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How the female body became the scapegoat for white evangelicals

Aug 30, 2019

By Andrea Lucado

Children have died at the border, the mass shooting count since Sandy Hook is up to 2,197, white nationalism is terrorizing the country, and crowds are breaking into disturbing chants at Trump rallies. Still, one subset of Protestant, conservative Christianity is pleased with President Trump’s first term: white evangelicals. At the center of their support? A loud and persistent pro-life rally cry.

After interviewing 50 evangelical Christians, a recent Washington Post report cited Trump’s stance on abortion as a common denominator among the interviewees’ ardent support of him and the reason they will continue to support him in 2020. And a lot of them are going to support him. A July NPR/PBS poll showed Trump approval ratings among white evangelicals at 77 percent, echoing the famed 80 percent of white evangelicals who voted for Trump in 2016.

That overwhelming number (80 percent) aligned with the overwhelming number (70 percent) of white evangelicals who reportedly hated Hillary Clinton. At the center of that hate? Her stance on abortion.

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