Trump fights to keep evangelicals on his side ahead of 2020

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Donald Trump prays with Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, and Pastor Andrew Brunson, at the Values Voter Summit. Photograph: Rex/Shutterstock

But it was the specific church Donald Trump chose to attend on Tuesday that raised eyebrows. Instead of attending his usual service at the liberal church in Palm Beach, Florida, where he married his third wife, Trump instead went to a conservative Baptist-affiliated church in West Palm Beach.

The change of religious venue is the latest sign Trump is making efforts to lock down his evangelical support heading into next year’s presidential election. White evangelicals overwhelmingly backed Trump in 2016, and he will need to win their support again to secure a second term. But there have been some recent, high-profile defections in the evangelical community that appear to have left the president and his campaign team spooked about losing a key component of his base. Continue reading in The Guardian:

White evangelical America made up one of the most important voting blocs behind Trump in 2016. Photograph: Evan Vucci/Associated Press