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The President Must Mobilize the Evangelical Right in 2019

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Still nearly two years away, some headlines are already pointing to this question: Can Trump win in 2020?

Stephen E. Strang, a best-selling author who released his newest book, Trump Aftershock, says for that second bid to be successful, Trump must mobilize his major support system from 2016 within the Evangelical right.

"What are we to make of all the changes taking place in the world today?" Strang wrote in Trump Aftershock. "We're in the midst of a cultural revolution, and it's no secret that traditional moral values are taking a beating. Looking at the landscape of the past 10 to 20 years and the mounting toll of crimes and crises that fill the daily headlines, it's hard to ignore the feeling that maybe we've gone too far. The culture has drifted way out of bounds and out of control. The hate-filled rhetoric and threats of physical violence coming from the left reveal just how deeply divided we are as a nation—so divided there seems to be little hope of ever reaching agreement on what's to be done about it.

"As I wrote shortly after the publication of my book God and Donald Trump, few people outside the four walls of a church pay much attention to what God is doing in the world," Strang continued. "To them, 'acts of God' are what people call tornadoes and hurricanes. But is it possible God has a plan for this nation? Is it possible He has a plan for His people? In that book, I cited several examples of individuals who felt Trump's election was a sign we were being given a second chance."

Strang has made the case that Donald Trump won the evangelical vote by the largest margin in history because Christians believed he alone had the leadership skills and persistence to reverse the death spiral the nation is in.

"He is not a theologian or even an evangelical," Strang said, "but whenever he has expressed concern about the moral decline in America, he has been lampooned by the media as a hypocrite and a bigot. Meanwhile, men and women on the left are marching in the streets for abortion on demand and celebrating the right to take the life of an unborn child up to the moment of birth. They're glad same-sex marriage was validated by the Supreme Court and that marijuana is being legalized in state after state. And when it comes to old-fashioned morality, the mantra of the secular culture is simply 'anything goes.' This too is a sign of biblical judgment."

But most Americans recognize the problems, the author added.

"You don't need to be religious to perceive that something is wrong with the way the country has been going," Strang said. "Two years into his presidency, many on both sides are still shocked that Trump won the election, but they're impressed by what he has managed to accomplish in such a short time—not only with the economy but in the courts, the culture, foreign policy and the overall sense of well-being. While disappointed Democrats are still raging about the election and doing their best to disrupt his agenda, for many Americans, it feels as if we've been given a reprieve."

Released on Election Day, Trump Aftershock explores the "president's seismic impact on culture and faith in America" and uncovers unreported facts while objectively helping readers understand what the nation's most unlikely and unconventional president has accomplished.

Stephen E. Strang is the best‐selling author of God and Donald Trump, which was brandished by the president during his appearance at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in 2018. The CEO and founder of Charisma Media, Strang was voted by Time magazine as one of the most influential evangelicals in America. He has traveled to more than 50 countries, has interviewed four U.S. presidents and has been featured on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, CBN, Dr. James Dobson's "Family Talk" and The Daily Caller.

Trump Aftershock is published by FrontLine, an imprint of Charisma House, which has published books that challenge, encourage, teach and equip Christians, including 14 New York Times' best-sellers.


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