Iowa votes tomorrow, and Donald Trump spent the weekend getting some last minute pandering in to solidify what the Des Moines Register showed as being a narrow lead heading into the caucuses.
Criticizing the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision, Trump suggested that he, as president, would appoint Supreme Court justices who would overturn the ruling.
As Trump said, quoted by Politico, “It has been ruled upon. It has been there. If I’m elected I would be very strong in putting certain judges on the bench that maybe could change thing, but they have a long way to go…I disagree with the court in that it should have been a states’ rights issue.”
Trump has been married three times. He has never had any problem reconciling this fact with his stated support for “traditional” marriage. Perhaps because the Bible includes plenty of instances in which one man marries more than one woman.
Not that it matters. Donald Trump may be transparently irreligious, but between this and his op-ed rejecting the premise of a right to privacy, he’s now at least as far to the right as culture-warrior-in-chief Ted Cruz. We can point and laugh all we want about how silly Evangelical voters are for thinking that Trump is or could ever be one of them, but at the end of the day there is absolutely no space between them on matters of public policy.
The man has no principles, but as long as his self-interest lines up with the conservative Christians, it appears as though conservative Christians will take it.
That wasn’t all Trump had up his sleeve by way of desperate last-minute pitches to Iowa voters. Trump also said that after the campaign, and perhaps his presidency, was over, he would “buy a farm and settle down” in Iowa. That is, of course, provided that he wins the caucuses (not kidding — he really did make his retirement to Iowa contingent on winning the state).