LYNCHBURG, Va. (RNS) Two new Trump statements are rocking the campaign trail today: the candidate urged Americans to watch a sex tape of former Miss Universe Alicia Machado and the New York Post unearthed audio of the Donald telling radio host Howard Stern this in 1999:
I have a deal with her. She’s 17 and doing great ― Ivanka. She made me promise, swear to her that I would never date a girl younger than her. So as she grows older, the field is getting very limited.
How will the candidate’s call to watch a sex tape and apparent interest in teenage girls fare with Christian conservatives? The Literalist spoke with Trump’s biggest fan in evangelicalism, Jerry Falwell, Jr.
RNS: Do evangelical leaders support joking about adult men dating teenage girls?
Falwell: Donald Trump will nominate conservative judges to the Supreme Court.
RNS: That’s not an answer to the question.
Falwell: Hillary Clinton is evil incarnate. And a liar. And Benghazi. And the Clinton Foundation. And the emails.
RNS: What about the sex tape? Conservative Christians with any conscience left at all are calling him out. Will you?
Falwell: Supreme Court.
RNS: Excuse me?
Falwell: We can’t lose the Supreme Court.
RNS: Does your questionable belief that Donald Trump will nominate pro-life justices to the Supreme Court really make you incapable of speaking out against his flagrant misogyny, racism, xenophobia and general depravity?
Falwell: Hillary Clinton will nominate abortion doctors to the Supreme Court.
RNS: Evangelicals are increasingly accepting Donald Trump as the GOP nominee. Is there anything Donald Trump could say or do that would ever make you question supporting him?
Falwell: SCOTUS is the only issue.
RNS: What about same-sex marriage? Trump is a big fan.
Falwell: (Long pause) Abortion. Hillary. SCOTUS.