That they held their noses and voted, hoping that he would advance their political priorities and achieve their goals.
But beneath all of this there is another explanation. One that is more raw and basic.
Evangelicals have not supported Mr Trump even though he is who he is. They supported him because he is and because they are. He is their protector, the tyrant on their side, the one who provided security amid fears that their country as they know it and their place in it is rapidly changing. White heterosexual couples with regular church attendants are no longer mainstream in America. An entire way of life in which their values prevailed could be threatened with extinction. And Mr. Trump offered to bring them back to power like they hadn’t been in power all along.
“You’re only ever a generation away from losing Christianity,” said Micah Schouten, who was born and raised at the Sioux Center, recalling something a former pastor said. “If you don’t teach your kids, it ends. It stops right there.”
Ultimately, Mr. Trump realized something, said Lisa Burg, a longtime resident of nearby Orange City. It’s one reason she thinks people will still support him in November.
“The one group of people that people believed could mock, ridicule and lay down had become a Christian. Only the middle-class, Central American Christians, ”said Ms. Burg. “That was the only group that could still be completely crushed and described as unfortunate. And he realized that. You know what? Yes, it’s okay that we have our values too. I think people ended up saying, “Yeah, we finally have someone who is willing to say that we are not bad, we have to have a voice too.”
Jason Mulder, who runs a small design company at the Sioux Center, said, “I feel like I’m on the coast, in some cities and all, they look down on us in rural America. You know we’re a bunch of hicks and don’t know anything. They don’t understand us the way we don’t understand them. So we don’t want them to tell us how to live our lives. ”
He added, “You’re kidding we don’t get it, well, you don’t understand either. We don’t speak the same language.”