“Lets Make America Great Again,” – President Trump 2016. America has been on the the edge of chaos and rejoice from the past elections of November 2016. This has changed the history of America. No two candidates have ever differed so much before this (Trump being so overbearingly right wing and Hillary overbearingly left wing). Not to mention how close the votes were. The elections of 2016 is often a subject that people do not want to talk about. It could be because of the amount of downright rude comments and the shocking details about some of the candidates, exposing them in personal and professional scandals that most people would not expect them to recover from. It could also be because Donald Trump won. Trump was able to slide into the oval office from the help of the electoral college votes even though he lost the popular vote which many people from across the United States were furious about because they thought their individual vote did not matter. There have been many protests and riots over Trump’s victory but religious leaders across the nation had their own ideas about this. Media is the biggest source used to tell of each leader’s personal views. Some take an around the bush type of way of showing their own opinions, such as Pope Francis did. Others flat out tell of how they feel as John Fea did. The use of different types of media, mainly typed articles and Twitter news feeds, are used to express the many religious leader’s mixed feelings on Donald Trump’s victory into presidency.
Trumps victory stumped the nation, but when the 2016 elections have been looked at a bit more closely, you may be shocked at the secret to Donald Trump’s victory. Typically, religious groups from across America were expected to vote for Hillary Clinton but in fact 81% of white evangelicals and born-again Christians voted for Trump, that’s more than Mitt Romney (79 percent) in 2012, John Mcain (73 percent) in 2008, and George W. Bush (79 percent) in 2004. Trumps ideas and behavior during the 2016 elections were quite unfavorable to others, Such as most Muslims and Islams.Actually, every other religious group except white evangelicals and born-again Christians, voted for Hillary. Mostly because of their anger towards Trump on trying to banish one religion. Scared they might be next, they jump to back up Clinton to try to secure their safety from Donald Trump’s merciless promises. After The finale of the election and all the votes were tallied, many religious leaders that didn’t even want Trump in office, come out on Twitter, hoping for this to be a good year and wishes luck to our new President in office.
Not all Christians took part in supporting Trump for the election, Jen Hatmaker, a Christian author, called Trump “absolutely, positively, thoroughly unfit for the presidency.” in a controversial interview with RNS. On Facebook the day before, she wrote:
““Our marching orders are the same. We are still about the same things we’ve always been about, Christian. We will still love our neighbors and resist fear. We will stick up for the marginalized and protect the vulnerable. We will show up for the hard work of good citizenship and remain faithful to God and each other. We will insist on bringing hope and grace and strength and love to this busted up world. We will not malign people out of fear or confusion. We will love God and love people and that is the same basic plan it has always been.”
Though she was adamant in her ideas about Trump’s undeserving of the oval office, She has hopes that the future itself will not be as bad as everyone thinks it will be. John Fea who is also a Christian, had the same ideas as Jen. The night of Donald Trump’s victory he posted on twitter saying: ” If this is evangelicalism- I am out.”
Others representing their own cultures and religions such as Jews and Muslims also came to the forefront to express their uneasiness about Trump’s victory. David Harris of the global Jewish advocacy organization highlighted some of the biggotry of the campaigns and even included and Anti-Jewish hate speech that was organized by one of the more vicious Trump supporters. Harris said: “America’s diversity must be defended against any further attempts to demonize or stigmatize on the basis of ethnicity, race, gender or faith,” meaning we must stop being prejudiced towards others. Though with Donald Trump as president he does not see his statement coming true anytime soon.
However, a lot of people accepted Trump’s victory (mostly Christians and Evangelicals) even tho they do not necessarily agree with it. They all said something along the lines of what they hopped to see Trump accomplish or change. Pietro Parolin for example gave his congratulations to Donald Trump and prayed that he kept in mind not only himself, but this country. “I pray that God enlightens him and supports him in the service of his country of course, but also in the service of well being and peace in the world.”
Although many of the religion leaders may not like Trump, its clear they are mature enough to accept that he is now the president and the only thing we can do is pray that he will at least have an open mind or change some of the things he proposed in the elections. Pope Francis hopes Trump doesn’t actually decide to build a wall separating Mexico from the United States but if he does then he hopes there will be some good to come from it. Most of the leaders made their point on Donald Trump’s victory on Twitter, a multi million dollar social media company that’s used by a total of 310+ million active users each and every single day. Some of the more famous religious contributors such as Pope Francis got over 30,000 re-blogs and twice the many likes on their reactions. Not only was Twitter a big contribution to the media output over this topic but so were interviews, talk shows, and Facebook where religious leaders would go more in depth on their reasoning and what they meant. Others used articles and essays to broadcast their ideas that they got from the interviews.
We always tell each other that religion and politics should never be talked about in public settings, much less together in the same topic. However, the media plays a big role in today’s society and our everyday lives, covering issues and topics that we might even be offended from. When you think of religion leaders reacting to Trump’s victory, we may have the idea that they don’t like him. Mostly because of his biggotry that he showed in the elections. The media, does a fairly good job making sure to portray the leaders actual opinions rather than their own. How can you not when you use self promoting sites like Twitter or Facebook? The only problem is when people try to interpret what these religion figures are trying to say when they type these articles or news feeds. They will usually end up twisting it to their advantage to make it seem like they support Donald or they don’t support him at all. However, when this did happen, it usually ended up to be pretty suttle which is why the media, in my opinion, did so well with this specific and sensitive topic.
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