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What Trump Really Says About Religious Conservatives

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In speeches and interviews, President Donald Trump plays a champion of conservative religious values. But according to McKay Coppins' recent Atlantic article, behind closed doors, Trump’s “comments about religion are marked by cynicism and contempt.” 

Coppins, who is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has experienced Trump’s two-faced treatment of deeply religious people firsthand, and he writes that the president mocks Mormons as well Jews, and even the evangelical Christians that make up an important core of his base. Coppins joins us Friday at 11 a.m. to talk about what the president says privately about religious conservatives. We’ll also ask how LDS voters in Utah are thinking about Trump in the lead-up to the November election.

You can read McKay Coppins'  The Atlantic article titled, "Trump Secretly Mocks His Christian Supporters," here.


  • McKay Coppins, staff writer for The Atlantic. Author of The Wilderness: Deep Inside the Republican Party’s Combative, Contentious, Chaotic Quest to Take Back the White House. | @mckaycoppins
  • Dr. David Magleby, professor emeritus of political science at Brigham Young University and formerly the dean of BYU’s College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.