Of course, Jason, I had to reply.
Here is the opening paragraphs to an article at Realclearpolitics, at the subsection, Realclearrelgion, by W. David Montgomery a retired teacher and consultant, also a catholic.
Date: April 25, 2018
“How can practicing Catholics and evangelical Protestants support a president as immoral as Donald Trump?”
This question assumes that it is morally or intellectually inconsistent to do so — an argument that has been advanced in publications as ideologically distant as the National Review and the Atlantic.
But are Christians who support Trump inconsistent or guilty of fundamental moral errors?
To many conservative Christians, such as myself, Donald Trump offered the hope of making right what they saw as going horribly wrong in our country. Alternative candidates stood for policies that would make things worse and were beset with deep character flaws of their own.
Candidate Trump was unabashedly pro-life and willing to defend religious freedom. He stood for a stronger national defense after eight years of appeasement and neglect. He understood and stated clearly that Western Civilization is under attack from Islamic militants. He supported Israel unreservedly. He saw how excessive taxation and regulation combined to give us the worst recovery from a recession on record.
That is not to say that all Trump supporters support all of Trump’s policies. I, for one, believe the president is wrong to promote the myth that immigration and imports kill jobs and hurt Americans. No candidate has a perfect policy platform.
To be sure, Trump’s rhetoric and personal behavior — his denunciations of Hispanics, tasteless remarks about women and sex, and marital infidelities — were negatives for many of us who voted for him. But, though sometimes excessive or offensive, his brash style was effective because it showed that he understood the feelings of those alienated from mainstream politics — those who felt left behind economically and angry at a federal government that was intruding into their lives, schools that were teaching their children things they did not believe, and celebrities, the media, and mainstream politicians who ridiculed them.
In short, despite efforts to caricature him, President Trump presents a complex picture of sound and unsound policies and personal virtues and vices. Conservatives Christians felt (and continue to feel) that, on balance, the sound policies outweigh the unsound, making the vices worth putting up with — especially given the alternatives. (end excerpt)
I am glad you have finally gotten beyond “How could Evangelicals Vote for Trump?” It was because Hillary called them deplorable, and would work against any views they had. Would you have voted for any candidate that called you and your ideas deplorable? Yet, I have seen so much condemnation for that vote. Such was ridiculous on the face of it.
Now, it is “How can Evangelicals Continue to Support Trump?” Always this judgment.
But this fellow answers calmly and cogently for conservative. Sorry I don’t know how to make a link to the whole article.