Matt Kaufman Formerly of Focus on the Family on Why Evangelicals Should Dump Trump

Matt Kaufman worked for James Dobson’s Focus on the Family. Recently at The Bulwark, which is run by Charlie Sykes and Bill Kristol, he penned an essay explaining why Christians need to dump Trump. After the article he was interviewed on Lincoln Project TV.

“You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change direction overnight.”

Jim Rohn 

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

1 Peter 5:8-9 NIV

Matt Kaufman is an independent writer living in Illinois. This graduate of Urbana-Champagne worked for Focus on the Family in Colorado Springs. Recently he wrote an article at The Bulwark in which he made the argument on why evangelicals should dump Trump. Look at part of the piece below. 

“I spent nearly three decades with social-conservative organizations, the lion’s share at one of the most prominent evangelical groups—Focus on the Family, founded by James Dobson. As a writer and sometime-editor, I worked for Focus for more than 20 years, first as a staffer (1997-2003), then as a regular contractor. Although most of what Focus does isn’t political, what I did was: I worked for the public-policy department, mainly for its magazine, Citizen (canceled in late 2018).

So yes, I’m a conservative Christian, albeit not an evangelical like most of my former colleagues. (I’m a Missouri Synod Lutheran—different theology, but similar views on many social issues.) Yes, I strongly support pro-life, pro-religious liberty causes. Yes, the Trump administration has done some things to help those causes—appointed some judges, taken some positions in court, enacted some executive-branch policies.

But no, I don’t support Donald Trump. Never have, never will. The price is far, far too high.

The reasons why—well, where to start? More than that, where to stop? Because with Trump, it never stops. The torrential lying and gaslighting. The pathological narcissism. The pettiness, bullying, and cruelty. The Twitter tantrums and schoolyard name-calling. The corruption and abuse of public power for private interests. The assaults on institutions and standards across government and culture. The admiration and emulation of dictators. The derogation of public servants, statesmen, and heroes. The elevation of cranks, crooks, and clowns. The bizarre rants and conspiracy-mongering. The shameless appeals to the ugliest instincts. The blatant racism. The staggering ineptitude. The sheer stupidity. The . . . okay, you get the point.”

I would encourage you to read the article in full. Go to, “Why Christians Should Dump Trump.” Matt article made a splash this week. The Lincoln Project had him on their television show on YouTube last night. This blog post inserted the television show and you can hear Matt Kaufman discuss his article and the relationship between evangelicals and Donald Trump. Its a good read and the discussion is a good listen. Also later in the show former evangelicals talk about how Trump led to them rejecting or walking away from evangelicalism. 

One thought on “Matt Kaufman Formerly of Focus on the Family on Why Evangelicals Should Dump Trump

  1. I’d be curious to learn what he suggests Christians do. Should we abstain from politics entirely? That’s what some Christians believe.

    John Piper wrote an essay recently that argued Christians should reject Trump because of his personality flaws and reject Biden because of his policies. If the standard is perfection, then we should certainly only ever support Jesus Christ.

    Meanwhile Greg Boyd, who previously was of the “reject politics” persuasion, now says that it’s our duty as ambassadors of Jesus Christ to leverage our privilege as Americans by voting.


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