social conservatism


This morning at a conference in the White House Rose Garden with conservative and religious leaders, President Trump unveiled and signed an executive order on religious freedom that he says fulfills many of his campaign promises to be a champion of religious freedom. But many social conservative leaders are slamming today’s order as “meaningless,” or […]


Last week, DNC Chairman Tom Perez made headlines for a statement suggesting pro-life Democrats ought to be ousted from the party, so that Democrats could maintain a single message. Some responded with outrage, like former pro-life Democratic Congressman Bart Stupak, who said that the chairman should “take a hike” and that he “has no business […]


“There is some criticism of me for being alarmist,” author Rod Dreher noted last night at the Union League Club in New York, where hundreds gathered for the launch of his new book, The Benedict Option, but he wasn’t backing down an inch. “I am alarmist about the state of our culture and our civilization […]


A recent piece in the Washington Examiner accuses President Trump of abandoning social issues and thereby, the Republican Party of “rebranding” itself. This could not be further from reality. We have never seen an administration so actively engaged in social issues in its first two months. Traditionally, it has been the practice of Republican leaders […]


Contrary to the conventional wisdom of the media, President Donald Trump has picked almost all the right fights during his first few weeks in office. His first slew of policy changes through executive orders have not only advanced conservative ideals and brought additional voting blocs to the table, but they have also exposed the radical […]


Congratulations, President-elect Trump. Congratulations to the historic, never-before-seen governing majority he assembled. It’s time to hope I was wrong and work for President Trump’s success — for America’s success. Here are my first six takeaways from last night’s historic victory: 1.) The RNC’s “Autopsy” from 2012 got it exactly wrong in arguing the key to […]


Some have made the argument that Donald Trump and Mike Pence won’t move life, marriage, and religious liberty issues beyond the status quo. Well, I think we can be certain that Hillary Clinton will change the status quo. For the past 40 years, the status quo has been that the federal government does not pay […]


Amidst the anticipation of last night’s presidential debate, USA Today reported yesterday afternoon that Planned Parenthood has announced it intends to spend “seven figures” in North Carolina to push its pro-abortion agenda in an attempt to shift close state races toward the Democrats: Planned Parenthood Action PAC North Carolina, Planned Parenthood Action Fund and Planned Parenthood […]


Frank Cannon is president of the American Principles Project and a respected conservative political strategist with over 30 years of experience. … I think that it’s always the case when there is one governor [Pat McCrory] willing to take on a policy that elites — and by elites, they’re almost exclusively liberal elites when they […]


Frank Cannon is president of the American Principles Project and a respected conservative political strategist with over 30 years of experience. [A loss in North Carolina] means [religious liberty fights] are over. …I think there is such pressure when the National Basketball Association moves its all-star game; when high-profile athletes say they won’t be married […]


Earlier this week, APP senior fellow and ThePulse2016.com contributor Maggie Gallagher was interviewed by Radio America’s Greg Corombos on religious freedom and the Republican Party. While religious freedom has become a hot-button issue in many places across the country, Gallagher sees one race as being particularly pivotal in deciding how this debate plays out after […]


The future of religious liberty for traditional religious believers hangs on what happens to North Carolina governor Pat McCrory’s bid for re-election this November, and he is down six points in the latest CNN poll. The Atlanta Constitution Journal just acknowledged as much in a story on the decision to hold more public debates on […]


A recent article from The Washington Post argues that Donald Trump and the Republican Party no longer need to fight on issues important to social conservatives to win elections. The article’s argument hinges on a January 2016 poll, which suggests that Republican voters prioritize issues related to the economy and national security above moral and […]


Frank Cannon is president of the American Principles Project and a respected conservative political strategist with over 30 years of experience. I think the single biggest threat is economic elites who actively oppose the social issue agenda and find it distasteful and find it socially in the parties and in the milieus in which they […]


I had the opportunity to attend Donald Trump’s “secret meeting” with social conservatives in New York City yesterday. I came away very impressed. Former Governor Mike Huckabee — a potentially great VP pick — acted as the moderator for the event, and led a conversation with Trump that lasted more than an hour. Trump took difficult questions from several different […]


Frank Cannon is president of the American Principles Project and a respected conservative political strategist with over 30 years of experience. The policy differences that have appeared in, say, North Carolina between what Governor McCrory is doing on transgender bathrooms in the state and the Chamber of Commerce . . . that phenomenon of debating […]


Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump sought to broaden his appeal with conservative Christians, speaking at the annual Faith and Freedom Caucus and Concerned Women for America-sponsored “Road to Majority” Conference in Washington, D.C. Friday afternoon. Following a speech by former Republican candidate Carly Fiorina, Trump blasted Hillary Clinton’s record as Secretary of State and called […]


Jennifer Rubin, the ostensibly “conservative” columnist for The Washington Post, raged at social conservatives yesterday for attacking Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson. As Danny Cannon wrote for The Pulse 2016 yesterday, Johnson is not remotely conservative, but nevertheless, Rubin, a staunch libertarian in GOP clothing, has written glowingly about him on multiple occasions. Rubin opens with a […]


Why did President Obama use executive authority to insist that the transgendered be allowed to use school bathrooms and shower room facilities of the gender with whom they identify? The GOP does not fully grasp this. Neither does Time magazine, which devotes its May 30, 2016 cover to the topic: “Battle of the Bathroom: From […]


Frank Cannon is president of the American Principles Project and a respected conservative political strategist with over 30 years of experience. I don’t know why a social conservative has a reason to be opposed to Donald Trump in this sense. Hillary Clinton is the most committed you will ever have in terms of social liberalism […]