KENOSHA, Wis. — Jill Gilmore is one of those voters who have confounded both Democrats and Never Trump Republicans the most. She is a college-educated, gun-owning female conservative Republican who voted for Donald Trump. But here’s the real kicker: She is also a devout Evangelical Christian.
“In the list of what is most important to myself and my family, faith is always first,” said the striking 34-year-old mother of seven, small business owner, and community volunteer who says she and her husband teach their children daily that behavior and respect towards others is not an option, but a requirement.
Contrast the Gilmore Golden Rule with her vote for Donald Trump — who is accused of an affair with a porn star, and who does not have a reputation for politeness and respect for others — and her decision stuns the sensibilities of both his resisters and experts.
From their perch they see a moral conflict, but she sees her support for Trump as a pragmatic, not ideological, decision. This was a calculation made by millions of religious conservatives, a cadre my co-author Brad Todd and I call the “King Cyrus Conservatives” in The Great Revolt.
Gilmore sees that calculation as paying off, especially now.
“I don't agree with President Trump’s morality. But that doesn't make him a good or a bad president,” she says. “I couldn't agree more with what he's done since he has been in office.” Gilmore listed tax reform, job creation, decreased regulations, talks with North Korea, and his Supreme Court pick of Neil Gorsuch among other acts.
“He's moved this country forward, he's kept his promises that he made on the campaign. I am much more pleased with him than I thought I would be,” she said.
Gilmore was in particularly thrilled with last week’s Supreme Court 7-2 decision written by Justice Anthony Kennedy where the court ruled in favor of Jack Phillips, a Colorado baker and owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, stating that tolerance goes both ways, and that he could not be could be forced by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission to design a cake for a ce