By Tom Quiner
I’m a white, male, conservative Roman Catholic.
The Democratic Party loathes me and my ilk. This is not just my perception, this is reality based on Hillary Clinton campaign rhetoric in 2016.
She lumps us into a ‘basket’ of irredeemable deplorables.
Even Michael Wear admits that my perception of the Democratic Party is spot on.
Mr. Wear is the former director of Barack Obama’s 2012 faith-outreach efforts. He’s a very rare political bird: a theologically conservative evangelical Christian … who is a Democrat.
He admits in his new book, “Reclaiming Hope,” that Democrats don’t get us, and definitely don’t like us.
He wrote an outreach fact sheet for Obama titled, “Economic Fairness and the Least of These.” Christians get the language, since ‘least of these’ comes from a famous teaching from Jesus. A staffer deleted the phrase, complaining it didn’t make sense, convinced it was a typo. She inquired, who/what are ‘these’?
Eighty-one percent of white, evangelical Christians voted for Donald Trump. Mr. Wear pretty much acknowledges that it is “no wonder:”
“It shows not just ineptitude, but the ignorance of Democrats in not even pretending to give these voters a reason to vote for them. We also need to have a robust conversation about the support or allowance for racism, misogyny, and Islamophobia in the evangelical tradition.
Many of those 81 percent are accommodating cultural changes in America that are deeply problematic. Liberals have been trying to convince Americans, and evangelicals in particular, that America is not a Christian nation. The 2016 election was evangelicals saying, “Yeah, you’re right! We can’t expect to have someone who is Christian like us. We can’t expect to have someone with a perfect family life. What we can expect is someone who can look out for us, just like every other group in this country is looking for a candidate who will look out for them.”
Emma Green has a great interview with Mr. Wear in The Atlantic. You can read it here.