This might come as a surprise to many Americans who have watched the increasingly overt and forceful alliance between the Republican far right and Christian nationalism.
Toward that end, he argued, Republicans need to be even more explicit than they already are.
"When politicians come and stand on this stage," he asked, "do they mention the Bible?
There was an answer to that question, he continued: "We got these rights from God in the Bible.".
An hour later, when Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley took to the stage, he eagerly obliged, delivering a speech that might as well have been a sermon.
This year, Hawley said, he was focused on the left's "efforts to unmake history."
"What they particularly dislike about America is our dependence on biblical teaching and tradition," Hawley said. »