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Trump The Anointed?

May 13, 2020

By Paul A. Djupe and Ryan P. Burge

Last fall, we wrote about the extent to which white Protestants believed Donald Trump was anointed by God to be president of the United States. Just 21% believed this, but evangelicals were more likely to believe it (29%), and Pentecostals were the most likely (53%). This belief didn’t come out of nowhere, it was making the rounds of conservative media, with figures such as Rick Perry suggesting that Trump is “the chosen one,” a label Trump embraced and used (while pointing toward the clouds) in an August 2019 presser. Others used variations on the theme; he was compared to King Cyrus; “God was behind the last election;” and Trump is the “King of Israel,” and the “second coming” according to Wayne Allen Root.

We ran another survey in late March, 2020, and asked the same questions of a sample of American adults quota-sampled to match the nation in gender, region, and age. The 2019 sample was only of church-attending Protestants, so we subsetted the 2020 data to match. In 2019, among white Protestants who attended church weekly or more often, 29.6 percent believed Trump was anointed by God to be president. But by March 2020, that figure had climbed to 49 percent. It was up across the board, though none so dramatically as among the regular attenders.

Notably, believing that all presidents were anointed also increased over the past year and in just as dramatic of fashion. It is also clear that there remains a gap in believing that all presidents are anointed versus whether Trump was, though it is now much smaller. In 2019, the gap was nearly 40% across attendance categories, though by 2020 the gap was closer to 15%. The religious significance of the presidency is spreading.

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5 comments on “Trump The Anointed?

  • Domine, salvam fac Presidantum nostrum Donaldum, et exaudi nos in die, qua invocaverimus te.

    Let us pray.
    Almighty God, we pray that Thy servant our President Donald, who by Thy mercy has undertaken the government of this realm, may receive increase of all the virtues; so fittingly adorned, may he be enabled to avoid all foul temptations, (overcome his enemies), and with his First Lady consort and the Trump family, may he at the last be welcomed by Thee, who art the way, the truth, and the life. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

    I’m not sure if President or Donald should be accusative, in the original Elizabeth is not cased, although Regina is.  It’s been a long time and I was never any good at Latin anyway.

    I’m also not sure that he’d like the English bit about avoiding foul temptations, what other pleasures would he be capable of enjoying?

    I’d prefer that the good Lord would be welcome him sooner rather than “at last”.

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    Cairsley says:

    In case you are interested, Eejit, you had the case right, but the word you needed instead of ‘Presidantum’ was ‘Praesidem’ (accusative of ‘praeses, praesidis (c)) or ‘Praesidentem’ (acc. of ‘praesidens, praesidentis (c)).

    The virus that has been bothering the world of late has got rather close to the President this week. It would be ironic if he were to contract it and be hastened by it to meet his imaginary Maker. In any case I can only agree: the sooner, the better.

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  • Thanks Cairsley for the correction of my Latin.  Our Latin master, Ted McCarthy, alias Titch, used to beat the crap out of us for getting the cases wrong.  He had a particular dislike for me as I was very tall, 6’4″ at the age of 13, and he suffered from short man syndrome.  I was a smartarse to boot, and he was old school, so I suppose failure at the language of the Roman Church was inevitable.

    I regret the failure now, but a kindly correction is nice to get.  I thought that Latin was the only suitably exalted language in which to laud and pray for the Elect of God, the Sovereign of the Greatest Country in the World.


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  • eejit

     I thought that Latin was the only suitably exalted language in which to laud and pray for the Elect of God, the Sovereign of the Greatest Country in the World.

    Ohhh, but the Protestants beg to differ. Martin Luther is rolling in his grave!


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