Just a few days ago, I had the honor of serving as the keynote speaker at the Christian Heritage Party of Canada’s 2017 Convention in Gatineau, Quebec.
And one big takeaway from our neighbors to the north: They absolutely love President Donald Trump.
That’s right — there are plenty of Canadians living in the far left Justin Trudeau era who find solace and take comfort in Trump. And not just any ol’ Canadians. Rather, the very segment of society the media would have believed should hate Trump — the Christian faithful.
Once again, it’s a case of media deception.
All along the campaign trail in America, the media showcased every which way possible Trump as a morally bankrupt misogynist and hater, unloved and unsupported by steadfast Republicans and Christian evangelicals. Fast-foward to today and the media still can’t get it through its head that those of faith actually like this president. They’re still trying to discern the reasons.
The Washington Post in early September took a stab at understanding, with a story headlined this way: “Why most evangelicals don’t condemn Trump.”
The Chicago Tribune in early October tried similarly, with this piece: “Why evangelicals still support Trump.”
And Politico, just a few days later, ran with this: “Why evangelicals love Trump.”
The stories were all aimed at demystifying what has to be one of the left’s most lingering puzzlers — why fully 60 percent of white evangelicals in one September poll gave thumbs-up to the president, why attendees at the recent Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., gave thunderous applause to the White House, why Christians in general aren’t so condemning of the commander-in-chief despite his many human failings.
More to truth, the stories were aimed at finding the dirt.
“Those who have known Trump longest guffaw at his approach to evangelicals and say they believe he is only pandering,” Politico wrote.
“Evangelical Christians voted for Donald Trump in overwhelming numbers. Evangelical support for the president remains relatively firm,” the Washington Post wrote. “All of this gets under the skin of President Trump’s critics, who cannot believe that men and women who think of themselves as godly can possibly stomach Trump’s behavior. For such critics, the only possible explanation for evangelicals’ continuing faith in Trump is some combination of ignorance and hypocrisy.”
Ignorance and hypocrisy?
Ignorance and hypocrisy is a Christian believer who votes for, say, a pro-abortion politician — who voted for, say, Hillary Clinton.
The problem with the left, with the leftists who dominate the media, is that they see Christians in the narrowest of terms, at least, when it suits.
For instance, the left’s logic is that a woman of faith should not support Trump because a) he’s been divorced and b) he’s been caught on audio saying repulsive things about women.
But where does the left’s logic go when it’s a case of abortion, one of Christianity’s biggest causes?
The media loves a Nancy Pelosi, and sees no dichotomy in calling her a champion for women’s rights — all women’s rights — despite the fact she supports abortion, yet professes Catholic faith.
Ignorance. Now that’s ignorance and hypocrisy.
So why do American evangelicals love Trump?
Really, for the same reason Canadian Christians regard him well — and this, right from the mouths of Canada’s own Christians: Trump’ss a strong leader with a take-no-prisoners’ approach to tearing down the leftist, progressive, atheistic and Big Government walls that have been erected with astonishing speed around the world in recent years.
Christians know: Where government grows, God oftentimes withers. And that’s the root problem of what ails society, in America, in Canada and elsewhere.
Christians in Canada, weary already of Trudeau and looking forward to ousting him in the next election, see inspiration in Trump. They see someone who’s not afraid to take on the status quo, buck the establishment tide, call a spade a spade — in the loudest and even aggressive of terms, no less — and fight for the rights of the little guy who’s been nothing but trounced by repressive forces for years.
They follow U.S. politics closely. And their big question, their big worry about the future of America’s politics, was this: Is it true what the media says — that Americans, by and large, hate Trump?
And get this. Honestly, the loudest applause of my hour-long speech came when I told them, “No” — when I told them not to believe the media, that the press was largely anti-Trump and had been from the very beginning of his campaign.
Another media deception slashed and crumbled.
And now, from Canada’s Christians to Trump: They love you, they cheer for you and truly, they draw much inspiration and hope for their own country’s change from your White House leadership.
First appeared at The Washington Times.