Deputy White House Press Secretary Hogan Gidley spoke with Todd Starnes on Tuesday about a recent New York Times’ article accusing Evangelicals of being “pornogrified” when it comes to their support of Trump.
“Right-wing political culture, including the institutional Christian right, has been pornogrified,” the article reads. “The Stormy Daniels affair isn’t a shock to that culture; it’s a representation of it. This is the bed conservatives made, so to speak, when they adopted Trump as one of their own, so they shouldn’t be surprised by anyone who turns up in there with them.”
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Gidley said on the Todd Starnes Radio Show that mischaracterizations of evangelicals like those in the article are among the reasons why the Democrats lost in 2016.
He also criticized Hillary Clinton and the Left in general for trying to “deride, mock, and grotesquely characterize” evangelical voters for their support of President Trump, arguing that the tactic will lead to them “being in the minority a lot longer than this president’s term.”
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Gidley said the Democrats have failed to learn from their mistakes of the past election cycle, pointing to the Party’s argument against tax cuts while largely ignoring the middle class.
In response to the “March for Our Lives” march this past weekend, Gidley noted that President Trump wholeheartedly supports both Americans’ right to freedom of speech and the right to bear arms but was critical of the vulgar signs held by children during the march.
Gidley argues that the Left cannot claim the “religious right has lost its way” when Trump has kept promises broken by previous Republican presidents in moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, nominating Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, and supporting a 20-week abortion ban.
He also responded to those worried about Planned Parenthood funding in the omnibus bill, saying that the organization will have to specifically request government funding. He noted that this was “done intentionally.”
“There’s zero funding for that,” he said.
Gidley concluded the discussion by saying the president’s prioritization of the right to life and religious liberty “takes a backseat to nobody.”