This post originally appeared in Religion Dispatches.
Donald Trump is now a “baby Christian“?
Now that Trump has become the presumptive GOP nominee—the old guard has stepped forward to engage in an ancient ritual of the Right, dating back to the Reagan years: evangelical-washing.
Trump has won the populist bloc without the rhetoric the old guard so wants to hear—the language Dobson is injecting here on his behalf via the he-prayed-the-salvation-prayer motif. And now we’re watching the evangelical punditry talk themselves into supporting this “baby Christian,” into heralding the softening and engendering of ‘faith’ within him.
Jonnie Russell is a contributing fellow with the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture.