posted on Aug, 18 2016 @ 09:09 PM
Sure, his religion may well have been one of the reasons Pence was chosen by Trump. But he didn't really need him to shore up his support in the South
which is the area of the country that has the highest density of Evangelicals, Trump won them against a field against many other candidates who had
far greater Evangelical cred than Trump. He also chose him because he's a rust belt governor, acceptable to the GoP establishment, solid on
immigration, and probably other reasons. Despite popular belief Evangelical congregations are far less monolithic politically than is presented in the
media. Notice that I said congregations not leadership.Evangelicals include all races and political persuasion, and I consider them brothers and
sisters in Christ regardless of who they vote for. As a matter of fact I believe you'd find that even if you take out the largely politically
Democratic Black Churches, Evangelicals would be less monolithic politically than African Americans in general who vote 90% Democrat. I go to a very
conservative church, and I doubt my church would come that close to near 90 % GoP for a national office, and even less for a local or state office
where you are often voting the person you know kinda and not the party.
There are around 95 million Evangelicals in the US alone and 286 million around the world. Around 4% or 1 in 25 people ON THIS PLANET are
Evangelicals. The largest concentrations are in North America, South America, and Africa. That US number is around a third of the US population, if it
were as monolithicly Republican as some seem to think, the GOP would only need to pick up a few Jews, a decent amount of Catholics, a few other
Christians, and some others here and there and it would have an unbeatable coalition. That is far from the case.
I can't by any means speak for Evangelicals as a whole, or even Baptists, but I there are more than a few, myself included, who were kinda pissed at
the GOP Establishment pushing a Mormon on us last cycle. There were admittedly other problems with him as well. The Robber Baron vibe I got from Bain
Capital was really off putting as well, say what you will about Trump but he's not a buy a company, load it with debt, strip assetts, fire employess,
profit, and haul ass type of guy like Romney was. His failures as far as I can tell were legitimate attempts to create profitable business, and anyone
who's ever attempted entrepreneurship knows that 5-10 failures (depending on who and how it's being counted) out of nearly 100 successes is pretty
But not to fear Democrats, if whatever rises from the Nationalistic, Populist AltRight to replace the GOP is unpalatable to Evangelicals ( an admitted
possibility), they will join their brothers and sisters who are already there and influence them in the same way that they have the GOP the past
generation. I'm only 40 and I can remember growing up in a Baptists church that didn't join the Southern Baptist Convention because they were too
liberal, and there were still a sizeable number Democrats who voted that way for socio-economic reasons. It's way to big a constituency to ignore, and
the Democrats used to command the votes of way more of them than they do now.