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Will Trump's New Evangelical Board Change Hearts and Minds?

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Nearly as many people sit on Donald Trump’s new Evangelical Executive Advisory Board as work for his national campaign. The twenty-five names on the list include former Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Focus on the Family leader James Dobson, and Liberty University’s Jerry Falwell Jr. The campaign announced the list on Tuesday:

… the formation of the board represents Donald J. Trump’s endorsement of those diverse issues important to Evangelicals and other Christians, and his desire to have access to the wise counsel of such leaders as needed. Mr. Trump has received widespread support from Evangelical leaders, communities and voters, winning the majority of the Evangelical vote throughout the primaries.

It’s odd rhetoric. But that’s par for the course with Trump.

The question remains whether this group will have any real influence on the campaign, either in terms of meaningfully directing Trump or advancing his credibility with professed Christians.