Like many voters, Mansfield writes, Christian conservatives were looking for a change. They were willing to overlook Trump’s behavior and believe in him “largely because he spoke of faith like a crusader, like one who understood religion as a perpetual call to arms.”
Mansfield talked with USA TODAY about that appeal, and why he thinks Christian conservatives could end up paying a steep price.[Stephen Mansfield, author of "Choosing Donald Trump;]Stephen Mansfield, author of "Choosing Donald Trump; God, Anger, Hope and Why Christian Conservatives Supported Him." (Photo: BakerBooks)
Q. You wrote books on the faith of George Bush and Barack Obama. This time, you focused instead on why Christian conservatives supported Donald Trump. Why the different approach?