Quantcast
Connect with us

Trump haunted by his evangelical supporters’ science denial as he confronts the coronavirus crisis: columnist

Published

on

It’s well known that Donald Trump’s surge to the presidency was greatly aided by his evangelical supporters. Now, according to the New York Times’ Katherine Stewart, “we are all reaping what that movement has sown” as the coronavirus health crisis continues to spiral.

The “denial of science and critical thinking among religious ultraconservatives now haunts the American response to the coronavirus crisis,” Stewart writes, citing examples of Christian pastors who insisting on keeping their church doors open as lockdown orders grip the country.

ADVERTISEMENT

Trump’s tendency to trust his flawed instincts over the experts isn’t due to any sort of religious conviction, but that tendency is perfectly in sync with his evangelical base. Trump’s hopes that the country can get back to its normal routine by Easter was no accident, according to Stewart, and many evangelicals were pleased by his vision of “packed churches all over our country” when his Easter goal rolled around.

“Religious nationalism has brought to American politics the conviction that our political differences are a battle between absolute evil and absolute good,” Stewart writes. “When you’re engaged in a struggle between the ‘party of life’ and the ‘party of death,’ as some religious nationalists now frame our political divisions, you don’t need to worry about crafting careful policy based on expert opinion and analysis.”

Stewart predicts that February, 2020, will go down in history as the month where America dropped the ball in getting ahead of the burgeoning coronavirus crisis. But what will be less discussed is the role the Christian nationalist movement had hindering our response —  a movement that ensured that “our government is in the hands of people who appear to be incapable of running it well.”

Read her full op-ed over at The New York Times.


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Trump ridiculed for plan to build a ‘National Garden of American Heroes’: ‘Surprised he didn’t include Zorro’

Published

on

At President Donald Trump's Independence Day Speech at Mount Rushmore, he pledged to sign an executive order establishing the "National Garden of American Heroes" in reaction to efforts to tear down monuments glorifying racist historical figures. Although many of the people proposed by the administration for the garden, like Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr., are fairly universally beloved, others, like former President Ronald Reagan, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and evangelical preacher Billy Graham, are sharply partisan choices.

The White House just sent out the text of the executive order. It creates a task force to recommend how and where to create this new garden. And it specifies the statues that should be in the park (including Antonin Scalia): pic.twitter.com/fGjFbr4JtQ

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

WATCH: Maskless Kimberly Guilfoyle gives speech to Trump supporters the day before her positive COVID test was announced

Published

on

Donald Trump Jr.'s girlfriend, Trump campaign fundraiser Kimberly Guilfoyle, made headlines with the announcement she tested positive for COVID-19 with hours to go before President Donald Trump's speech at Mount Rushmore. The campaign was quick to note that this occurred before the president arrived in the state, that Guilfoyle and Trump Jr. would be backing out of attending the president's speech, and that they would not have any contact with him until further notice.

Continue Reading
 

2020 Election

Guilfoyle’s positive COVID-19 test a ‘set-back’ for troubled Trump campaign trying to brush off pandemic fears: report

Published

on

According to the Washington Post, the report that top Donald Trump 2020 campaign official, and girlfriend to Don Trump Jr., Kimberly Guilfoyle has tested positive for COVID-19 is not only a setback for the president's troubled campaign but also a stark reminder that the coronavirus is still spreading rapidly despite the president's denials.

Continue Reading
 
 
You need honest news coverage. Help us deliver it. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1. Go ad-free.
close-image