Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin once said that God, not people, elect U.S. presidents. But as Palin’s former spokeswoman Pam Pryor knows, sometimes God needs a little help.
That’s why the Trump campaign announced today that it has hired Pryor to lead its faith and Christian outreach effort. According to the Trump aide Alan Cobb, she will oversee communications, social media, events, and other efforts aimed at attracting religious voters. Pryor’s resume includes positions with many conservative and Christian heavy-hitters, but with Trump, she has her work cut out for her.
Typically, a religious outreach director for the Republican presidential nominee has a fairly easy job. In past elections, evangelical Protestants and Mormons have been a shoo-in. Conservative Catholics have often supported Republican candidates, as have some of their more progressive counterparts. All that staffer has had to do is host a few events and slip some religiously coded language into the candidate’s speeches and the job is done.
But Trump is turning out to be a little more complicated nominee when it comes to religious voters.