Some evangelicals are increasingly upset about Trump’s regular use of “goddamn” but Jerry Falwell isn’t one of them.
“We all wish he would be a little more careful with his language, but it’s not anything that’s a deal breaker, and it’s not something we’re going to get morally indignant about,” said Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr., one of Trump’s earliest supporters among religious leaders.
Trump’s indelicate language has frustrated religious fans who have otherwise been staunch supporters of his agenda. They agree with his social policies, praise his appointment of conservative judges and extol his commitment to Israel — often tolerating Trump’s character flaws for the continued advancement of all three.
But when it comes to “using the Lord’s name in vain,” as 2016 Trump voter Paul Hardesty put it, “the president’s evangelical base might be far less forgiving.”