Trump And The Religious Right: Assessing The Moral Vacuity Of The 'Values Voters'.


May 3 was the National Day of Prayer (NDP), and two interesting events took place at the White House.

For the second year in a row, President Donald Trump used the NDP to unveil a "religious freedom" executive order that assails church-state separation.

During a Rose Garden ceremony, Trump made grandiose claims. He asserted that Americans are once again saying "one nation under God" and "Merry Christmas." Trump, of course, provided no evidence that Americans had ever stopped saying these things.

At the event, Trump was surrounded by members of his fawning Evangelical Advisory Board. An hour after the ceremony, a much different scene took place at the White House. Members of the White House press corps grilled Sarah Huckabee Sanders over statements by Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, who had told Fox News that Trump did indeed make a $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels, an adult entertainment star who claims she had an affair with Trump 12 years ago.

Trump had been adamantly denying that he gave money to Daniels. For some unknown reason, Giuliani...

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