Trump works to avoid evangelical defections in 2020 - 2020-01-03
"There are plenty of evangelical Americans who maybe didn't support President Trump in the last election because they didn't believe he was a true ally, but who are now taking a second look at him because of his record," said a Trump campaign adviser.
It's a strategy that is drawing some skepticism. While Trump's religious advisers hail the president as their greatest champion since Ronald Reagan, the policies they point to — a restrictive immigration policy, appointment of anti-abortion judges, rollback of environmental regulations and support for Israel — are often the same issues driving key religious constituencies further away from the president.
"The evangelical community has never been 100 percent lockstep conservative. The 20 percent of white evangelicals who don't like Trump include younger voters, college-educated voters and suburban moms," said Diana Butler Bass, a scholar of American religion.