Art Hobson: Praying Trump into office

Pastors make incredible claims about president

Posted: January 31, 2017 at 1 a.m.

Most presidents have chosen just one or two clergy to "pray them into office" -- a strange phrase that's normal usage in many newspapers. Although one preacher seems sufficient, President Trump chose six: A Catholic archbishop, a Jewish rabbi, and four Christian "evangelicals" or biblical literalists who seek to convert others. White evangelicals, who voted 80 to 16 percent for Trump, were crucial to his victory. Trump surrounded himself from the start with evangelicals such as Mike Pence, Ben Carson and Mike Huckabee. Given Trump's iconoclasm, it's not surprising none of his six choices belong to the dominant U.S. faith tradition, namely mainline Protestant, and that three of the evangelicals are, as we shall see, controversial.

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