It was\u00a0a historic and bloody day for Israel\u00a0but also a deeply revealing moment in US domestic politics. At the opening of the American embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, a prayer and a benediction were given by two Christian evangelicals from Texas notorious for\u00a0insulting other religions.\n\nThe selection of pastors\u00a0Robert Jeffress\u00a0and John Hagee was a sign of how for some Christians, the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel\u2019s capital is\u00a0consistent with the biblical prophecy\u00a0of the second coming of Jesus Christ and the beginning of the Rapture, or end times.\nFor others on the Christian right, it was an important show of solidarity with the hardline Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.\nBut it was also illustrative of how central the evangelical constituency has become to Donald Trump\u2019s support. And the daily barrage of scandals around the US president \u2013 including an alleged affair with the pornographic film actor Stormy Daniels \u2013 has done nothing to shake their faith.\nIndeed, a survey last month\u00a0by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) found that white evangelical support for Trump is at an all-time high, with three in four holding a favourable view of the president. This level of support was well above support in the general population, where Trump\u2019s favourability is at 42%.\n\u00a0\nFrank Luntz, a Republican consultant and pollster, said: \u201cThey acknowledge there are issues with him but it\u2019s his willingness to fight against their enemies that makes them so supportive.\u201d\nSuch voters typically back\u00a0Republicans\u00a0because of their conservative views on social issues such as abortion rights and homosexuality.\nDuring the 2016 Republican primary campaign, many initially flocked to Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, a diehard conservative. According to the PRRI, Trump\u2019s favourability among white evangelicals never reached 50% during the primary season.\nBut as Cruz\u2019s candidacy collapsed in the face of Trump\u2019s populist onslaught, many rallied to the New York businessman and TV celebrity\u2019s side. By early autumn 2016, his favourability had jumped to 61%.\nNot even the release of the Access Hollywood tape, in which he boasted about grabbing women\u2019s private parts, cost him support among voters who regarded him as preferable to Hillary Clinton.\nUnlike Cruz, Trump was able to build a coalition of aggrieved white working-class voters in the midwest \u2013 resentful of trade deals and so-called coastal elites \u2013 with\u00a0white Christian evangelicals\u00a0anxious about religion\u2019s place in society. Luntz added: \u201cIt comes from a fear of where the culture\u2019s headed and an inability to stop it. These are not angry voters. This is not driven by economics; this is driven by values.\u201d\n\nTrump, 71, attended church as a boy but\u00a0seems to lack deep religious convictions.\u00a0A Slate article last month\u00a0reckoned that he has violated at least three of the Ten Commandments: \u201cThou shalt not commit adultery,\u201d \u201cThou shalt not steal\u201d and \u201cThou shalt not bear false witness.\u201d Yet Franklin Graham, son of the late evangelist Billy Graham, ignored his father\u2019s advice to become\u00a0one of his most outspoken defenders.\nThe paradox was writ large at a recent national day of prayer commemoration in the White House rose garden. After the president signed an executive order to establish a faith-based office and the ceremony wrapped up, a journalist shouted: \u201cWhy are you changing your story on Stormy Daniels?\u201d\nA member of the audience rebuked: \u201cShame on you!\u201d\nSome evangelicals explain the situation in terms of God having often recruited imperfect people to fulfil his perfect will. Jerry Falwell Jr, president of evangelical college Liberty University, said: \u201cGod called King David a man after God\u2019s own heart even though he was an adulterer and a murderer,\u201d adding, \u201cI think evangelicals have found their dream president.\u201d\n\nAnother explanation is offered by Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas and father of the White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders.\n\u201cWe also don\u2019t hold people to unreasonable standards of perfection because we realize there was only one perfect person among us, and that was 2,000 years ago,\u201d he wrote in an email newsletter.\n\u201cWe tend to judge people more by their current actions, and there\u2019s no question that Trump has been the best President at protecting religious liberties since \u2026 well, possibly ever. Many Presidents have paid lip service to protecting religious freedom but not taken much action. Trump didn\u2019t just make campaign promises, he\u2019s keeping and surpassing them.\u201d\nFrom this point of view, Jerusalem is just the latest promise kept.