A public lecture video by the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS). This lecture was held on March 15, 2017. The speaker was David Hempton, Dean of the Faculty of Divinity, Harvard University.
Donald Trump won the U.S. Presidential election for many reasons: his mastery of simple narratives and the media; the vagaries of the country’s electoral system; voters’ desire for change; and the perceived weaknesses of his Democratic opponent. He also won because Christian evangelicals—so-called ‘values voters’—voted overwhelmingly for Trump despite his apparent lack of fidelity to Christian principles. How was this possible? David N. Hempton, Dean of Harvard Divinity School and an award-winning historian of evangelical Christian movements, explores the ways that cultural identity, politics, and religion interacted to produce one of the most stunning electoral results in American history and what it means for the future.