(Billy Hallowell) The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and author of the new book “Be Light,” recently stopped by TheBlaze’s New York City newsroom to discuss Christianity, Donald Trump and the 2016 political season. Rodriguez candidly attributed Trump’s rise to become the presumptive GOP presidential nominee as a mass reaction to the cultural dynamic that has been at play over the past eight years —

one that has been characterized by what he described as a “hesitant angst building up.” “The consequence of the earthquake is Donald Trump,” he said, noting that societal reverberations have resulted from frustration over big government, impediments to religious liberty and political correctness “on steroids.” ”It’s an interesting thing, because it’s Christian populism.” READ MORE