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Since Donald Trump’s decision to run for president was announced, John Fea has been at the forefront of critiquing Trump’s evangelical supporters. Fea’s work has appeared in numerous publications across the United States, and he has been a strong, consistent voice in challenging the status quo of evangelical politics.


August 13th, 2019 — C-SPAN2 – BookTV
John Fea interviews Ben Howe, author of The Immoral Majority

The Problem is not with the vessel per se, the problem is those that supported Donald Trump have responded to this idea of God’s work—Trump being a vessel—with certainty that they know the plan of God.”


July 8th, 2018 — C-SPAN – Washington Journal
John Fea on Evangelicals and Donald Trump

“As an evangelical Christian, I see myself as the 19%, 20% of white evangelicals who didn’t support Donald Trump in the election, and I continue to think he is not only that for our country, but also bad for the church.

July 6th, 2018 — National Public Radio (NPR)
Supreme Court’s Religious Makeup Evolves As Members Change

“Fea says unlike Catholicism and Judaism, which both have a long intellectual tradition, American evangelicalism has been more practical in focus.”

June 28th, 2018 — Lancaster Online
John Fea’s book discusses evangelicals’ embrace of Trump [Q&A]

“Whenever in American history that sense of being chosen, of exceptionalism, is challenged, American evangelicals have always responded with a backlash.”

June 28th, 2018 — WITF 89.5, 93.3- Smart Talk, Harrisburg, PA
Evangelical Support of Trump

“Many question how devout Christians can fall in line behind Trump, considering he has been married three times, been accused of having multiple extramarital affairs, has been documented to not always tell the truth, and labeled as racist and xenophobic.

May 15th, 2018 — Eerdmans Author Interviews
John Fea on Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump

“I’m not willing to let ‘evangelical’ go to the politician.”

April 18th, 2018 — Religion Dispatches
Fear, Nostalgia and Power Drove Evangelicals to Trump: Interview with Evangelical Scholar John Fea

“Trump has learned to speak this political language with fluency, and so was able to convince a strong majority of white evangelicals that he would deliver on these issues.”

April 11th, 2018 — Publishers Weekly
An Anti-Trumper Evangelical Weighs in on Trump’s True Believers

“I hope [my book] gets into the hands of evangelicals who want to think more deeply about how to be a faithful witness in the public square”

July 30th, 2017 — History News Network
What the Trump Presidency Reveals about American Christianity and Evangelicalism: An Interview with John Fea

“Trump and his speechwriters know how to appeal to a certain kind of evangelical who is fearful of the decline of Christian culture in America.”


September 27th, 2019  — Washington Post
How evangelical leaders surrounded Clinton during the last presidential impeachment process

“He knew he needed people in his life to hold him accountable and provide counsel as he worked toward the restoration of his fractured relationships and through the consequences of his deceit.”


August 16th, 2019  — Washington Post
Netflix released a new documentary on the secretive religious group ‘The Family.’ Despite its flaws, it’s a must see

“Many viewers will inevitably equate the Family with American evangelicalism. And who would blame them if they did?”


August 7th, 2019  — Washington Post
Imagine if the Christian Right started offering mere ‘thoughts and prayers’ to end abortion

“Why take the fight for the dignity of human life to the public square when you can just ask God to send another Great Awakening?”


May 17th, 2019  — Religion News Service Syndication
Why a $45 Trump Prayer Coin is No Joke

“Many charismatic Christians — and other evangelicals — view Trump as a new King Cyrus, an unbeliever God will use to deliver them from the secular forces trying to undermine America’s status as a Christian nation.”


April 5th, 2019  — Washington Post
Why Do White Evangelicals Still Staunchly Support Donald Trump?

“The Christian right’s ability to convince white evangelicals that only political power can bring about meaningful change makes it one of the most important political movements in post-World War II America.”


July 8th, 2018 — USA Today
White evangelicals fear the future and yearn for the past. Of course Trump is their hero

“Evangelical support for Trump goes much deeper than simply a few Supreme Court justices.”

June 29th, 2018 — History News Network
Why is Christian America Supporting Donald Trump?

“The more someone believed the United States is—and should be—a Christian nation, the more likely they were to vote for Trump.”

June 24th, 2018 — The Atlantic
Evangelical Fear Elected Trump

“White conservative evangelicals in America are anxious people. I know because I am one.”

May 15th, 2018 — Religion News Service
Is Jerusalem Embassy Part of God’s Grand Plan? Why Some Evangelicals Love Israel

“We can say with certainty that United States policy in the Middle East is now heavily influenced by dispensational theology.”

March 26th, 2018 — Washington Post
How Evangelical Support of Trump Helped Bring Pornography into the Mainstream

“Trump supporters — I call them the ‘court evangelicals’ because they model the flatterers at the courts of Renaissance-era kings — have been relatively silent in the wake of the Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal allegations.”

September 13th, 2017 — The Panorama
The Discipline of the History Professor in the Age of Trump

“I have been teaching Bacon’s Rebellion (1676) for twenty years, but I have never seen a classroom so engaged as this one.”

July 17th, 2017 — Washington Post
Trump Threatens to Change the Course of American Christianity

“If you want to understand white evangelicalism in the age of Trump, you need to know Robert Jeffress.”

July 7th, 2017 — Religion News Service (RNS)
Kentucky’s Shrewd Move to Promote a Christian Nationalist Agenda

“HB 128 is a subtle and shrewd attempt by the Kentucky government to promote a Christian nationalist agenda. . . .”

May 12th, 2017 — Religion News Service (RNS)
The Evangelical Courtiers Who Kneel Before the President’s Feet

“We can debate whether to call Donald Trump’s circle of advisers a court, but the president of the United States certainly has his fair share of courtiers.”

March 22nd, 2017 — Times Higher Education (THE)
Trump’s Attack on the Humanities Threatens the US’ National Identity

“Trump prefers spending more money on fighter jets than he does on research that might bring peaceful and humane solutions to global problems.”

March 7th, 2017 — Penn Live
The Press was Way More Political in Jefferson’s Day–But He Defended It Anyway

What Trump didn’t note was that despite his agitation with the press, Jefferson defended a much more biased press as a necessary part of free speech.

February 21st, 2017 — Religion News Service (RNS)
Evangelicals Can No Longer Speak as One Voice

“Seventy-six percent of . . .  white evangelicals supported President Trump’s recent executive order temporarily banning travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations.”

January 26th, 2017 — Religion News Service (RNS)
Where are the Trump Evangelicals Now?

“Why don’t I hear a massive chorus of evangelical Christians—especially the 81 percent of Christians who voted for Trump—calling the POTUS to task?”

November 10th, 2016 — Religion News Service (RNS)
What Encourages Me About This Election

“I am upset by the results of the election and I am particularly saddened that 81 percent of white American evangelicals got into bed with a monster. . . .”

November 7th, 2016 — Penn Live
Here’s What Hillary Clinton has to do to Win Over Evangelicals

“What would it take for the majority of white evangelical Christians to vote for Hillary Clinton?”

August 3rd, 2016 — Christianity Today
In a Trump v. Clinton Election, Should Character Matter?

“Our views on the role of government . . . plays a significant role in the priority we give character when judging candidates.”

May 8th, 2016 — Religion News Service (RNS)
In Supporting Trump, Evangelicals are Reaping What They’ve Sown

“Is there something inherent within American evangelicalism, as it has developed over the decades, that has led so many born-again Christians to vote for Trump?”

April 29th, 2016 — Religion News Service (RNS)
Why Trump’s Rise Does Not Spell the End for the Christian Right

“Evangelical conservative voters who affiliate with the agenda of the Christian right believe they can support Trump without sacrificing any of their moral convictions. . . . ”

March 24th, 2016 — Penn Live
How Thomas Jefferson Predicted Donald Trump

“In the end, thanks to some backroom politics that Jackson supporters would later call “The Corrupt Bargain,” the House elected Adams President on February 9, 1825.”

February 16th, 2016 — USA Today
Evangelicals are the Prize in S.C.

“In the end, thanks to some backroom politics that Jackson supporters would later call ‘The Corrupt Bargain,’ the House elected Adams President on February 9, 1825.”