Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Evangelical conservatives are determined to go down in disgrace with Trump. Let them do it.

As the walls of impeachment are slowly but steadily closing in on Trump, one group of his supporters remain blissfully and probably deliberately unaware of what's happening and how Trump's behavior contributed to the state he's in.

  Here is a larger view of the photo on the left:

This "event" took place on the same day that Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman provided key evidence in the impeachment inquiry of Trump. The evidence has to do with Vindman listening in on a telephone call in which Trump allegedly was attempting to pressure Ukraine's president into investigating former VP and Democratic front runner Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.

Apparently in between being prayed for, Trump took time out to viciously attack Vindman, an attack which seems to have been in coordination of right-wing Trump supporters. They have been implying that Vindman, a Purple Heart recipient, was lying to take Trump down. Needless to say, the attack backfired as many, including GOP Senators and Congressional leaders, came to Vindman's defense.

Of course I wouldn't ask any of these pastors in the photo about all of that because they would probably formulate an excuse for Trump's behavior.

Tony Perkins, of the Family Research Council, would most likely say that Trump should be given a "mulligan" because he supposedly stands up for Christianity. That was the excuse Perkins gave when confronted about Trump's past adultery with porn star Stormy Daniels.

Another pastor in the photo, Robert Jeffress, would probably attempt to twist Biblical verses to justify Trump's attack on Vindman. That was his modus operandi in 2017 when he said God gave Trump authority to bomb North Korea.

It really shouldn't surprise anyone that Jeffress is against Trump impeachment. According to him, it will lead to a new civil war because Democrats are supposedly angry that Trump won in 2016. Jefress contends that this is due to the fact that Trump is a "Christian warrior" and the Democrats worship a demon who is into child sacrifice. However, based upon other controversial things he has said about the LGBTQ community, Catholicism, Islam, and Mormonism, Jeffress was obviously letting Democrats off lightly.

Then there is lovely Paula White, who is supposedly Trump's spiritual advisor. When she's not sanctifying the White House as "holy ground" by the "superior blood of Jesus" or warning that God will punish Christians if they vote against Trump, she's busy claiming that Trump was anointed to be president because he is "100 percent is a Christian who understands receiving faith by the grace of the lord, Jesus."

Based upon these three alone, we need to stop registering shock when we see prominent right-wing evangelicals rally around Trump. Instead, we need to recognize what it truly is - one of those spooky moments in history when followers of a false prophet are determined to go down with him. We've witnessed evangelical conservative leaders lying for Trump, trivializing some of his offenses, and justifying others. They worship Trump because he is just like them - artificial, plastic, pandering, hypocritical, self-righteous, and possessing a superiority complex so large that if it were food, it could solve global hunger 100 times over. Whether evangelical conservatives will admit it or not, Trump has replaced Jesus in their hearts as lord and savior because he is false as they are, but also a conduit to the political power they crave.

So of course they are going to stay with him. But Trump is going to eventually fall and his fall is going to be spectacular. And crashing down with him will be those who used their influence to buttress his excesses. There won't be deaths. There will be no mass suicides. But a lot of people and groups are going to see their undeserved reputations go up in smoke and ashes.

My advice is to stop worrying about it and prepare to enjoy the show because it's coming.

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