Morally Bankrupt

Great disappointments.

Among the more confusing aspects of the uniquely confusing 2016 election cycle was the unfailing kinship evangelical Republicans displayed toward Donald Trump, a man who not only did not share their ostensible values but so frequently offended them. The thrice-married, boastfully adulterous Trump won 81 percent of born-again or Evangelical Christians, and their support has not waned. Evangelical leaders and voters alike have conspicuously refused to criticize the president, even when he deserves it. Sympathetic portraits of a culture in crisis supposedly justified this cognitive dissonance because, even if Trump weren’t perfect, he was the last bulwark against the tyranny of liberal secularism.

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Morally Bankrupt

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