Has Donald Trump Broken the Religious Right?

That’s a question our very own Anthea Butler posed to me in a bloggingheads episode we taped on Monday about the impact Trump is having on the Republican presidential primary. What’s the answer? Watch the clip below:


  • reedjim51@gmail.com' Jim Reed says:

    I don’t know that Donald Trump can break the religious right. I think we should all expect great things from Mr. Trump, we just don’t yet know exactly what they will be.

  • gregp@unm.edu' Gregory Peterson says:

    I can’t watch the video now, but the headline reminds me of this from Dr. Throckmorton.

    Donald Trump Shall Become the Trumpet: My Entry for Best Article in the “Wait, This Isn’t Parody?” Category


  • tojby_2000@yahoo.com' apotropoxy says:

    Trumps’s hatred is complementary to that of the religious rights’. They are fellow travelers.

  • Dennis.Lurvey@live.com' Well_Read says:

    Religion is dying in America. The evangelical base is shrinking, the people who want biblical laws. 30% of those under 30 are non religious or non believing, 25% of those under 25 are atheist, in 13 states there are more non religious than religious and 19 more very close. If republicans keep hitching their party to a dying horse they will die also. Between the non religious, the non believing, and the non practicing we finally have a mostly secular America.

  • reedjim51@gmail.com' Jim Reed says:

    The Republican party is not hitched to the dying horse. It might appear that way, but that is because the religious have been providing them with such a large lockstep voting block. Once we reach a point where the voting block is not winning elections, the rich will be the first ones to figure that out. They always knew this voting block wouldn’t last forever, and they can always change course and find another voting block. The priority is to protect their money, and any particular social issues are only important as a means to that end.

    The politicians can change. The issues can change. The rich just want to make sure they can get more rich, and not have to share.

  • Dennis.Lurvey@live.com' Well_Read says:

    republicans were tied to christianity in the 50’s for a purpose. as long as the candidates still want to get rid of birth control, choice, and short skirts they will still loose ground. every candidate except trump has said only more jesus will fix this country and they intent to force that if elected. they dont want to be separated from religion.

  • reedjim51@gmail.com' Jim Reed says:

    To me the real Republican party is the rich guys behind the scenes. Those candidates are just the current face of the party, but the real party can change them when it becomes necessary.

  • zinealine@gmail.com' cranefly says:

    The brokenness of the religious right is giving us Donald Trump.

  • mischa2008@msn.com' Mischa Pierce says:

    25% are non-religious, not atheist. The majority of the “Nones” still identify as theists, deists or spiritual of some sort. Only a minority identify as “atheist”. Don’t hold your breath about having a majority-atheist America. If it ever happens it won’t be in our lifetimes. Not that I care one way or the other. But we don’t need to be atheist to have a secular government.

  • eingiv4z@gmail.com' ShirleyRManley says:


  • reedjim51@gmail.com' Jim Reed says:

    The Republican party gives us Trump. The religious right gives us Huckabee and both the Republican party and religious right gives us Cruz.

  • aiyae2qua8k@gmail.com' IsaacLHawk says:


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