‘Trump Aftershock’ Author Stephen E. Strang: How the GOP Won the Midterms
Evangelicals Know Confirming Judges Is Vital; It’s Why They Support President Trump as Senate Prepares to Confirm Hundreds of Young, Conservative Judges
ORLANDO, Fla.—Some conservatives may still be a bit disappointed in the 2018 House midterm losses, but victory is a significant and powerful reality when it comes to the nation’s courts.
Republicans increased their control of the U.S. Senate, which means appointments of conservative jurists will be coming fast and furiously, says Stephen E. Strang, a best-selling author who released his newest book, “Trump Aftershock,” on Election Day.
Shortly after the November election, The New York Times reported that the Republican expansion of the Senate majority means that the “conservative legal movement is poised to expand and entrench its influence over the federal courts, leaving Democrats with dwindling hopes of being able to swiftly diminish that imprint even if they win the White House in 2020.” Keeping that Senate majority intact will only accelerate the “record-breaking pace” of appointing young, outspoken conservative judges over at least the next two years.
Strang says the country’s judiciary is of utmost importance to Evangelical voters, and the knowledge and assurance that President Donald Trump is succeeding in this realm—and can continue to do so—is crucial.
“This was one of the promises Evangelicals were counting on President Trump to keep—and he has,” Strang said. “Smart Christian voters knew that how Trump worked the judicial system during his time in office would have implications for generations to come. This nation’s leadership from the bench has always been important to Evangelicals, albeit not as successful in the past as it has been over the past year. I’ve been publishing stories about Evangelicals for the past four decades, so I know the history well and share some of it in ‘Trump Aftershock.’ Evangelicals have watched without recourse as their customs and religious beliefs have come under assault by the education establishment, the media and, most damaging, the federal courts.
“Supreme Court rulings in the 1960s stripped prayer and Bible reading from the public schools,” Strang continued. “There were no riots, no marches. Instead, believers stood by in silence, fearing there was nothing they could do. But that was only the beginning. The Ten Commandments were forbidden in schools and other public spaces, along with inscriptions, symbols, and the accumulated wisdom of the American patriots that had adorned courthouses and monuments for decades. Today Christian bakers, florists and wedding planners, along with restaurant, hotel and resort owners, are under the constant threat of losing their livelihood, their homes and their freedom for simply abiding by the time-honored principles of their faith. Evangelicals want to make sure these things never happen again, at least while they can do something about it. And this is a major reason why many Evangelicals continue to support President Trump. The midterm election may have been a loss in some respects, but it was a huge win for America’s court system in the minds of the faithful.”
The New York Times also reported that President Trump has already appointed 29 appeals court judges, in additional to the two very important supreme Court appointments. More nominations are pending. In eight years, former president Barack Obama appointed just 48 judges to the regional courts of appeal, with the Senate blocking many of his choices and leaving vacancies for Trump to fill.
“Trump Aftershock” explores the “president’s seismic impact on culture and faith in America” and uncovers unreported facts while objectively helping readers understand what the nation’s most unlikely and unconventional president has accomplished.
Stephen E. Strang is the best‐selling author of “God and Donald Trump,” which was brandished by the president during his appearance at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in 2018. The CEO and founder of Charisma Media, Strang was voted by Time magazine as one of the most influential Evangelicals in America. He has traveled to more than 50 countries, has interviewed four U.S. presidents, and has been featured on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, CBN, Dr. James Dobson’s “Family Talk” and The Daily Caller.
Strang has recorded a ready-to-air Q&A interview with insights such as the above. In it, he answers the most probing questions about his conversations with Donald Trump (Strang has interviewed four U.S. presidents over his career). Click here to see the questions and download the audio files of Strang’s answers, or contact Jeff Tolson at firstname.lastname@example.org for information about airing all or part of the recording on your station.
“Trump Aftershock” is published by FrontLine, an imprint of Charisma House, which has published books that challenge, encourage, teach and equip Christians, including 14 New York Times best-sellers.