- 21 Sep 17
The Armagaddeon-obsessed fundamentalist Christians among Trump’s supporters fear the end is nigh – and they’re not the only ones…
Donald Trump couldn’t have been elected without the support of evangelical Christians. Yes, he was supported by other alt-right constituencies, including white supremacists, American nationalists and neo-Nazis, but his MAGA (Make America Great Again) campaign was based on the twin bedrocks of disillusioned rust-belt workers and Christian fundamentalists.
Bizarre as it might seem in Europe, evangelicals constitute almost 30% of the US population, more numerous than Catholics (22%) or mainline Protestants (16%). They have a literal belief in the Bible and the Gospels, whether that’s the creation of the world or the life and death of Christ. They are pretty engaged with politics too, and are more prepared to campaign and organise. For at least three decades, the US Republican Party has pandered to them.
Fundamentalist evangelicals place their trust in the Word, believe in the ‘End of Days’, and that they will be among the chosen. They believe in the Rapture. Actually, they’re not alone there. One study by Pew Research suggests that an astounding 40% of Americans believe in the Rapture. Pew canvassed “Protestant, White Evangelical, White Mainline, Catholic and Unaffiliated” in 2010. As you might have guessed, those with only high school qualifications are three times more likely to believe in the Rapture than are those with a college qualification. And, while less than a third believe it in the east and mid-west, that rises to six out of ten in the south and west.