Evangelicals are looking past their religious values in this presidential election and are instead "voting as Americans," Jerry Falwell Jr. said this week.
Speaking with The Washington Post
, Falwell said social issues are being replaced by things like national security and the economy in the eyes of the voting bloc he represents.
"If you look at the polls of evangelicals, in years past, in past elections, the issues that they thought were most important were the social issues," Falwell told the Post. "Now with all the turmoil in the world, when you look at the list of what evangelicals think is important, there's no difference between them and other conservatives and even blue-collar Democrats.
"The social issues come at the bottom of the list after saving our country. After securing our borders. After stopping terrorism. After … getting the debt under control and saving our economy."
Falwell announced his support
for Republican Donald Trump for president in January.
"And so, evangelicals and Christians, they're voting as Americans this time. And maybe in the future when things aren't so chaotic, maybe they will vote more on the social issues again. But it's a different day. We've got to save the country first, and we'll fight about all those other things later."
In December after the San Bernardino terror attack, Falwell said
, "I always thought that if more good people had concealed-carry permits, then we could end those Muslims before they walk in and kill."
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