Why do so many Mormons back Trump? Some say it’s about the land | Environment | The GuardianMorm 


In February 2017, weeks after the inauguration of Donald Trump, a conservative political operative named Don Peay trudged up a steep, sagebrush-covered hillside outside Salt Lake City. Peay served as Trump’s campaign manager in Utah and is a hunting advocate who has gone out shooting with prominent rightwingers such as Dick Cheney, Ted Nugent and Donald Trump Jr.

Peay wanted to point out a particular parcel of public land that used to be overrun by highly invasive cheat grass. Several years ago, he worked with local land managers to revegetate it with native plants favored by deer and elk.

“We’re proud of what we’ve done here,” Peay said. “It shows that local people know the land better than bureaucrats from Washington or tourists from California.”

“Doesn’t it belong to all of us?” I asked, noting that the land we stood upon was managed by the federal government, in trust for the American people.

His answer was unexpected.

“Yeah,” he replied. “But it belongs more to me than it does to you.”

Peay is Mormon and his striking claims regarding public land have a long history in Utah. Under Trump, these claims are being taken seriously. Peay believes this helps explain high Mormon approval levels for the president despite the Stormy Daniels affair and other scandals that might be thought shocking to a conservative religious conscience.

 

Source: Why do so many Mormons back Trump? Some say it’s about the land | Environment | The Guardian

One thought on “Why do so many Mormons back Trump? Some say it’s about the land | Environment | The GuardianMorm 

  1. ‘Peay is Mormon and his striking claims regarding public land have a long history in Utah’, but he does not go back far enough in history for these lands were stolen from the Native Americans around 1600.

    Yes, it is a very long time ago, but if you can go back way further than that for those in Israel then Peays land is not his but the Native Americans from whom it was stolen.

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