Magazine June 11, 2018, Issue

Trump’s Believers

(Roman Genn)
Social conservatives’ support for the president is understandable but may come at a price

In mid May, the Trump administration announced a new policy that would prevent federal family-planning funds from going to Planned Parenthood. (The regulation forbids funding for programs that also perform abortions.) It was only the latest in a series of policies with great appeal to social and religious conservatives.

Only days before, the administration had broken ground on a new embassy to Israel in Jerusalem. Trump has also issued orders to block foreign-aid money from supporting organizations that perform abortions, to reduce the chance that federal policies will infringe religious liberty, and to exclude transgender individuals from military service.

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Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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Books, Arts & Manners


The Week

The Week

Barack Obama signed a contract with Netflix. Now he’ll be working for the media instead of the other way around.

Going Postal

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