Trump’s Apocalypse Election

Donald Trump was smart enough to avoid saying anything this past weekend that interfered with the media’s focus on Hillary Clinton’s ill-considered denunciation of “half” of her opponent’s supporters as “deplorables” and then her health problem. But he did say one interesting thing when interviewed by Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody at the Values Voters Summit in Washington on Friday.

This will be the last election that the Republicans have a chance of winning. You’re going to have people flowing across the border, you’re going to have illegal immigrants coming in and they’re going to be legalized and they’re going to be able to vote and once that all happens you can forget it.

As someone who attended that conference (I spoke on a panel about the threat from Iran), I can tell you Trump wasn’t alone in thinking this way. Gary Bauer, the thoughtful head of the American Values group that organized the event said the same thing in his speech to the conference. Bauer and other Christian conservatives were slow to get behind Trump, but they are now all in on his candidacy largely because they, too, see 2016 in apocalyptic terms. Though he admitted that political organizers frame every election as the most important in history, Bauer thinks it’s actually true this time and cited a recent article in the Claremont Review of Books titled, “The Flight 93 Election.”

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