Before 1988, evangelicals voted more on moral grounds than as a partisan bloc. Then came the charismatic Pat Robertson. Through his work on the Christian Broadcasting Network and his campaign to succeed Ronald Reagan as the GOP standard bearer, Robertson helped push evangelicals firmly into the Republican camp -- so much so that when twice-divorced Donald Trump ran in 2016, he had their solid support.
Even though he lost, Robertson and CBN helped remake the media landscape, showing the way for a right-wing media (aka Fox News) that blamed everything bad on the liberals.
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