Thursday, January 14, 2021

Franklin Graham shamefully implies that Trump's impeachment is like the betrayal of Jesus

Franklin Graham is furious that Donald Trump was impeached for a second time. So much so that he left messages on Facebook and Twitter voicing his displeasure. Graham especially railed against the 10 House Republicans who joined the Democrats to vote for impeachment:

As comical as that one is, it is the one of Facebook which will probably gain more attention. There, Graham implies that Trump's second impeachment is like the biblical betrayal of Jesus by Judas Iscariot.

 For those who don't know, this betrayal led to Jesus's crucifixion:

Shame, shame on the ten Republicans who joined with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats in impeaching President Trump yesterday. After all that he has done for our country, you would turn your back and betray him so quickly? We have never had a president like him in my lifetime. He gave us lower taxes, a strong economy, and low unemployment. He made NATO take notice and pay their own way. He had the guts to take on North Korea and meet with their leader personally. He didn’t let China walk all over us. Just his Mideast peace initiatives in the last couple of months deserve a Nobel Peace Prize. He has defended religious liberty like no president before him, and that matters to all people of faith. He has worked to bring prison reform and secured our southern border. He defeated the ISIS caliphate in Syria, and he strengthened our military. He was also the most pro-life president we have ever had. But the House Democrats impeached him because they hate him and want to do as much damage as they can. And these ten, from his own party, joined in the feeding frenzy. It makes you wonder what the thirty pieces of silver were that Speaker Pelosi promised for this betrayal. President Trump isn’t a perfect person. I don’t support or agree with some of the things the President said and did the last couple of weeks. January 6 was a low point in his presidency. We knew he had flaws when he ran for office in 2016. But I, and millions of others, voted for him because of the platform and policies he promised. I still support those. The Democrats have been trying to get rid of the President since the day he took office. What they did yesterday only further divides our nation. I hope President-elect Biden will keep his word and work for unity as he has said.

Thirty pieces of silver,  according to the Bible,  is what Judas was paid by Jesus's enemies to deliver him to them. Which he did by giving him a kiss. Knowing how homophobic Graham is, I'm surprised that he didn't work in a dig against LGBTQ people.

But the comparison of Trump's impeachment to the betrayal of Jesus is embarrassing enough. It almost distracts from his ridiculous tangent about what Trump has "done for" America. But let's not leave it unmentioned. Trump's crappy stewardship has left us practically waist deep in a pandemic which has taken over 397,000 American lives and wrecked our economy. His basic incompetence has made us the laughing stock of the world while losing the respect of our allies.  His general immature behavior has served as a rotten model for our nation, leaving us poorer, more selfish, more angry, more resentful, more prejudiced, and more susceptible to con artists pushing conspiracy theories. Basically, we are so deep in the hole, it may take years for us to recover. 

In weighing what Trump has done for America, perhaps impeachment is too light of a punishment. Perhaps he deserves a complimentary kick in the ass.

And I haven't even mention last Wednesday's insurrection at the Capitol, which was the reason for Trump's second impeachment. His constant lie about the election being stolen from him was the singular thing which led his supporters to invade the Capitol in an attend to keep Biden's win from being certified. They failed to stop the certification, but their attempt left five people dead, the Capitol building wrecked and the entire country fearful of further repercussions. But apparently we are supposed to overlook that because of what Graham claims are good things Trump did for the country.

If Trump has done something positive for America, it would have to be the revelation of so many bogus moral leaders, ie the folks who eagerly discarded all of the values they professed to hold  in exchange for a little bit of political power and White House access.

And guess who's number one on that list, Mr. Graham?

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