Court evangelical extraordinaire Ralph Reed talks with The Atlantic‘s Emma Green about how he responded to the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape and his larger support of Donald Trump. This is a really revealing interview. It shows that for Ralph Reed, the pursuit of raw political power always trumps morality in politics. Reed talks about how he successfully convinced some on Trump’s evangelical advisory committee to stick with him after the videotape. Reed is in the business of executing the Christian Right political playbook I wrote about in Believe Me.
By the way, I am sure that Paula White, Jerry Falwell Jr., Robert Jeffress, Johnnie Moore, and many other court evangelicals also believe that they are solely responsible for the Trump-evangelical relationship.
We have been talking about Reed a lot in our “A History of Evangelicals and Politics” podcast episodes. In next week’s episode of our podcast, we talk about Reed’s trashing of John McCain in the 2000 South Carolina GOP primary.