James Dobson is convinced that Donald Trump is capturing more and more voters on the Christian right, because the presumptive Republican nominee has just recently embraced Jesus Christ as his personal savior. James Dobson is the founder on “Focus on the Family” and is one of the most influential evangelical Christians in the United States. If Donald Trump wants to be truly supported by the most crucial voting block in the Republican field, he’s going to need to have Dobson in his corner.
The description of Trump as a “baby Christian” came after the the candidate met with more than 200 religious leaders in New York this past week. During an interview with another member of the faith after the event, the New York Times reports Dobson knows who led Trump to Christ, but wasn’t willing to name the person. “I don’t know when it was but it has not been long,” Dobson says in a recording of the comments. “I believe he really made a commitment, but he’s a baby Christian.”
Trump has drawn some skepticism during the course of his campaign by those who believe he may be using religion as a kind of prop to garner votes from the evangelical right. The presidential hopeful has even called the Bible his favorite book. Statements like that seem to have made people like Dobson take notice, but for all the wrong reasons. For his part, there isn’t any doubt that The Donald was raised in some kind of church. He had long said he is a Presbyterian, but more than a few people have talked about how he seems to have lapsed in his faith.
This is one of the reasons Trump reportedly had the meeting with the faith leaders last week, in order to try and stave off the talk he isn’t actually a religious person. On the flip side, the New York-based businessman has been claiming Hillary Clinton is the one who doesn’t have a foundation in faith. While James Dobson is willing to vouch for Donald Trump’s newfound faith, he’s also not coming out and saying that he’s the most religious person on the map.
While the Evangelical leader who used to support Ted Cruz in his run for President thinks there are still some things the presumptive nominee needs to learn, he likes what he’s seeing. During the meeting, Dobson reported that Trump used the word “Hell” four or five times. Unlike some people, who might claim they are religious and are clearly using the religious right and the evangelicals in order to get more votes, Dobson is someone who truly believes in his Evangelical roots, even if that has led him to ally himself with people others feel are using him.
The Blaze points out, Evangelicals have become especially important when it comes to Republicans winning office. In 2000, nearly 70 percent of the Republican vote came from Evangelicals such as Dobson. The percentages are even higher since that election, and the number has reached or gotten very close to 80 percent of the voters are Evangelicals. It’s because of these numbers, everyone in the Republican field knows they need to earn the favor of the Religious Right. Dobson is the ticket to getting that voter base locked down before November.
Meeting with the more than 200 religious leaders in the past week is one of the most shrewd moves Donald Trump has made since he kicked off his campaign. Getting James Dobson and the Evangelical wing in his corner is a big bonus.
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