Trump Is Losing The Catholic Vote
President Trump and the Presumptive Democratic Nominee Joe Biden are in a statistical tie in the race for President. While Trump is doing better than Biden with Latinos he is not doing so well with others. One demographic that helped Trump win in 2016 seems to now be slowly slipping away from him. Trump is losing his grip on the Catholic vote.
If you're wondering why it's important that Trump's support among white Catholics is slipping: it's a key constituency for him in the Rust Belt — but one whose support for Trump has wavered throughout his presidency.
There was already concern last year: https://t.co/aVvWlQCnf9
— Jack Jenkins (@jackmjenkins) June 5, 2020
It is important to note that Trump has never had a full grip on the Catholic vote and has been losing them since his presidency began. One belief is that his back and forth insults with Pope Francis probably impacted a lot of Catholic’s view of the man they voted for. Pope Francis went on record in 2016 saying of Trump, “I’d just say that this man is not Christian if he said it in this way.”
The Pope went on to say, “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian.” Trump blasted the Pope in return saying, “If and when the Vatican is attacked by ISIS, which as everyone knows is ISIS’s ultimate trophy, I can promise you that the Pope would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been President because this would not have happened.”
According to a 2019 article by Religious News Service Trump won 52 percent of the Catholic vote in 2016. When asked about why he thought Catholics went from Obama in 2008 and 2012 to Trump in 2016, Steven Krueger, president of the group Catholic Democrats said, The nature of the Catholic sensibility – based in both faith and reason – is such that does not lend itself to being ideological and rather lends itself to being persuadable.”
One issue that may be to blame for Trump’s slipping hold on Catholics is immigration. For many religious voters putting kids in cages is a troubling issue. Trump is also losing support among seniors which could also impede his reelection.
It will be interesting to see if the Catholic faithful swing again.