a future where we export more products and outsource fewer jobs. After a decade that was defined by what we bought and borrowed, weâ€™re getting back to basics, and doing what America has always done best:
Weâ€™re making things again.
Iâ€™ve met workers in Detroit and Toledo who feared theyâ€™d never build another American car. Today, they canâ€™t build them fast enough, because we reinvented a dying auto industry thatâ€™s back on top of the world.
Iâ€™ve worked with business leaders who are bringing jobs back to America â€“ not because our workers make less pay, but because we make better products. Because we work harder and smarter than anyone else.
Iâ€™ve signed trade agreements that are helping our companies sell more goods to millions of new customers â€“ goods that are stamped with three proud words: Made in America.
After a decade of decline, this country created over half a million manufacturing jobs in the last two and a half years. And now you have a choice: we can give more tax breaks to corporations that ship jobs overseas, or we can start rewarding companies that open new plants and train new workers and create new jobs here, in the United States of America. We can help big factories and small businesses double their exports, and if we choose this path, we can create a million new manufacturing jobs in the next four years. You can make that happen. You can choose that future.
You can choose the path where we control more of our own energy. After thirty years of inaction, we raised fuel standards so that by the middle of the next decade, cars and trucks will go twice as far on a gallon of gas. Weâ€™ve doubled our use of renewable energy, and thousands of Americans have jobs today building wind turbines and long-lasting batteries. In the last year alone, we cut oil imports by one million barrels a day â€“ more than any administration in recent history. And today, the United States of America is less dependent on foreign oil than at any time in nearly two decades.
Now you have a choice â€“ between a strategy that reverses this progress, or one that builds on it. Weâ€™ve opened millions of new acres for oil and gas exploration in the last three years, and weâ€™ll open more. But unlike my opponent, I will not let oil companies write this countryâ€™s energy plan, or endanger our coastlines, or collect another $4 billion in corporate welfare from our taxpayers.
Weâ€™re offering a better path â€“ a future where we keep investing in wind and solar and clean coal; where farmers and scientists harness new biofuels to power our cars and trucks; where construction workers build homes and factories that waste less energy; where we develop a hundred year supply of natural gas thatâ€™s right beneath our feet. If you choose this path, we can cut our oil imports in half by 2020 and support more than 600,000 new jobs in natural gas alone.
And yes, my plan will continue to reduce the carbon pollution that is heating our planet â€“ because climate change is not a hoax. More droughts and floods and wildfires are not a joke. Theyâ€™re a threat to our childrenâ€™s future. And in this election, you can do something about it.
You can choose a future where more Americans have the chance to gain the skills they need to compete, no matter how old they are or how much money they have. Education was the gateway to opportunity for me. It was the gateway for Michelle. And now more than ever, it is the gateway to a middle-class life.
For the first time in a generation, nearly every state has answered our call to raise their standards for teaching and learning. Some of the worst schools in the country have made real gains in math and reading. Millions of students are paying less for college today because we finally took on a system that wasted billions of taxpayer dollars on banks and lenders.
And now you have a choice â€“ we can gut education, or we can decide that in the United States of America, no child should have her dreams deferred because of a crowded classroom or a crumbling school. No family should have to set aside a college acceptance letter because they donâ€™t have the money. No company should have to look for workers in China because they couldnâ€™t find any with the right skills here at home.
Government has a role in this. But teachers must inspire; principals must lead; parents must instill a thirst for learning, and students, youâ€™ve got to do the work. And together, I promise you â€“ we can out-educate and out-compete any country on Earth. Help me recruit 100,000 math and science teachers in the next ten years, and improve early childhood education. Help give two million workers the chance to learn skills at their community college that will lead directly to a job. Help us work with colleges and universities to cut in half the growth of tuition costs over the next ten years. We can meet that goal together. You can choose that future for America.
In a world of new threats and new challenges, you can choose leadership that has been tested and proven. Four years ago, I promised to end the war in Iraq. We did. I promised to refocus on the terrorists who actually attacked us on 9/11. We have. Weâ€™ve blunted the Talibanâ€™s momentum in Afghanistan, and in 2014, our longest war will be over. A new tower rises above the New York skyline, al Qaeda is on the path to defeat, and Osama bin Laden is dead.
Tonight, we pay tribute to the Americans who still serve in harmâ€™s way. We are forever in debt to a generation whose sacrifice has made this country safer and more respected. We will never forget you. And so long as Iâ€™m Commander-in-Chief, we will sustain the strongest military the world has ever known. When you take off the uniform, we will serve you as well as youâ€™ve served us â€“ because no one who fights for this country should have to fight for a job, or a roof over their head, or the care that they need when they come home.
Around the world, weâ€™ve strengthened old alliances and forged new coalitions to stop the spread of nuclear weapons. Weâ€™ve reasserted our power across the Pacific and stood up to China on behalf of our workers. From Burma to Libya to South Sudan, we have advanced the rights and dignity of all human beings â€“ men and women; Christians and Muslims and Jews.
But for all the progress weâ€™ve made, challenges remain. Terrorist plots must be disrupted. Europeâ€™s crisis must be contained. Our commitment to Israelâ€™s security must not waver, and neither must our pursuit of peace. The Iranian government must face a world that stays united against its nuclear ambitions. The historic change sweeping across the Arab World must be defined not by the iron fist of a dictator or the hate of extremists, but by the hopes and aspirations of ordinary people who are reaching for the same rights that we celebrate today.
So now we face a choice. My opponent and his running mate are new to foreign policy, but from all that weâ€™ve seen and heard, they want to take us back to an era of blustering and blundering that cost America so dearly.
After all, you donâ€™t call Russia our number one enemy â€“ and not al Qaeda â€“ unless youâ€™re still stuck in a Cold War time warp. You might not be ready for diplomacy with Beijing if you canâ€™t visit the Olympics without insulting our closest ally. My opponent said it was â€œtragicâ€ to end the war in Iraq, and he wonâ€™t tell us how heâ€™ll end the war in Afghanistan. I have, and I will. And while my opponent would spend more money on military hardware that our Joint Chiefs donâ€™t even want, Iâ€™ll use the money weâ€™re no longer spending on war to pay down our debt and put more people back to work â€“ rebuilding roads and bridges; schools and runways. After two wars that have cost us thousands of lives and over a trillion dollars, itâ€™s time to do some nation-building right here at home.
You can choose a future where we reduce our deficit without wrecking our middle class. Independent analysis shows that my plan would cut our deficits by $4 trillion. Last summer, I worked with Republicans in Congress to cut $1 trillion in spending â€“ because those of us who believe government can be a force for good should work harder than anyone to reform it, so that itâ€™s leaner, more efficient, and more responsive to the American people.
I want to reform the tax code so that itâ€™s simple, fair, and asks the wealthiest households to pay higher taxes on incomes over $250,000 â€“ the same rate we had when Bill Clinton was president; the same rate we had when our economy created nearly 23 million new jobs, the biggest surplus in history, and a lot of millionaires to boot.
Now, Iâ€™m still eager to reach an agreement based on the principles of my bipartisan debt commission. No party has a monopoly on wisdom. No democracy works without compromise. But when Governor Romney and his allies in Congress tell us we can somehow lower our deficit by spending trillions more on new tax breaks for the wealthy â€“ well, you do the math. I refuse to go along with that. And as long as Iâ€™m President, I never will.
I refuse to ask middle class families to give up their deductions for owning a home or raising their kids just to pay for another millionaireâ€™s tax cut. I refuse to ask students to pay more for college; or kick children out of Head Start programs, or eliminate health insurance for millions of Americans who are poor, elderly, or disabled â€“ all so those with the most can pay less.
And I will never turn Medicare into a voucher. No American should ever have to spend their golden years at the mercy of insurance companies. They should retire with the care and dignity they have earned. Yes, we will reform and strengthen Medicare for the long haul, but weâ€™ll do it by reducing the cost of health care â€“ not by asking seniors to pay thousands of dollars more. And we will keep the promise of Social Security by taking the responsible steps to strengthen it â€“ not by turning it over to Wall Street.
This is the choice we now face. This is what the election comes down to. Over and over, we have been told by our opponents that bigger tax cuts and fewer regulations are the only way; that since government canâ€™t do everything, it should do almost nothing. If you canâ€™t afford health insurance, hope that you donâ€™t get sick. If a company releases toxic pollution into the air your children breathe, well, thatâ€™s just the price of progress. If you canâ€™t afford to start a business or go to college, take my opponentâ€™s advice and â€œborrow money from your parents.â€
You know what? Thatâ€™s not who we are. Thatâ€™s not what this countryâ€™s about. As Americans, we believe we are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights â€“ rights that no man or government can take away. We insist on personal responsibility and we celebrate individual initiative. Weâ€™re not entitled to success. We have to earn it. We honor the strivers, the dreamers, the risk-takers who have always been the driving force behind our free enterprise system â€“ the greatest engine of growth and prosperity the world has ever known.
But we also believe in something called citizenship â€“ a word at the very heart of our founding, at the very essence of our democracy; the idea that this country only works when we accept certain obligations to one another, and to future generations.
We believe that when a CEO pays his autoworkers enough to buy the cars that they build, the whole company does better.
We believe that when a family can no longer be tricked into signing a mortgage they canâ€™t afford, that family is protected, but so is the value of other peopleâ€™s homes, and so is the entire economy.
We believe that a little girl whoâ€™s offered an escape from poverty by a great teacher or a grant for college could become the founder of the next Google, or the scientist who cures cancer, or the President of the United States â€“ and itâ€™s in our power to give her that chance.
We know that churches and charities can often make more of a difference than a poverty program alone. We donâ€™t want handouts for people who refuse to help themselves, and we donâ€™t want bailouts for banks that break the rules. We donâ€™t think government can solve all our problems. But we donâ€™t think that government is the source of all our problems â€“ any more than are welfare recipients, or corporations, or unions, or immigrants, or gays, or any other group weâ€™re told to blame for our troubles.
Because we understand that this democracy is ours.
We, the People, recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights; that our destinies are bound together; that a freedom which only asks whatâ€™s in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism, is unworthy of our founding ideals, and those who died in their defense.
As citizens, we understand that America is not about what can be done for us. Itâ€™s about what can be done by us, together, through the hard and frustrating but necessary work of self-government.
So you see, the election four years ago wasnâ€™t about me. It was about you. My fellow citizens â€“ you were the change.
Youâ€™re the reason thereâ€™s a little girl with a heart disorder in Phoenix whoâ€™ll get the surgery she needs because an insurance company canâ€™t limit her coverage. You did that.
Youâ€™re the reason a young man in Colorado who never thought heâ€™d be able to afford his dream of earning a medical degree is about to get that chance. You made that possible.
Youâ€™re the reason a young immigrant who grew up here and went to school here and pledged allegiance to our flag will no longer be deported from the only country sheâ€™s ever called home; why selfless soldiers wonâ€™t be kicked out of the military because of who they are or who they love; why thousands of families have finally been able to say to the loved ones who served us so bravely: â€œWelcome home.â€
If you turn away now â€“ if you buy into the cynicism that the change we fought for isnâ€™t possibleâ€¦well, change will not happen. If you give up on the idea that your voice can make a difference, then other voices will fill the void: lobbyists and special interests; the people with the $10 million checks who are trying to buy this election and those who are making it harder for you to vote; Washington politicians who want to decide who you can marry, or control health care choices that women should make for themselves.
Only you can make sure that doesnâ€™t happen. Only you have the power to move us forward.
I recognize that times have changed since I first spoke to this convention. The times have changed â€“ and so have I.
Iâ€™m no longer just a candidate. Iâ€™m the President. I know what it means to send young Americans into battle, for I have held in my arms the mothers and fathers of those who didnâ€™t return. Iâ€™ve shared the pain of families whoâ€™ve lost their homes, and the frustration of workers whoâ€™ve lost their jobs. If the critics are right that Iâ€™ve made all my decisions based on polls, then I must not be very good at reading them. And while Iâ€™m proud of what weâ€™ve achieved together, Iâ€™m far more mindful of my own failings, knowing exactly what Lincoln meant when he said, â€œI have been driven to my knees many times by the overwhelming conviction that I had no place else to go.â€
But as I stand here tonight, I have never been more hopeful about America. Not because I think I have all the answers. Not because Iâ€™m naÃ¯ve about the magnitude of our challenges.
Iâ€™m hopeful because of you.
The young woman I met at a science fair who won national recognition for her biology research while living with her family at a homeless shelter â€“ she gives me hope.
The auto worker who won the lottery after his plant almost closed, but kept coming to work every day, and bought flags for his whole town and one of the cars that he built to surprise his wife â€“ he gives me hope.
The family business in Warroad, Minnesota that didnâ€™t lay off a single one of their four thousand employees during this recession, even when their competitors shut down dozens of plants, even when it meant the owners gave up some perks and pay â€“ because they understood their biggest asset was the community and the workers who helped build that business â€“ they give me hope.
And I think about the young sailor I met at Walter Reed hospital, still recovering from a grenade attack that would cause him to have his leg amputated above the knee. Six months ago, I would watch him walk into a White House dinner honoring those who served in Iraq, tall and twenty pounds heavier, dashing in his uniform, with a big grin on his face; sturdy on his new leg. And I remember how a few months after that I would watch him on a bicycle, racing with his fellow wounded warriors on a sparkling spring day, inspiring other heroes who had just begun the hard path he had traveled.
He gives me hope.
I donâ€™t know what party these men and women belong to. I donâ€™t know if theyâ€™ll vote for me. But I know that their spirit defines us. They remind me, in the words of Scripture, that ours is a â€œfuture filled with hope.â€
And if you share that faith with me â€“ if you share that hope with me â€“ I ask you tonight for your vote.
If you reject the notion that this nationâ€™s promise is reserved for the few, your voice must be heard in this election.
If you reject the notion that our government is forever beholden to the highest bidder, you need to stand up in this election.
If you believe that new plants and factories can dot our landscape; that new energy can power our future; that new schools can provide ladders of opportunity to this nation of dreamers; if you believe in a country where everyone gets a fair shot, and everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same rules, then I need you to vote this November.
America, I never said this journey would be easy, and I wonâ€™t promise that now. Yes, our path is harder â€“ but it leads to a better place. Yes our road is longer â€“ but we travel it together. We donâ€™t turn back. We leave no one behind. We pull each other up. We draw strength from our victories, and we learn from our mistakes, but we keep our eyes fixed on that distant horizon, knowing that Providence is with us, and that we are surely blessed to be citizens of the greatest nation on Earth.
Thank you, God bless you, and may God bless these United States.
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Peter Doocy Admits No ‘Concrete Evidence Joe Biden Personally Profited’ From Hunter’s Business
In a report focused on House Republicans’ plan to vote on a resolution to open an official impeachment inquiry of President Joe Biden, Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy told viewers there is no evidence of impeachable offenses.
“The House Oversight Committee has been at this for years, and they have so far not been able to provide any concrete evidence that Joe Biden personally profited from his son Hunter’s overseas business but they are going to try again with this impeachment inquiry set to start next week,” Doocy, who often criticizes President Biden in White House press briefings, said Friday on Fox News Business.
Other news outlets this week have also stressed Republicans have come up empty-handed.
The right-leaning news outlet The Hill, reporting on the resolution Thursday, noted Republicans’ current investigation “has struggled to connect President Biden to the activities of his son, and they’ve failed to prove their most salacious allegation — and the one that would be most key for impeachment: that the president accepted a bribe.”
One of the main pillars of Republicans’ allegations against President Biden, the “narrative that President Biden pushed Ukraine to fire its prosecutor to help his son, who served on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burimsa, has largely been refuted,” The Hill also reported.
“Republicans have engaged in wide-ranging inquiry into Mr. Biden for months,” The New York Times reported Tuesday, “hunting for evidence to back up their allegations that he corruptly profited from his family members’ overseas business dealings and accepted bribes. To date, they have failed to deliver compelling evidence to back up their boldest claims.”
Watch Doocy below or at this link.
Peter Doocy: “The House Oversight Committee has been at this for years, and they have so far not been able to provide any concrete evidence that Joe Biden personally profited from his son Hunter’s overseas business.” pic.twitter.com/a5N44hIRrQ
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 8, 2023
Jobs Report Forces Fox News to Admit Biden Economy ‘A Lot Stronger Than Anybody Understands’
The monthly jobs report released Friday morning is being heralded as “robust,” “upbeat,” and “stronger than expected,” as unemployment again dropped to a near-50-year low (3.7%) while the economy added another 199,000 jobs.
“It’s the little engine that could, and this little locomotive keeps a chugging along…” declared professor of economics and public policy scholar Justin Wolfers.
“So the last three months have seen jobs growth at a very healthy average rate of +204k per month,” he added. “For context: Average monthly job growth from Jan 2000 to Dec 2019 was +87k.”
“If I had asked you a year ago to sketch what you thought a soft landing might look like,” he said, praising America’s post-COVID pandemic economy, “it’s likely you would have pretty much drawn the current economic data.”
On Thursday, Wolfers had discussed the incongruence between what economic data consistently shows about the strength of the U.S. economy, and what Americans are telling pollsters.
“There’s no question people are telling pollsters they’re miserable about the economy. But riddle me this,” he asked, “Why can’t we find evidence of this pessimism in anything other that public opinion polls? Every non-poll based indicator of confidence suggests folks are optimistic.”
Heather Long, The Washington Post economic columnist, offered this view in response to Friday’s jobs report.
“Step back for a minute and look at this US job market,” she wrote.
“4.7 million more jobs than pre-pandemic
Below 4% unemployment for two years
Wages growing faster than inflation
Women (ages 25 to 54) at an all-time high for labor force participation”
Even Fox News was forced to deliver positive comments while reporting on Friday’s monthly numbers.
“Overall you’ve got to look at this report as a big positive,” admitted pro-Trump Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo. “We’ve got more jobs created than expected.”
Speaking to the former chief economist of The White House National Economic Council under President Trump, Bartiromo said, “Joe LaVorgna, you’ve been saying this, the economy is a lot stronger than anybody understands.”
Watch below or at this link.
it’s time for my favorite Friday tradition — Maria Bartiromo having to cope with announcing another strong jobs report pic.twitter.com/bsOIQToEwe
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 8, 2023
Right Wing Evangelicals Are ‘Marinating’ in ‘Information Aimed at Making Them Fearful, Hostile’: Journalist
Rather, he argued, it is part of a deliberate campaign to radicalize and terrify them into loyalty — and part of what’s driving that is a “disproportionality crisis” of the information they are receiving.
““If you go to church on Sunday morning, you are going to be in the word with your pastor for, you know, 30 minutes, maybe 40, 45 minutes, and you sing some songs, and you say the prayers, and then you are out in the world for the rest of the week,” said Alberta. “And for most of these folks, as they’re out in the world, they are marinating in talk radio, in cable news, in social media—all of this information that is aimed at making them angry, fearful, hostile.”
Whereas they may hear Jesus’ message of tolerance, love, and forgiveness “on Sunday morning for 45 minutes, but then for 4, 5, 6, 10 hours during the week, you’re hearing the exact opposite. And it’s that ratio being so far out of whack that I think is really at the heart of the crisis here.”
And that’s assuming they’re at a church that will even give them messages of love and forgiveness in the first place — many pro-Trump pastors, like Greg Locke of Tennessee, have messages that are far angrier.
“[Trump] may not share their views, he may not sit in the pews with them, he may not read the good book like they do, but in some way, that’s his superpower,” Alberta explained. “He is free to fight in ways that are, you know, unrestrained, unmoored from biblical virtue. And that relationship with Trump has obviously evolved over the last eight years. What started as this very uneasy alliance for a lot of evangelicals with Trump has now morphed into this situation where, look, desperate times call for desperate measures. The barbarians are at the gates and we need a barbarian to keep them at bay.” This means that Trump’s increasingly dictatorial rhetoric is a natural outlet for the rage and frustration these evangelical voters are being fed.
None of this is to say that Trump has completely unified the evangelical world. Cracks have appeared in recent months, with prominent evangelical leaders like Bob Vander Plaats of Iowa endorsing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis out of concern about Trump’s electoral viability.
Editor’s note: Tim Alberta is an award-winning g journalist, a staff writer for The Atlantic, and author of “The Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory: American Evangelicals in an Age of Extremism,” and “American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump.”
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