Eric Metaxas, author of the New York Times bestseller Bonhoeffer, is voting for Trump. Not only is he voting for him, he admonishes voters who care about America and “the rest of the world” to take this election very seriously. With minimal reading between the lines, one can conclude Metaxas thinks taking the election seriously would mean voting for Trump.
Metaxas sat down with The Daily Caller at the Republican National Convention on Monday to talk about his new book, If You Can Keep It, the trajectory of America and Donald Trump. “We’re at a point, a crisis point in America right now,” he says toward the beginning of the interview.
Now, don’t get him wrong. Metaxas doesn’t think of Trump as a modern-day George Washington, a “great man of virtue” or someone who could “save America.” But, Trump could “pull us back five feet” from the brink of losing our core, fundamental identity as America, thereby becoming “America in name only.”
“America exists as a beacon of liberty to the whole world,” Metaxas explains. Something he feels we’ve lost sight of in the last 40 years especially. Metaxas sees that a Trump election would buy us some time, so to speak, to get our act together and decide to go back to the principles of the founding fathers. However, “If Hilary Clinton is elected, I do not believe we will get a second chance.”
While Metaxas doesn’t believe you have to totally agree with Trump or even like voting for him, “you better be sure that you understand what a Hillary Clinton presidency brings.”
In other words, there is a bit of a “question mark” with Trump, but this is better than what we know Hillary Clinton will do. There are two things Metaxas believes firmly about Trump: “I really do believe he cares about the country. I believe he will appoint judges that are constitutionalists.”
When asked about the accusations of Trump being a misogynist, a narcissist and a racist, Metaxas addressed the racist comment by saying, “If I thought he was an actual racist, I’d be the first one screaming about it.” He went on to give an example of a time when Trump was called a racist and reviewed what he actually said in that instance.
In the interview, Metaxas also addressed allegations against Trump’s character by saying, “We’re not talking about sexual ethics, we’re not talking about being a narcissist or being humble. We’re talking about something really fundamental.” The fundamental virtues Trump possesses, according to Metaxas, is that he loves America and isn’t looking to “line his pockets” by being president.
Metaxas joins his voice with other evangelical leaders like Dr. James Dobson, Jerry Falwell Jr. and Robert Jeffress who back Trump for similar reasons: Trump seems to be better than the alternative, and no one is perfect.