How this week may have earned President Donald Trump a second term

News analysis: Alabama's new abortion law and the House vote on the Equality Act may boost President Donald Trump's chances in the 2020 election.

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  • robin138 springfield, VA
    May 21, 2019 9:30 a.m.

    After reading this article, I had to listen to "Come, Come Ye Saints", William Clayton's classic song of encouragement and raising one's hope while facing great sadness and discouragement.

  • FanOf"ChuckARama" Vernal, UT
    May 21, 2019 3:56 a.m.

    Just remember RNC that he is a big liability.

  • CitizenJ Park City, UT
    May 19, 2019 12:41 a.m.

    "This week's news gives the Republican Party-and particularly those members with a deep religious faith-a stronger rallying cry"

    I submit to the author and Editors the following ideas:
    - People with a "deep religious faith" are not by definition, Republicans. Nor is "deep religious faith" synonymous with conservative perceptions of discriminatory rights against LGBTQ persons. Many who see LGBTQ issues from a more inclusive than traditional perspective do it from their deeply believed, faith based perspective of the nature of God.

    - Deep religious faith can be compatible with an opinion that Roe vs. Wade is a reasonable interpretation of our nation's Constitution; through which we interpret sometimes contradictory human rights in evolving civil context, rather than mandating any specific will of God.

    - "Faith" is not the exclusive attribute or descriptor of the Conservative perspective anymore than the title of "Patriot" or the symbol of the American flag.

    Healing our fractionated nation, regardless of one's perspective must start with the labels we apply to ourselves and our ideological opponents. Are they accurate? Or do they protect and preclude us from reconciling thought?

  • Par Putt Salt Lake City, UT
    May 18, 2019 7:22 p.m.

    I could never vote for a man with no morale character that wouldn’t know the truth if it snuck up and bit him. Nothing but lies come out of his mouth.

  • USU Maddie , 00
    May 18, 2019 4:02 p.m.

    Donald Trump has done everything in his power to destroy the United States and sadly I don't think it's on purpose. He is that unhinged.
    If the Republican Party doesn't want permanent damage they need to distance themselves and soon. I am a conservative person and have voted Republican consistently. I won't do it again and I'm not the only one who feels this way.

  • Sukiyaki Pleasant Grove, UT
    May 18, 2019 2:57 p.m.

    Mitt Romney may yet feel compelled to run against President Trump and he is the better Statesman of the two. There are others such as Mike Lee and Ted Cruz who have the guts to keep the Democrats at bay in our checks and balances system.

    It takes a conservative radical to begin to undue the near irrevocable damage that Democrats and Republicans alike have exacted on the Constitution over the past 50 years. For that reason I believe many will look back on this Presidency and thank Trump for his untiring and uncompromising efforts.

    President Trump will more than likely get my vote regardless of who the Democrats nominate.

  • soosun Lehi, UT
    May 18, 2019 1:48 a.m.

    This is a horrible piece... I’m anti abortion & I have found these newly passed state abortion laws horrible! Zero penalties for the vile unwanted sperm donors! But life for a Dr... ? 11 year olds FORCED to carry a pregnancy because of creepy lack of exceptions for human trafficking, rape & incest! Really? I find this a total corruption of the pro life movement... & in the Law of one of the states this week women would be investigated for miscarriages! Whoever wrote this piece needs a lobotomy! Some of these laws this week showed complete ignorance of human anatomy & physiology... these law writers were as stupid as doorknobs! I listened to them... in one state they wrote into the law that if a woman had an ectopic pregnancy it would have to be cut out & reattached... into the uterus... a Dr commented on the reality that that procedure does not exist! Pure science fiction.. plus those tubal pregnancy’s are never viable... & THEN investigations! Now it’s in the law... I could not make this up if I tried... pure barbaric & backwards. DN ‘s please get competent writers that reflect this weeks reality. a lot of unwanted vile sperm donors got let off the hook this week..vote Trump out

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    May 18, 2019 1:09 a.m.

    Any Republican can nominate conservative judges. Let's pick anyone, ANYONE else other than Trump. The amount of damage and ignorance he is making elsewhere is in no way worth that one thing he can do. And he doesn't just nominate any judges, he picks people with the most extreme views and some who have virtually no qualifications, other than expressing their love for Trump.

    And if the Right wants to win their Culture Wars, they had better stop vilifying anyone who doesn't believe like they do and start developing some empathy. The current strategy only creates enemies and more polarization. You're never going to force anyone to believe like you do (we know where that idea comes from).

  • Stay the Course Salt Lake City, utah
    May 17, 2019 7:20 p.m.

    Please no not another 4 years please

  • New to Utah Provo, UT
    May 17, 2019 7:14 p.m.

    Kelsey Dallas goes out of her way to be fair and balanced. Religious liberty is being eroded at a faster rate than many of us including myself imagined. It’s a culture shift that scares me and my children and grandchildren. In my opinion, The equality act, is anything but seeking equality. Trump wasn’t my first choice but his performance and love for our country is impressive.

  • Jacobiuntherus Salt Lake City, UT
    May 17, 2019 6:50 p.m.

    @Deej:

    LOL, you are dreaming man. This virtually assures President Trump's re-election along with the fact that the Democrats have a herd of candidates that will dilute each other out of the race.

  • Uteofferouus Salt Lake City, UT
    May 17, 2019 6:46 p.m.

    We will need President Trump to continue to nominate conservative judges for the Supreme Court in his second term, so yes, we will support his re-election. Not to mention the great things he has done for our economy! Moreover, he would veto this nonsensical "Equality" bill should it arrive at his desk.

    Thanks President Trump.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    May 17, 2019 4:57 p.m.

    It didn't.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    May 17, 2019 4:39 p.m.

    The Dark Knight,
    "This js almost exactly the opposite of what is being said in every legitimate publication. This reads more like a paid advertisement than journalism."
    ____________________
    Kelsey Dallas makes no pretense to attempting to be balanced or objective. One can tell at a glance when she is lobbing a stink bomb designed to inflame and enrage. She's not naive enough to actually believe Trump may have won a second term this week. I think there is a definite of element of dishonesty in the slants she frequently puts on a story.

    But hey. The name of the game for any columnist is getting your column read.

  • The Dark Knight Salt Lake City, UT
    May 17, 2019 4:00 p.m.

    This js almost exactly the opposite of what is being said in every legitimate publication. This reads more liek a paid advertisement than journalism.

  • ALJS Bountiful, UT
    May 17, 2019 3:17 p.m.

    The headline for this story is pretty disgusting.
    In this family, Trump has only earned our scorn and distrust. He has nearly 10,000 verified lies. He paid off a porn actress and Playboy bunny to keep them quiet. He has friends that "catch and kill' his bad press on occasion. His primary interest is his own fiscal gain. He has financially hurt millions of others. He does not respect the advice of many others including his intelligence experts. He thinks he knows more than they do. He has ignored our allied and embraced our enemies.
    His "instincts" have us on the verge of several wars, and his tariffs can cost consumers, you and me, hundreds and even thousands more per year.
    Trump has definitely not earned re-election. Who came up with that appalling headline?

  • Biscuit , 00
    May 17, 2019 3:17 p.m.

    Its good we got President Trump. He's the only president in a lot of years willing to do the dirty work .Trumps had over two years of hauling out garbage left by previous presidents. Keep it up President Trump.

  • reriding Salt Lake City, UT
    May 17, 2019 2:43 p.m.

    Herbert Gravy,

    Mueller did not work for congress, he worked for DOJ, of the excutive branch of government. If he worked for congress they would have no need to ask for a copy of the report, they would own it. The president has said he would resist any effort of the legislature to obtain testimony or documents from the executive branch. That is resisting congressional oversight, by definition.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    May 17, 2019 1:58 p.m.

    @deej

    Ha ha. What planet are you on?

    President Trump is resisting any kind of congressional oversight?

    Didn't he turn over a million pages of documents to Bob Mueller?

    Didn't his White House lawyer submit himself to many hours of questioning by Mueller's staff?

    Some of us don't seem to be dealing with the facts here.

  • Deej Salt Lake City, UT
    May 17, 2019 1:11 p.m.

    I get that there are different positions on abortion because of differences of opinion on existential questions--when does life begin, for example. On both extremes, you have some who argue a cluster of cells such as a zygote or blastocyst while on the other extreme some might argue that until the child is actually born it isn't a life.

    But I find it extremely myopic to vote this single issue and helping re-elect a man who is destroying the fabric of our society and openly flouting the constitution by resisting any level of congressional oversight. No matter how you feel about abortion, there are many other issues we have to resolve together to keep this country growing and prospering.

    If you haven't had enough, let the tariffs sink in the next time you shop Walmart. Or if you're a soybean farmer. Keep buying into the lies and deceit. The man doesn't even understand how a tariff works

    But you got your SCOTUS justices and Roe v. Wade may very well be overturned. Congrats. You burned down the country to do so. And your legacy is as dross.

  • jeclar2006 Oceanside, CA
    May 17, 2019 1:07 p.m.

    David - Centerville, UT
    ---
    The race to the Left by the Democratic Party has me wondering what is next. In the OT, Daniel was thrown into the lion's den for praying and worshiping God.
    ---

    Please point out where in any current or past legislation there was the creation of lion's dens for the purpose of casting Christians into them.

    I will point out that the various conservatives seemed to be calling for the LGBT community to be cast back in the closet, while no lions, is basically banning them from public.

    And the Alabama law eliminates choices for women, placing them in 'confinement' while pregnant.

    Historical use of the term "confinement"
    --
    Confinement is a traditional term referring to the period of pregnancy when an upper-class, noble, or royal woman would withdraw from society in medieval and tudor times be confined to their rooms with midwives, ladies-in-waiting and female family members only to attend them.[4] This was believed to calm the mother and reduce the risk of premature delivery.
    --

  • jeclar2006 Oceanside, CA
    May 17, 2019 1:01 p.m.

    The article makes it clear, that Trump supporters don't care how immoral, how many lies, how lacking in any real plan for international situations, or no solutions for domestic issues, as long as he eliminates choice for women, as long as he puts the LGBT community back in the closet.

    Nothing else matters.

  • LabansSword Austria, 00
    May 17, 2019 12:59 p.m.

    Less that 4% of the population claims to be LBGT. Many high school and university students aline themselves with being bisexual. Of course that is because its the thing to do these days even though they never were nor will be. So we are talking a very low percentage of the US population. Why so much support for such a small listing of people? It is what we do in this politically correct milieu. However, that small stick delivers a huge wack to religious freedoms because it is underpinned and supported by godless, liberal icons wielding money and leverage who do not want religious conservatives setting the narrative. Repent now, the time is nearer, ya?

  • Flipphone , 00
    May 17, 2019 12:50 p.m.

    All unborn babies deserve the right to be born.

  • Mark from Montana Davis County, UT
    May 17, 2019 12:48 p.m.

    I would like a conservative in the White House. I would like a President that obeys the law of the land, that understands our system of checks and balances, further that truly and fully comprehends what it means to be the Commander in Chief. Unfortunately, I don't believe President Trump is qualified for any of these positions.

    What is most important in a President? I said in 1992 that character was critical and could never support Bill Clinton. I say the same thing today and cannot support Donald Trump for president. He is not 'conservative' instead has some far right beliefs, some pretty liberal ones too. More importantly, he has proven time and again, that he believes in one thing only...enriching himself with money and power. He cares nothing for the law, for the country or it's citizens. He is also, I believe, (how to put this so it gets past the Censors?) he is a 40 watt bulb in a 205 watt world.

    I fear that the damage being done to the Presidency, the nation and our Republic may not be reversible. He lacks everything the two greatest presidents (Lincoln & Washington) had in abundance; honor, respect for others and determination to put the country first.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    May 17, 2019 12:42 p.m.

    The premise for this article is absurd. It is clearly "self-serving" from the perspective of a conservative religion writer. Good grief, when it comes to the topic of religion, how about a little objectivity....

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    May 17, 2019 12:20 p.m.

    Having lived in Asia, Europe, Central and South America and having worked in many other countries, I have seen nations with or without democracy go from freedom to having a dictatorial type Government through various ploys and plots.

    The leaders develop devious methods to get the military to support them, use or take over television and radio media at their convenience and soon declare martial law by hook and crook.

    It is always for the Tyrants benefit. They make up national emergencies to use their power and military to gain control of normal police force functions. The find ways to take away or attempt to take away rifles or guns. The communication systems are used to get supporting information to the people to build up fears. The people in some countries regain control in some cases but become wary due to relatives ending up missing in the meantime.

    Loss of freedoms to the downtrodden in many countries cause distress and people have yearned for freedom. Some of our country’s heroes have said, give me liberty or give me Death.

    Little children can’t exclaim that as they are like pawns.

    I have sympathy for those kids that don’t have a place to turn in their country.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    May 17, 2019 12:14 p.m.

    @RG
    "Umm, no, Trump did not ban all of anyone from entering the country."

    Only because laws and courts and advisors saying "you can't do that" got in his way so they had to go for something more selective.

    He literally said he wanted a ban on Muslims during the campaign including a prepared statement that says "Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on."

    @Utes Fan
    "Medical professionals would be forced to perform sex change procedures against their will. "

    No they aren't. You know why? Because medical professionals don't do procedures that they aren't trained for (outside of perhaps an emergency situation where there's no other option) and if someone doesn't want to do that kind of thing, they aren't going to learn about it.

    And I'm not sure why gun lovers who think that criminals will just break new gun laws anyway think a sign is going to stop a predator from entering a bathroom.

  • tryingtosmile Salt Lake City, UT
    May 17, 2019 12:14 p.m.

    Where are all the people who support Alabama law? Are they fostering the children that are being taken away? Are they fostering the babies that are born so deformed that they will feel nothing but pain the whole time they are alive? Are they going to support money, physical and mentally when a young girl gets raped and is force to carry the baby even whne it will destroy her life. Having to have a hysterectomy by the age 20 because her body is not able to hold the baby.
    Who is going to pay for the babies that are under a pound when born? Who may I ask. When you step between the female and doctor what her body can handle and what it can;t WHO are you to say you know best even if it kills her. Georgia women die 11 percent of the time giving birth or after they have the baby. SO tell me why this is even allowed.

  • JaneB Wilsonville, OR
    May 17, 2019 12:10 p.m.

    dfndroftrth, your viewpoint is uncommon, and for a reason. It ignores real issues. For instance, most American's don't believe in forcing children who are rape victims to give birth to babies. And these instances are not a rarity, either.

    The LDS church has a nuanced position on abortion, which is where a lot of pro-life people are: abortion should be discouraged, but it's up to the people involved to make the best decision possible. That is why abortion must remain an option.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    May 17, 2019 12:05 p.m.

    @kaysvillecougar
    "How is it possible that 42% of Americans oppose protection for religious freedom. How sad."

    Depends highly on wording of the question. If the question just says "should businesses be able to refuse service to a same-sex couple because of religious beliefs" a lot of people like me are going to both say no and also not consider that opposition to protecting religious freedom because religious freedom doesn't mean that anything goes as long as you have a religious reason behind it.

  • Light and Liberty St George, UT
    May 17, 2019 11:47 a.m.

    Daedalus, Stephen - Arvada, CO: The demographic you think that will oust Trump isn't likely to show up to vote. People used to having everything done for them will not change their habits on voting day and suddenly run to the voting booth. The backbone of America will hold, despite those who want to replace Capitalism with Socialism. Americans will not stand idly by while religious liberty is threatened, abortion on demand is viewed as enlightenment, and illegals flood our country, carrying drugs, disrespect, and welfare dependency. Trump absolutely rejects Socialism. That alone puts him in the driver's seat for re-election.

  • kaysvillecougar KAYSVILLE, UT
    May 17, 2019 11:37 a.m.

    This statistic from the article is chilling: "However, the same survey showed that fewer than half of Americans (42%) simultaneously support LGBTQ nondiscrimination and oppose religious freedom protections."

    How is it possible that 42% of Americans oppose protection for religious freedom. How sad. I thought the gay ghestapo would have been a much smaller percentage. Tolerance is only a one way street apparently.

  • dfndroftrth Santa Clara, UT
    May 17, 2019 11:34 a.m.

    kshean...that rarity which would result in a birth would be adopted so quickly it would make your liberal head swim and since most charity is given by Republicans as well as adoptions, one would hope that would be the case. Horrible circumstances for the mother but how do you decide between two innocent lives, wanted or unwanted?

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    May 17, 2019 11:32 a.m.

    "How this week may have earned President Donald Trump a second term"

    Wishful thinking by the DN.

  • birwin Herrmian, UT
    May 17, 2019 11:29 a.m.

    Why does religious freedom require marginalizing swaths of individuals?

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    May 17, 2019 11:29 a.m.

    As a retired Air Force Officer who served in the Army and Air Force as enlisted and worked for ten-years for Defense Threat Reduction Agency working with United Nation Inspectors from 80-countries and for the State of Utah as an Agency Director for ten-years, there are other important issues for our government to survive in a world of threats.

    Moral issues are vital for a nation to exist in many forms.

    We know that no government can exist in peace, except such laws are framed and held inviolate as will secure to each individual the free exercise of conscience, the right and control of property, and the protection of life.

    As a country formed by Judeo-Christian beliefs we also know that governments were instituted of God for the benefit of man; and that he holds men accountable for their acts in relation to them, both in making laws and administering them, for the good and safety of society.

    These relate to protecting our citizens from a variety of threats. As we know from history, even the Israelites, Jewish, and other nations couldn’t live their own beliefs when captured by a non-religious or country that wouldn’t allow the captives to practice their religion openly.

  • tothemoon Centerville, UT
    May 17, 2019 11:19 a.m.

    Here's hoping he loses badly. I get it, paying the highest GDP in the world for healthcare with still terrible outcomes and the average family paying 10k a year on healthcare is heaven to any Republican's ears. But as a fiscal conservative, it will be cheaper than our current system. And yes, we will pay more in taxes but no more deductibles, no more out of pocket, no more medical bankruptcies (which make up about 70% of all bankruptcies) so the vast majority of us will spend less on healthcare.

  • RG Buena Vista, VA
    May 17, 2019 11:18 a.m.

    @ NobodySpecial "Wake me up when Democrats choose a Presidential candidate who has promised to ban all Christians from entering the country."

    Umm, no, Trump did not ban all of anyone from entering the country. If you're referring to the ban from certain Muslim-majority nations, it wasn't because the people were Muslim. It was because those nations are associated with terrorism. By contrast: The nation with the most Muslims in the world is Indonesia. Yep, more Muslims than Saudi Arabia, or Iraq, or Iran, etc. But Indonesia was NOT on Trump's list, and Indonesians were NOT banned from entering the US. Thus proving it was not about religion, but rather about nationality.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    May 17, 2019 11:16 a.m.

    " . . . . religious conservatives just may feel like Trump is their only hope."
    ____________________
    What is the actual condition of religious conservatives in America if they see Donald Trump as their only hope? Just over a century ago, their first muscular champion in the political arena was William Jennings Bryan. He was an evangelical progressive reformer who is often credited with giving the Democratic Party a new vision and the social conscience that would come to redefine the party in the 20th century.

    Donald Trump is no William Jennings Bryan.

    There have been religious conservatives throughout history. The religious conservatives of Jesus’ day were his vocal detractors. Christ, in turn, used withering language describing them as whited sepulchers (RE: Matthew 23). Today’s religious conservative might take stock of themselves. If all that their religious conservatism is doing for them is causing them to suffer from delusions of moral superiority, then it’s not doing anything of real value for them.

  • kshean Charleston, UT
    May 17, 2019 10:56 a.m.

    If Roe v Wade is overturned and even victims of rape and incest are forced to carry a resulting pregnancy to term, which Republicans will be willing to step up to feed, clothe, educate and provide healthcare for that child? I see no Republican policies, and most certainly none emanating from Trump, that are designed to care for either the mother or the child.

  • Utes Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    May 17, 2019 10:13 a.m.

    The Equality Act is an assault on freedom. There are more than just religious issues, although the 1st Amendment hangs by a thread, and therefore, so does the Constitution.

    There is the case of a 5-year old girl being sexually assaulted in a girls bathroom by a male predator who identified as a girl to use the bathroom in Oakhurst Elementary School in Decatur, Georgia. The Equality Act would give male sexual predators who self-identify as females access to private facilities, increasing the likelihood of these tragic incidents. This is, of course, absolutely outrageous, but the Left is far more concerned with their agenda than protecting girls from predators. Common sense be gone, agenda becomes King.

    Medical professionals would be forced to perform sex change procedures against their will. Parents who refuse to support their child's hormone blocking procedure could lose custody. And, of course, the anti-First Amendment nature of the Equality Act.

    The purpose of this is to force an agenda - giving power to punish those that disagree with the Left.

    I don't like Trump at all. But I may have to vote for him to save Freedom.

  • Daedalus, Stephen Arvada, CO
    May 17, 2019 10:13 a.m.

    @markc69: "does the author of this story realize that trumps favorability with Republicans is in the high 90s - he has all the support from the base he needs - and those issue you site as being potential negatives are issues that base supports him on - so try again."

    Indeed.

    If all Trump does between now and November 2020 is solidly his "base" he will simply lack the votes to win the Electoral College again.

    He has largely lost that curious demographic of Americans who voted for Obama in 2012 and Trump in 2016. Also, Americans who are turning 18 years of age before November 2020 who think Trump is a joke far out-number those peers who wear red ballcaps and carry tiki torches. Even voters willing to self-identify as 'Republican' are drying up, leaving behind an alkaline flats of Trump distillate upon which no political party can grow.

    But hey, if "conservatives" want to be as complacent about the 2020 election as they are about the rule of law in the Trump era, go for it.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    May 17, 2019 10:07 a.m.

    " . . . . religious conservatives just may feel like Trump is their only hope."
    ____________________
    If Ms. Dallas is right about that, religious conservatism is sinking close to rock bottom.

  • windsor Logan, UT
    May 17, 2019 10:06 a.m.

    It doesn't need to be Trump.

    If any other morally and intellectually honest Conservative--- who will stand up to Liberals-- wants to throw into the race and try to knock Trump out of it, I'm perfectly willing to vote for them.

  • Desert Dog Layton, UT
    May 17, 2019 9:52 a.m.

    The truth of the matter is if you approve of Trump and his policies he can do no wrong. If you disapprove of Trump he can do no right. The fact is, nothing anyone says will change the others mind. Any middle ground is definitely becoming harder to find.

  • Utefan4Lyf West Jordan, UT
    May 17, 2019 9:50 a.m.

    That has to be the scariest and most disturbing headline I've read all week.

  • zipadeedoodah Lehi, UT
    May 17, 2019 9:43 a.m.

    Another ill-conceived article that picks an issue, tries to paint parties to their liking and draws crazy conclusions. DN can find better editors than these.

    As for Trump, I never voted for him and don't like him as a person, but he has done more for the American people in two years than the past 4 presidents combined.

    Trump will win based on 1) his own merits of what he has accomplished and 2) because the Dem left and media have gone bonkers with liberal schemes and ideas that are nonsense. They think any lie they want to push is true or that, at least, voters will think is true. I think the majority of Americans are wiser than that.

    Trump will easily win in 2020. This time he has my vote too.

  • DonO Draper, UT
    May 17, 2019 9:37 a.m.

    First of all, this "news" story should have been on the editorial page as a plug for Trump.

    How conservatives, Christians or anyone else can support Donald Trump is a mystery. He has proven time and again that he is devoid of morals. He cares nothing for religious freedom unless it somehow benefits his quest for more power. I believe Trump is an amoral narcissist, and I pray for any reasonable, moral human being for whom I can vote in 2020.

  • Aggiefan21 Riverton, UT
    May 17, 2019 9:35 a.m.

    Let's hope so, America as we know it will die if a socialist ever takes power.

  • AndrewJackson New Harmony, UT
    May 17, 2019 9:35 a.m.

    The purpose of the left is not to find solutions or even compromise, but to sow discord and discontent in order to bring chaos to the system and thereby ensure either its collapse or cause sufficient disarray to enable a democratic savior to come in and remake America into a socialist mecca. This is what was used in Poland and Venezuela and other countries to remake them into socialistic States. This is also why the immigration problem has not been solved yet. The left doesn't want it solved, they want to use it as a stepping stone to chaos. Its the Piven doctrine. Unfortunately, too many conservatives and many good Democrats don't see this happening.

  • junkgeek Agua Dulce, TX
    May 17, 2019 9:23 a.m.

    Both the equality bill and the abortion bill will be a disaster for the GOP. They will lead to increased Democratic voter turnout in actual swing states.

  • RiDal Sandy, UT
    May 17, 2019 9:20 a.m.

    Trump has a virtual lock on re-election at this point. But it wasn't really just because of this week.
    It is because the entire Russian-collusion narrative was ultimately proven to be a baseless hoax in which the media, the FBI, and Democrats colluded in an illegal attempt to overturn a legally elected President.
    The Russian collusion hoax;
    The "Catholic boys with MAGA hats" hoax;
    The Jesse Smollet hoax;
    The incredible economy;
    Trump sdtanding up against NoKor, China, and Iran and extracting us from the ridiculous Paris accords....
    And remember how the media was claiming that the Southern border "wasn't really a "crisis"...yet now it is a "humanitarian crisis" !?!
    It is time to start using the "L word".
    Landslide for Trump in 2020!

  • Kings Court Alpine, UT
    May 17, 2019 9:20 a.m.

    I don't agree with this opinion piece. Even far-right conservatives are criticizing these extreme anti-abortion laws where rapists and incestuous family members are rewarded for the fruits of their labor. If anything, these laws are stirring up women to vote Democratic who are afraid that America is turning into a "Handmaid's Tale" society. In fact, these laws coming out of these Southern States are convincing me to vote straight party Democrat, something I've never done before. What is even more shocking is that I used to be a staunch Republican until the party literally went way off the reservation these last couple of years.

  • durwood kirby , 00
    May 17, 2019 9:20 a.m.

    For the life of me I cannot fathom why an electorate would reelect an individual with no taste for truth, education, reality, morality, ethics, or even valid patriotism. If Trump is reelected, this country deserves the result.

  • Bloodhound Provo, UT
    May 17, 2019 9:19 a.m.

    Although I am not highly religious, I do consider myself a Christian with traditional values. I long ago recognized the left doesn't like people like me and would like to force us to either go hide in a closet or disappear. These post-modern liberals see our traditional values as a threat to their goal of completely liberating everyone's libido. This so-called Equality Act is just another attempt to silence us. Right now, all that stands between us and destruction is President Trump. So, yes, I will be voting for him AGAIN next year!

  • JaneB Wilsonville, OR
    May 17, 2019 9:17 a.m.

    Trump won by what? 80,000 votes in three states - the very states where he is faltering right now.

    He has 90% approval with R's, but the party is shrinking under Trump. Only 26% now identify as republicans. (People like me who couldn't remain with Trump as the leader.)

    The new AL abortion laws (and other states) make it much harder for GOP senators in purple states running in 2020. You want to lose the senate R's? Keep passing these ridiculous and extreme abortion laws.

    Generally, Americans don't want to restrict access to abortion. The country is moving more and more pro-life all the time, but these extreme measures are counterproductive.

    Opposition to the Equality Act is nothing more than wanting to be able to continue to discriminate against LGBT. It hasn't got much to do with religious freedom at all.

    The only way Trump is re-elected is if Dems keep talking free college, medicare for all, and an unworkable new green deal. Majority of voting Dems are moderate and don't want higher taxes.

    Please Dems. Get your act together. We need someone to land the plane.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    May 17, 2019 9:05 a.m.

    There is no state that has over 25% support for the Alabama position (banning abortions including those for rape and incest). That's not much of a winning position.

    @David
    ", which booed God during a past nominating convention"

    No they weren't. They were booing party officials for refusing to count up the votes on a close convention vote to remove God from the party platform, in order to have the platform be religiously neutral and thus more open to everyone.

  • Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
    May 17, 2019 8:53 a.m.

    The presumption is that Republicans and Democrats only vote along party lines.
    Donald Trump won the election because many voted against Hillary Clinton.
    With Clinton out of the race this year, how will Trump make up for those lost votes?

    It won't be over the abortion issue, especially as many feel Alabama went too far with no exception for rape and incest. And Donald Trump isn't exactly the "poster boy" for the pro-life movement.

  • CarolinaMan Charlotte, NC
    May 17, 2019 8:43 a.m.

    Less opinion pieces please! Your opinions gets associated with your news organizations and then lead to people with different views completely discounting any reporting you conduct.

    In this case, you’re illustrating the fact the Republican Party has successfully managed to boil their platform down to a few issues including, abortion and taking away (or withholding) rights to the LGBTQ community. Justification of either of those based on “religious views” is precisely the problem with religion and the reason for its decline.

    I realize this is a religious owned newspaper, but if you want your reporting of news and facts to be valued by all, I suggest less opinion pieces.

  • Wasatch Al South Jordan, UT
    May 17, 2019 8:19 a.m.

    This week gives Trump another term? His personal trade wars will increase taxes (tariffs) nearly one thousand dollars for every family. A judge has ordered another part of the Mueller report released showing a white house aide worked closely with the Russians to influence the 2016 election. Farmers are losing out without government handouts.

    Looking to Trump for Christian values is a longgggggg stretch.

  • bamafone Salem, UT
    May 17, 2019 8:18 a.m.

    Very much looking foreword to the next five and a half years with President Trump.

  • There You Go Again St George, UT
    May 17, 2019 8:02 a.m.

    Directly from the piece...

    Religious conservatives just may feel like Trump is their only hope.

    My comment...

    So as long as religious conservatives get their 30 pieces of silver, it's all good selling out to an ethically, morrally and integrity challenged reality show host?

    Fire trump 2020.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    May 17, 2019 7:48 a.m.

    Oh, my. Some of us, including the writer, need to realize that President Trump is not a "one-trick pony" as suggested in this article.

    Just look at his several important accomplishments and the important things he wants to do but cannot get done because of opposition (border security and others) of both Democrats and Republicans

    Looks like another term is "in the bag".

  • NobodySpecial Alpharetta, GA
    May 17, 2019 7:18 a.m.

    Wake me up when Democrats choose a Presidential candidate who has promised to ban all Christians from entering the country.

    The Republican part right now is the single greatest threat to religious freedom we have seen in this country in decades. And there's really no comparison between the two parties.

  • tsobserver Mapleton, UT
    May 17, 2019 7:13 a.m.

    The author writes, "The first development was a clear victory for Republicans. The second will be a clear victory for Democrats."

    And therein lies the problem. Political parties winning or losing is all that matters to politicians. And the American people lose no matter what.

  • Puukko Orem , 00
    May 17, 2019 6:57 a.m.

    President Trump has always had the second term wrapped up. Voters have paid attention to the dems these last two years. Trump 2020

  • MatthewD Oregon City, OR
    May 17, 2019 6:28 a.m.

    Equality and better treatment for our friends in the LGBTQ community is a noble aim but not at the expense of actual fairness for all (including those with deeply held religious beliefs).

    Republicans seek to protect the right to life (what could be more basic and agreeable to all?) and the right to exercise one’s religious beliefs (yes, freedom No. 1 in our esteemed Bill of Rights!) and the public debate is close enough that President Trump seems to be Republicans best chance.

    Trump has stirred enough feathers with his unorthodox style and seemingly apparent indiscretions. But Republicans can see that under the surface of his manifest imperfections (which if we’d all look more closely in the mirror we would see in ourselves on the left and right) he has placed himself in a position to be one of the strongest advocates for religious freedom that we’ve had - and that is why many, who otherwise might not, will vote to re-elect him.

    Why not seek a neutral resolution on equality and protect life? Democrats reveal either a fundamental misunderstanding of religious conviction and life or (2) a general disdain for religion and the sanctity of life.

    I pray for Heaven’s aid.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    May 17, 2019 5:52 a.m.

    It's been the underlying goal all along. There is a segment of the republican party that has proven itself willing to sell out its' values and the nation in order to get to their one goal, abortion. They're so focused on it they'd elect trump as president if that's what it takes to stack up the courts.

  • markc69 keokuk, IA
    May 17, 2019 5:24 a.m.

    does the author of this story realize that trumps favorability with Republicans is in the high 90s - he has all the support from the base he needs - and those issue you site as being potential negatives are issues that base supports him on - so try again

  • Sportsfan123 Herriman, UT
    May 17, 2019 12:37 a.m.

    This article hits the nail right on the head when it says "conservatives do not need to like trump", basically not many do like him. But what they do like, is that he is the true anti liberal, liberals have learned the Saul Alinksy style of nihilism and to ridicule their opponents to push their agenda thanks to obama, trump is just better at it than they are and there is nothing they can do about it and it iritate's them so!

  • Utah_Happyman Orem, UT
    May 16, 2019 11:44 p.m.

    The current POTUS is not fit to deserve a second term. Enough...

  • EmmanuelGoldstein1984 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 16, 2019 11:27 p.m.

    Most Americans support keeping Roe v. Wade as is. And most Americans are not Republican. Furthermore, Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh both stated under oath during their confirmation hearings that they consider Roe "settled law." Thus, it's hard to see how this draconian new law in Alabama will give Trump a second term.

    By the way, "Fairness for All" seems to mean fairness for all except women and non-straights.

  • silo Sandy, UT
    May 16, 2019 11:16 p.m.

    Alabama passed a law that punishes a rape victim getting an abortion and a doctor willing to provide her an abortion more than it punishes the rapist himself.

  • David Centerville, UT
    May 16, 2019 11:03 p.m.

    The race to the Left by the Democratic Party has me wondering what is next. In the OT, Daniel was thrown into the lion's den for praying and worshiping God. It seems the Democratic Party, which booed God during a past nominating convention, the Democratic Party that wants to strip tax exempt status from religions, that uses intolerant, bigoted language towards people of faith, may not be that far from outright persecution of people of faith.

    I did not vote for Trump, and have not liked his style as president. But Democrats have turned me solidly in Trump's camp. Their leftist extremism is absolutely terrifying.