GOP Rep. on Evangelical Support of Trump: ‘That Kind of Coarseness, That’s Not Who We Are’

One of the big surprises of the 2016 election was the massive turnout by evangelical voters in favor of electing President Donald Trump. This is a man, after all, who grabs women in the you know what and “moves on them like a bitch,” the latter’s meaning sure to baffle historians for decades to come. So why did the supremely faithful come out in droves to support this kind of man? CNN’s Bill Weir asked North Carolina Rep. Mark Walker, a Baptist minister, just how he reconciles his support for Trump with his faith, given the president’s history of colorful language and actions. “I was raised in that world and it always fascinates me that so many evangelicals went for a man who might answer the question ‘what would Jesus not do’,” Weir announced to the Rep. “How do you reconcile your faith with this president, politically?” Weir dodged the question, opting to denounce Planned Parenthood instead. “After eight years of the Obama administration,” he said. “Things like the former president saying ‘God bless Planned Parenthood.’ Those kinds of things riled up the evangelical base.” The North Carolina Rep., however, soon took a more defiant tone, calling out former Trump advisor Steve Bannon and seeming to allude to the president himself. “I probably shouldn’t say this on CNN or even out loud but I will tell you this, the Steve Bannons of the world, that kind of language and rhetoric, that’s not who we are,” he said. “Republicans have to be willing to call out when there is certain language used with undertones to our friends and neighbors of all the communities we serve. We have to have the boldness to say ‘that’s not right.'” Watch above, via CNN. [image via screenshot]Follow Lawrence Bonk (@sidescrollers) on Twitter

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