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US evangelicals still all-in for scandal-plagued Trump

In his opening remarks, Ralph Reed, the founder of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, denied there was a “cult of personality” around Trump among evangelicals.


Delegates at the conference appeared to agree, with many speaking approvingly of Trump’s record rather than commenting on his personality.

Two theories of the case for another Trump term emerged: First, that he fights for his supporters like no one else in politics; and second, that he delivered more of their policy priorities than any other modern president, from protecting religious freedoms and nominating three of the Supreme Court justices who gutted abortion rights.

Monk, the political activist, pointed to Trump being the first sitting president to attend the annual anti-abortion March for Life rally in Washington in 2020, and his early advocacy for parental choice in education.

“It’s not about, ‘Do we match? Are we the same people?’ It’s about, ‘Will you put my values into policy?'” she said. “And that’s why these folks all love Donald Trump.”

Enzo Alcindor, who manages a real estate office in south Florida, said he voted twice for Trump’s main primary rival, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, but would be four-square behind Trump in 2024.

“The other (candidates) do not have the melons – let me say it that way – to represent us, to fight for us, to defend us against the machine,” says Alcindor, who is in his 50s and came to the United States from Haiti in 1986.

“So there is only one, and only one candidate for me. It’s president Donald Trump.”

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