The controversy over child separation at the southern border is forcing many conservative Christian leaders to be more critical of Donald Trump than they have in the past. Though some believe this could be a big step in the decrease of support for Trump among this group of conservatives, others say that this is only a small critique that is inconsequential in their overwhelming support for him.
The Hill spoke to Richard Flory to weigh in on the issue:
Richard Flory, senior director of research and evaluation at the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture, asserted that evangelicals struck a bargain of a kind with themselves when it comes to backing Trump.
“The line is some version of, ‘We know Trump has problems but he is doing things we want done,’ ” he said.
He cited not just the U.S. Embassy in Israel’s move to Jerusalem, but also judicial nominations, including Trump’s successful effort to put Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court.