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Prominent Southern Baptist Albert Mohler opposed Trump in 2016. Now, he says he will vote for the president.

Apr 17, 2020

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey

The Rev. R. Albert Mohler Jr., one of the key leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention, plans to vote for President Trump in the fall, a reversal of his position in 2016 when he argued that support of Trump risks destroying evangelicals’ credibility.

Mohler, who was also critical of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, was one of the most visible anti-Trump evangelical leaders during the 2016 election. In an article for The Washington Post, he called Trump “the Great Evangelical Embarrassment,” and noted that “leaders are held to a much higher standard, and continued public arguments that offer cover for Donald Trump are now not only implausible but excruciating.”

But in a lengthy video recorded on Monday, Mohler, who is president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, said he plans to vote for Trump in 2020 and for the Republican presidential candidates for the rest of his life, unless the party changes its platform.

Mohler argued in the video that conservative Christians should vote based on a party’s view on abortion, Supreme Court nominees and protecting religious liberty. He said former vice president Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, had character issues for reversing his position on the Hyde Amendment, a provision barring the use of federal funds for abortion.

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