James Dobson, the founder of Focus on the Family, said the main reason he is voting for Donald Trump is his concern over the justices who will be nominated to the Supreme Court.
Dobson said that for him, the November election is a “single-issue election” because the Supreme Court affects many aspects of life in the U.S.
“In many ways, this is a single-issue election because it will affect every dimension of American life: the makeup of the Supreme Court,” Dobson said in an interview with Christianity Today.
To emphasize his point, he cited the Supreme Court’s landmark decision on Roe vs Wade, which affects Americans until today and has led to the killing of many babies.
“One decision that still plagues us is Roe v. Wade, imposed on America in 1973,” he said. “It divided the nation and has led to the murders of 54 million innocent babies. This killing goes on every day.”
Dobson said previous conversations with Trump have led him to believe that the Republican presidential candidate will uphold religious liberty. There was a time when he held a private meeting with Trump along with several other evangelical leaders, Dobson said. In that meeting, he asked Trump about his “concerns on religious liberty.”
“I liked that he promised us emphatically that he will work to protect our religious liberties,” Dobson said.
He also said Trump already has a list of conservative Supreme Court nominees, all of whom are “stellar.”
“He has since released a list of potential Supreme Court nominees that is stellar. We must pray that, if elected, he will keep his word,” he said.
Dobson formally endorsed Trump for president in July, saying he trusts in Trump’s ability to lead the nation. He said Trump has shown “unwavering commitment” to concerns that plague evangelicals, such as religious liberty and preserving the sanctity of human life.
“I am supporting Mr. Trump primarily because I believe he is the most capable candidate to lead the United States of America in this complicated hour,” he announced.
He also said another reason why he chose Trump was because he had a “great concern about Hillary Clinton.”
“All I can tell you is that we have only two choices, Hillary or Donald,” Dobson said. “Hillary scares me to death. And, if Christians stay home because he isn’t a better candidate, Hillary will run the world for perhaps eight years. The very thought of that haunts my nights and days.”
Dobson sits at Trump’s executive evangelical advisory committee together with other evangelical leaders like Paula White, Jentezen Franklin, Ben Carson, Michele Bachmann and Jerry Falwell, Jr.