Dealing with Trump by James Hitchcock

Editorial

Dealing with Trump

A Comfort Zone for Christians Remains Elusive by James Hitchcock

At the conclusion of my book, Abortion, Religious Freedom, and Catholic Politics, written in the spring of 2016, I finally saw that Donald Trump was likely to win the Republican nomination for president. But I also predicted that he would be defeated by Hillary Clinton, the Republicans might lose control of the Senate, and the Democrats would therefore be able to cement in place a pro-abortion judiciary that would last for decades.

On the other hand, I said, in the unlikely event that Trump should defeat Clinton, he appeared to lack both the knowledge and the will to address pro-life concerns, thereby bringing to a tragic end the courageous pro-life battle that had been waged for over four decades.

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James Hitchcock is Professor emeritus of History at St. Louis University in St. Louis. He and his late wife Helen have four daughters. His most recent book is the two-volume work, The Supreme Court and Religion in American Life (Princeton University Press, 2004). He is a senior editor of Touchstone.

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