By Scott Tibbs, September 19, 2017
Those who cannot understand why evangelical Christians voted for Donald Trump, given his personal morality and history of Leftist positions severely underestimate how deeply evangelical Christians loathe Hillary Clinton. Even as someone who did not vote for Trump, I understand this very well.
Such is the story of the 2016 election. Democrats truly did not understand how terrible their candidate was and how deep and intense the opposition to her was by Republicans generally, and evangelical Christians specifically. For many Christians, she and her values represent everything they are fighting against.
Over the last 70 years, the White House tends to flip every eight years. Republicans held the White House for eight years with Eisenhower, then Democrats were in power for eight years with John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, Then Republicans were back in power with Nixon. In the 1990's and onward, we had eight years of Democrat Bill Clinton, eight years of Republican George W. Bush, eight years of Democrat Barack Obama, and then the Republicans won with Trump. The elections of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush were an anomaly.
It is possible that the Democrats might have bucked the historical trend had they not nominated a thoroughly uninspiring candidate with 25 years of baggage on the national stage, with deep and intense resentment among Republican voters. Republicans might not have trusted Trump, but they despised Hillary Clinton.
My point here is not to present Trump as some sort of conquering hero. He was by far the least qualified person in the Republican field. My point is that as much as Trump won the election, Hillary Clinton lost it. If the Democrats want to win in the future, they need to understand why they lost. The only way to do that is to come to terms with how terrible their candidate was.