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How does American Christianity reconcile with Trump's views?

How does American Christianity reconcile with Trump’s views?

“They reason very effectively. They want to organize many things. At that time, it was still about abortion, of course. They wanted a pro-life president, a better position for Israel and a stronger economy. Trump delivered that,” says van den Brink. of NOS with tomorrow’s view. “A lot of those Christians say: He might be a strange man. But we didn’t elect a Sunday school teacher, but a president. He had to deliver, and he did.”

Capital Storm

Van den Brink before and after the storming of the Capitol on January 6, 2021. Van den Brink says that day changed the perception of what American Christians did. “I really thought it was a different era with Trump compared to then. They said: Everything he did was not good. But that’s not what they said: He should go, he shouldn’t come back.”

According to Van den Brink, most Christians are now looking forward to another Republican candidate. “With the same politics as Trump. But if he does it again, we’ll vote for him again.”

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In one episode, Van den Brink travels to the state of Michigan, where he meets Ed McBroom, a Republican senator who is accused of rigging the election. “I think he’s really trying to do the right thing. He started the investigation because there was a lot of unease about the election. He took people’s concerns very seriously and started investigating it. Conclusion: A lot went wrong, but even if everything had gone right, Biden would have won.”

“To his surprise, he finds that people from his environment, who he thought were friends, actually turn away from him and say, ‘You’re going to hell,'” says van den Brink. “Some of those supporters don’t really want to know what’s going on.”

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Conspiracy theories

For the documentary, van den Brink also spoke to conspiracy theorists in the state of Montana. They were also in Capital Storm. “One person says: We were in the Capitol and Trump told us to walk in quietly. We walked in quietly. We didn’t see all the riots you saw. The man also denied that anything happened quietly.” The presenter explains. . “But later at the same place I met someone who was there. He said: I actually saw the riots. They have also been arrested now.”

Van den Brink called it ‘planned’ in a conversation with a conspiracy theorist. “I told him I was vaccinated before that. Then something snapped in him. He thought I was a good guest until then. It was very friendly too. But from that moment on he thought. A ‘liberal’ in the end this guy was not good either, and suddenly I was programmed.”

He continued to talk to the man. “I kind of clicked with this guy, Rich Lewis, a hillbilly. I thought that was interesting. We have a big black image of those conspiracy theorists, and that’s right. But they’re just people, too, and you can talk. And hopefully if more people talk to them, things can change. .”

In discussion

“Because people in the Netherlands need it, I try to portray who those people are. Who are those people? How do they think, what is their world like, so I can go with a raised finger, but it won. Don’t do yourself any favors.”

“On the other hand, you’re trying to explain how people think in the Netherlands and gauge their reaction. I think that’s a good thing to do.”

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The three-part documentary ‘God, Jesus, Trump!’ Seen on NPO2 on October 24, 25 and 26.