Good article Jonathan. It is disturbing, though not surprising, that the evangelical right wing supports Trump. They jettisoned any principled convictions long ago. For them it is all about obtaining power.
“Ralph Reed, formerly the head of the Christian Coalition and currently a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor of Georgia, his first step on the road to the White House, has always preached against gambling as part of his “family values” rhetoric. Reed, who has also done consulting work for Enron (which engaged in other forms of gambling), accepted as much as $4.2 million from Indian tribes intent on maintaining a regional monopoly for their casinos. “I need to start humping in corporate accounts,” he wrote to lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who has since pleaded guilty to federal charges of fraud, tax evasion, and conspiracy to bribe public officials. Reed added, “I’m counting on you to help me with some contacts.” As head of the Republican Party in Georgia, Reed helped to engineer attacks on behalf of Saxby Chambliss in 2002 that accused Max Cleland, the incumbent U.S. senator, of a lack of patriotism; Cleland left three of his limbs on the battlefields of Vietnam. As a political consultant for various Republican candidates, Reed has compiled a tawdry record of race-baiting, but he is far from alone among the ranks of the Religious Right in his questionable attitudes about race. Tony Perkins, a graduate of Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University and head of the Family Research Council, arguably the most influential Religious Right organization aside from Focus on the Family, has had ties to white supremacist organizations in his native Louisiana.
Balmer, Randall (2007–03–09). Thy Kingdom Come: How the Religious Right Distorts Faith and Threatens America (pp. 178–179). Basic Books. Kindle Edition.”