Conservative Christian makes stunning admission: 'Trump's hardcore evangelical base threatens our constitution'
Donald Trump posing with a Bible in front of St. John's church (screengrab)

Conservative Christian David French has given a lengthy interview with Vox's Sean Illing in which he makes a stunning admission about hardcore evangelical Trump supporters.

Over the course of the interview, French shows how American evangelicals are uniquely joined at the hip to the Republican Party in a way that other religious dominations are not.

So while many Black Christians vote for Democrats and many conservative Catholics vote for Republicans, they don't on the whole believe that God has personally intervened to help their candidates win elections as many evangelicals do.

This is part of the reason, says French, that evangelicals treated former President Donald Trump as a messianic figure and part of the reason why many evangelical Christians took part in the infamous January 6th riots at the United States Capitol building.

"The hardcore Trump evangelical base threatens our constitutional rule of law," French argued. "People on my side have told me for a long time that I'm exaggerating the threat, that I should stop pearl-clutching. But now we've seen a direct violent attack on the US Capitol, on the very seat of American democracy, and it was designed to prevent a peaceful transition of power that was taking place at the exact same time as the attack."

French also says that many people in the media -- and even many of his fellow conservatives -- do not understand what has been happening within the evangelical movement.

"Unless you're in the middle of Trump Country and interacting with grassroots activist Republicans, I don't believe you can possibly understand how deep the conspiracy thinking has wormed its way into the GOP," he said. "I don't think you understand the ferocity of Trumpism. One of the reasons more legislators have not stood up more dramatically to Trump, and let's just be honest about this, is that they fear for their lives and the lives of their families."

Read the whole interview here.