Evangelicals who support Donald Trump made their peace long ago with his tendency to say absolutely terrible things. “People of faith are voting on issues like who will protect unborn life, defund Planned Parenthood, defend religious liberty and oppose the Iran nuclear deal,” said Ralph Reed, who heads the Faith & Freedom Coalition. “A ten-year-old tape of a private conversation with a talk show host ranks low on their hierarchy of concerns.”
Pence’s ascent to the second most powerful position in the U.S. government is a tremendous coup for the radical religious right. Pence – and his fellow Christian supremacist militants – would not have been able to win the White House on their own. For them, Donald Trump was a godsend.
By 2016, Liberty’s efforts to limit free expression were already
well-established. (“The big victory was finding a way to tame the
faculty,” Falwell told
the New York Times last year for a story about privileging Liberty’s
financial growth over its academics.) But the school’s methods became
even more aggressive after Falwell endorsed Donald Trump early that year, according to multiple current and former faculty members.