WSJ: Evangelical Women Turning Against Trump
A 2005 video featuring Donald Trump making suggestive comments about groping and having sex with married women and the multiple women coming forward to allege sexual assault and other lewd behavior have turned many Evangelical Christian women against the Republican nominee, the Wall Street Journal reported.
“How can we support someone who’s so derogatory towards women?” Laura Robinson, 32, of Raleigh, N.C., asked The Journal.
Robinson, a blogger and mother of three, said recently on Facebook she would not vote for Trump next month.
In mid-October, Trump’s support with white Evangelical women was at 58 percent — down from nearly 77 for Mitt Romney in 2012, according a poll by the Public Religion Research Institute.
The nonprofit conducted the poll after the video featuring Trump’s comments with former “Access Hollywood” co-host Billy Bush was released.
More than 70 percent of white Evangelical men still support Trump, according to the poll.
However, the Trump rift has also caused problems with men — but with other Evangelical women who oppose Democrat Hillary Clinton, the Journal reported.
“If Christians are going to turn away from Donald Trump because of some locker-room words that he said a few years ago, when Hillary Clinton is in favor of unfettered access to abortion and marriage equality,” said Stephanie Noriega, 57, of suburban San Diego, “then those Christians need to take a strong look in the mirror.”
Katelyn Beaty, an editor at large at Christianity Today, told the Journal the 2016 election was challenging Evangelicals to “really rethink what it means to have a Christian social ethic.
“What’s unique is that women are critiquing Donald Trump who never enter the political fray.”
However, Christian women interviewed by the Journal said they were attacked for speaking against Trump — particularly on social media — or for backing third-party candidates.
“I have friends who called my faith into question because I’m not voting for Trump,” said Chelsea Patterson, 25, who works on Capitol Hill.
She voted a “straight Republican ticket” in 2012, but will back a third-party candidate next month.
“People are pretty harsh about it,” Patterson told the Journal. “I think they elevate who you vote for up to a gospel issue.”