That they held their noses and voted, hoping he would advance their coverage priorities and attain their objectives.
But beneath all this, there’s one other clarification. One that’s extra uncooked and basic.
Evangelicals didn’t help Mr. Trump despite who he’s. They supported him due to who he’s, and due to who they’re. He is their protector, the bully who’s on their aspect, the one who provided security amid their fears that their nation as they realize it, and their place in it, is altering, and altering rapidly. White straight married with kids who go to church recurrently are not the American mainstream. An whole lifestyle, one by which their values have been dominant, could possibly be headed for extinction. And Mr. Trump provided to revive them to energy, as if they haven’t been in energy all alongside.
“You are always only one generation away from losing Christianity,” mentioned Micah Schouten, who was born and raised in Sioux Center, recalling one thing a former pastor used to say. “If you don’t teach it to your children it ends. It stops right there.”
Ultimately Mr. Trump acknowledged one thing, mentioned Lisa Burg, a longtime resident of close by Orange City. It is a motive she thinks folks will nonetheless help him in November.
“The one group of people that people felt like they could dis and mock and put down had become the Christian. Just the middle-class, middle-American Christians,” Ms. Burg mentioned. “That was the one group left that you could just totally put down and call deplorable. And he recognized that, You know what? Yeah, it’s OK that we have our set of values, too. I think people finally said, ‘Yes, we finally have somebody that’s willing to say we’re not bad, we need to have a voice too.’”
Explained Jason Mulder, who runs a small design firm in Sioux Center: “I feel like on the coasts, in some of the cities and stuff, they look down on us in rural America. You know, we are a bunch of hicks, and don’t know anything. They don’t understand us the same way we don’t understand them. So we don’t want them telling us how to live our lives.”
He added: “You joke that we don’t get it, well, you don’t get it either. We are not speaking the same language.”