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Evangelical Leaders Say Donald Trump May Find Support From Social Conservatives


Some key national Evangelical leaders tell The Brody File that Donald Trump “may find support among social conservatives” if he runs for President and there’s a “growing curiosity” about him within Evangelical circles.

Trump will decide sometime before June about whether he’ll run for President but so far he’s declared that he’s pro-life, against gay marriage and has exhibited tough talk when it comes to fighting radical Islamists.

His bluntness to not mince words has Evangelicals wanting to hear more.

Ralph Reed, one of the top GOP strategists in the country and chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition tells The Brody File:

“There is a nascent and growing curiosity in the faith community about Trump. Evangelicals will like his pro-life and pro-marriage stances, combined with his business record and high-wattage celebrity all but guarantee he will get a close look from social conservatives as well as other Republican primary voters."

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, is curious to hear more as well:

“Given Donald Trump's background in the gambling industry and his flamboyancy, one would not think he would be a fit with Evangelical voters. However, given the wide open field of candidates, strong statements that Trump has recently made on core social issues combined with an overarching desire to see a new occupant in the White House, he may find support among social conservatives.“

If Trump gets in, it will be interesting to see how he plays in Iowa where caucus voters pride themselves in getting to know the candidates personally.

Will Trump invest the time? Longtime social conservative activist Steve Scheffler, president of the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition, tells The Brody File:

“I think Donald Trump has got some potential and when he comes to Iowa in June. I think a lot of people will come to the event out of curiosity and see what he’s all about. The truth is he or any candidate won’t go far here in Iowa if they don’t engage one on one with caucus-goers."

"Iowans come to expect that candidates will answer tough questions in small settings. If he does retail politics, that will be a plus for him. At the end of the day, caucus-goers will need to be convinced that he’s going to expend political capitol on the issues that he talks about. Evangelicals want more than lip service.”

One prominent national evangelical leader told me that, “At this point Evangelicals are having a hard time trying to figure him out but they are intrigued.”

Another prominent evangelical Leader tells The Brody File, “Although Donald Trump is immensely colorful and entertaining it's difficult to take him seriously at this point. He has, however, gotten on evangelicals radar due to his pleasantly surprising comments on life and traditional marriage. Very few people in our circles really know him, so it's difficult to have an accurate read on him as a man. He is at the very least refreshing in his candor.”

Not all Evangelical leaders are giving Trump a shot. In South Carolina, a land full of Evangelical primary voters, Dr. Oran Smith, president of Palmetto Family, a faith-based public policy research firm, says he’s skeptical of Trump’s appeal.>

"Trump would get thumped here. He is a celebrity, but an apprentice at politics. And we know no more of his beliefs than his theme song celebrates: 'money, money, money.”

Watching Trump run for president will be front row seat, popcorn-crunching entertainment. But make no mistake. While the potential of a Trump campaign has the makings of a three-ring circus, Evangelicals seem ready at least to buy a ticket to the show.

They are not ready to say to him, "You're Fired!"

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# RE: Evangelical Leaders Say Donald Trump May Find Support From Social Conservatives

Regardless of what Trump says, his actions say he supports all the vile, Christophobic values and princip[les of the Democrat party.

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Left by T Athanasius on Apr 01, 2011 9:31 AM

# RE: Evangelical Leaders Say Donald Trump May Find Support From Social Conservatives

I am not sold on Trump..yet. What interests me is his business savvy, his tough talk on China and his all-around no-nonsense persona. I think that he could not be bought like many of our current and past slog of politicians-he already has his own $. I have many concerns, but..even if this is a publicity stunt..maybe his straight forwardness will shed some light some issues that seem to be verboten to most presidential candidates.
Left by Anonymous on Apr 01, 2011 10:49 AM

# RE: Evangelical Leaders Say Donald Trump May Find Support From Social Conservatives

I will never support a candidate who has the morals of an alley cat or anyone who has made their fortune on the addiction of others. Make no mistake gambling is an addiction. As far as Trump, in my view he is tainted because he has donated to anyone to keep political favor regardless of their stance on the issues. If he says he is a conservative, I simply can't trust him because I already see him as a political hack and will say anything to keep himself in the limelight.
Left by SteveBarnett on Apr 01, 2011 4:13 PM

# RE: Evangelical Leaders Say Donald Trump May Find Support From Social Conservatives

Why would evangelicals even consider this man as a candidate to run for the highest office in our land; with all the power and the clout that comes with it. This man is used to getting his way all the time. When he speaks, people get going. Do we need to be courting a Billionaire businessman that has invested millions in gambling ventures and other money making enterprises that aren't Christian based or even morally sound (gambling). Why is it that he all of a sudden decides to voice conservative jargon. It sounds to me like Obama trying to convince people that he is a Christian who prays regularly, yet one of the first things he did during his first 100 days in office was to overturn the ban on partial birth abortion! What would Jesus say about that! Trump's investments and lifestyle is what Evangelicals should be looking at, not his rhetoric. What has happened to our Evangelical leadership that they would even consider the notion.
Left by Betty on Apr 02, 2011 2:28 PM

# RE: Evangelical Leaders Say Donald Trump May Find Support From Social Conservatives

I ,personally would love to see a Trump/Palin ticket. woo-hoo bring it on!!! The jokes on late night tv, I'm smiling just thinking about it!
Left by josta45 on Apr 08, 2011 10:47 PM

# RE: Evangelical Leaders Say Donald Trump May Find Support From Social Conservatives

I pray that Mr. Trump comes to realize that going to church (even if he went every day), or just believing in God does NOT make you a Christian..... the Bible says even the demons believe in God.

Only accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior makes you a Christian.

Jesus said you will know them by their fruit.... I have yet to see any fruit in Mr. Trump's life that would be pleasing to our Father.
Left by russ4au on Apr 11, 2011 3:40 PM

# RE: Evangelical Leaders Say Donald Trump May Find Support From Social Conservatives

Let the Lord use whom He will. He chose Moses, a murderer, and David, an adulterer. The current President is not a man of the Lord. Let him be replaced by someone who is a believer.
Left by Mary on Apr 11, 2011 3:45 PM

# RE: Evangelical Leaders Say Donald Trump May Find Support From Social Conservatives

Here we go again...Christians shooting themselves in the foot. Our adherence to *morals* elected a moslem as POTUS. When will the Christian community wake up to the fact that our struggle is not against individuals, but powers and principalities? Trump has produced his birth certificate and declared that he is a Christian. Who among us can truly cast the first stone???? Elect the person who can best restore America to greatness, and leave it to God to work in that individual's heart and life.
Left by Louise333 on Apr 11, 2011 4:09 PM

# RE: Evangelical Leaders Say Donald Trump May Find Support From Social Conservatives

Not sure why everyone thinks he's got a lot of "business savy." His casino operations have filed bankruptcy - twice. http://www.legalzoom.com/legal-headlines/celebrity-lawsuits/how-does-trump-repeatedly-file

He profited from both of these bankruptcies - but I'm not sure that's the kind of business savy we want. Especially from running casinos.
Left by Brad on Apr 11, 2011 5:02 PM

# RE: Evangelical Leaders Say Donald Trump May Find Support From Social Conservatives

Some of you sound like the Church lady with all of your judgmental and gossipy talk about Donald Trump. A lot of you are Mitt Romney supporters. There's a contradiction if ever there was one. I don't have anything bad to say about Romney or what sort of man he is personally. However, knowing what I know about the Mormon religion, which is NOT some sort of benign variation of Christianity - there is no way I could vote for a Mormon any more than I could vote for a Muslim or an atheist. But if Mr. Trump professes to be a Christian, that's between him and the Lord. Woe to him if he's not being sincere. As for evidence of sin - I guess all of you are pure as the wind driven snow. Oh, you're not? Maybe that's because Jesus cleanses sins - not your sanctimoniousness. By the way, what about this Evangelical leadership? Why are you following men instead of our Saviour?
Left by vinylcam on Apr 11, 2011 7:03 PM

# RE: Evangelical Leaders Say Donald Trump May Find Support From Social Conservatives

Right now,there are no good 'electable' representatives in the Republican party. I like Huckabee but he wouldn't get elected. Palin isn't bad either but the same with her. I like Trump because I believe he'll be a tough leader which is exactly what we need right now. We need someone to talk straight to us. We need someone who ain't afraid to face Arab leaders and tell them we need cheaper oil or we're going to raise food export prices for you. We need someone who tells Congress Look,we're broke and we need to stop spending and we need to stop giving aid to Countries that hate us. This isn't about him being Atheist or Christian or Buddhist or whatever. He says he believe in Christ,that's a good thing. But being a President doesn't have a prerequisite of being a 'Christian' attached to it. God could use a squirrel to lead us. The point is we pray,he leads. We continue praying,he'll lead us how God wants us lead. I like Trump.
Left by Sporty on Apr 11, 2011 9:55 PM

# RE: Evangelical Leaders Say Donald Trump May Find Support From Social Conservatives

That Evangelicals are now embracing Ayn Rand (an atheist who spat on Jesus' admonition to care for the least of these), and now Trump, a foul mouth serial adulterer, pathalogical teller of falsehoods, vain, arrogant, self promoting hedonist speaks volumes about the degree to which (mostly white) evangelicals have turned their back on God and are actually worshiping at the alter of Satan.
Left by FreeThinker001 on Apr 30, 2011 9:25 PM

# RE: Evangelical Leaders Say Donald Trump May Find Support From Social Conservatives

The President of the United States is an unapologetic Christian. Sure, it's easy to profess one's faith when you're a Republican. It's almost a requirement for any Republican candidate. But a Democrat to speak so eloquently on matters of faith and who lives his faith as a faithful husband and faith when there are those on the left who see it as a strike against him, says something about his character, whatever we might think of his politics and policies. We would do well to remember that this is a man who went to Cairo and spoke to an audience of Muslim students and bear witness to his faith in Jesus Christ. People who continue to denegrate his faith for political gain are not serving God. They are doing Satan's bidding.
Left by FreeThinker001 on Apr 30, 2011 9:36 PM

# RE: Evangelical Leaders Say Donald Trump May Find Support From Social Conservatives

ALL IVE HEARD FROM DONALD TRUMP IS OBAMA BASHING, RACIAL SLURS, I WOULDNT VOTE FOR HIM,AND DONT SEE WHY ANY CHRISTIAN WOULD,HE NEVER TALKS ABOUT ISSUES.
Left by grace88 on May 02, 2011 8:00 PM