There are a bunch of reasons so many white evangelicals love Donald Trump — he gives them the lip service they crave, he plays into their persecution complex, he has no problem nominating unqualified right-wing judges to lifetime appointments on the federal bench, he embraces his ignorance, he assumes everyone is out to get him even when he’s the persecutor, and he avoids responsibility despite being the main problem.
He is one of them — and Jesus has nothing to do with it.
But Eastern Illinois University Professor Ryan P. Burge can now add another item to the list. In fact, it’s arguably a major factor in why white evangelicals embrace Trump no matter what.
Simply put: They hate (non-white) immigrants as much as he does.