Why Christians Should Welcome Trump’s Impeachment
Impeachment is on the table yet again. President Trump asked Ukraine to work with his private attorney to find dirt on Joe Biden, his likely opponent in 2020. That much is clear from the White House’s own document detailing President Trump’s conversation with the President of Ukraine. This is impeachable. Christians should be among the first to support Trump’s impeachment for one main reason: Mike Pence.
As far as Christians are concerned, having Pence in the White House instead of Trump would be advantageous for two reasons.
First, having Pence as commander in chief heading into November of 2020 would remove the moral dilemma Christians face as they choose between an individual who regularly tramples their own moral values in his personal conduct or a party almost entirely opposed to Christian views. Pence is substantially identical to Trump on issues of public policy. A Pence administration would offer the same policy Christians like while leaving the moral dilemma about Trump’s own character at the door.
Secondly, while there are political complaints to be made about Pence, he is infinitely more palatable to Never-Trump conservatives as well as political moderates. Trump is losing miserably in the polls. Pence might have a fighting chance. Fighting to the bitter end for Trump right now is political seppuku. As far as electability goes, Pence only offers potential improvement with no foreseeable drawbacks in the 2020 election.
Christians could hope and pray that the polls are misleading. It would not be the first time. However, they should bear in mind that Trump lost the popular vote and only narrowly beat one of the most unelectable Democratic candidates imaginable in key swing states. If Democrats roll out a candidate for which there is even a small amount of enthusiasm in their base, the polls will likely prove to be accurate and Christians will be stuck with re-energized Democratic dominance for 4 – 8 years.
This is not an endorsement of Pence as a human or as a candidate. It is just an observation that Pence can bring to the table everything Christians like about Trump while avoiding Trump’s moral and political baggage.
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K. William Huitt
K. William Huitt is currently an M.A. student in Western Michigan University’s philosophy program. He graduated from Hillsdale College in 2019 with a B.A. in philosophy and a minor in history. He has spoken at various Christian apologetics events and writes regularly about religious and political issues.