Of all the fascinating, and disturbing, aspects contributing to the election of Donald Trump, one of the more perplexing is the overwhelming support provided by numerous religious groups to a candidate whose relationship to religion hovers somewhere above superficial, and whose moral standards stand in stark contrast to that of any religious tradition. Explanations have been proffered in terms of demographics, economics, racism, and simple hypocrisy. Each of these factors likely played a role, however a different perspective is provided by adopting a Darwinian approach to both religion and values. Situating these issues within an evolutionary context does not deny the role of social forces, or individual histories, in making sense of this, but it does offer a distinct insight, one often overlooked in many discussions.