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Why White Evangelicals Voted For Trump

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Courtesy of Kristin Kobes Du Mez
Kristin Kobes Du Mez is a professor at Calvin University and a native Iowan.

In 2016, more than 80 percent of white evangelical Christians voted for President Trump. Author Kristin Kobes Du Mez's new book, "Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation" attempts to understand why.

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Courtesy of Kristin Kobes Du Mez

"Jesus and John Wayne" describes how what it means to be a Christian man manifested through past American presidents, but most notably, manifests in America's current president: Donald Trump.

On today's episode of River to River, host Ben Kieffer speaks with Du Mez about her new book, which explains how President Trump became the "fulfillment, rather than the betrayal" of evangelical values.

Rick Brewer is a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River