Dr. Lisa Gasson-Gardner is a lecturer in Religious Studies at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Her monograph project is tentatively titled Feeling Right: Political Theology, White Evangelical Christianity, and an Im/possible Project of Listening. She is also working on a project at the intersection of political theology and fat justice–a fat political theology.
Intense feeling is characteristic of Donald Trump’s political presence. The Trump rally, replete with chanting, screaming, and a long, rambling speech is an affect-laden performance. For people trained in charismatic-evangelical communities, Trump’s intense performance feels true.