Many progressives like to ridicule evangelical Christians — for their support for Trump, for their values, and for their beliefs.
But in one important way, evangelicals are much smarter than many progressives.
Evangelicals voted for Donald Trump, the candidate they regarded as the lesser-of-two-evils, because they knew that Trump would appoint conservative justices to the Supreme Court.
That’s what several interviewees reported to Angela Denker, author of Red State Christians: Understanding the Voters Who Elected Donald Trump.
The hundreds of thousands of swing-state progressives who voted for Jill Stein in 2016 — like the hundreds of thousands of progressives who voted for Ralph Nader in 2000 (instead of voting for ardent environmentalist Al Gore) — were unwilling to vote for the candidate they regarded as the lesser-of-two-evils.
There were many causes of the election outcomes in 2000 and 2016, but had those progressives held their noses, we’d be much better off: no war in Iraq, no tax cuts for rich people, no withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, no weakening of gay rights, no weakening of labor rights, no weakening of women’s rights, no weakening of immigrant rights, no stacking of the federal courts, no decimation of the EPA, etc., etc., etc. Yes, Hillary was too hawkish; yes, she was too tied to Wall Street; yes, her treatment of Bernie Sanders was despicable. Yes, she ran an incompetent campaign, even forgetting to campaign in swing states. But she clearly was the lesser-of-two-evils, and now we’ve got the worse-of-two-evils. On Obama and Biden see this. On the logic of lesser-of-two-evilism see this.
Soon the Supreme Court may overturn Roe vs. Wade. Whose fault will that be? Lots of peoples’.