Long before Donald Trump’s rise to the top of the Republican Party I made it clear that I don’t consider most Republicans to be Christians. Sure, that’s what many might call themselves, but as a Christian, myself, I think you actually have to support policies that mirror the beliefs and teachings of Jesus Christ to rightfully call yourself a Christian.
And there’s absolutely nothing Christian about a party that vilifies the poor and champions greed while promoting racism, bigotry, fear, and hate.
In fact, as Trump has proven, the hypocrisy of these so-called “evangelical Christians” is astounding. The same people who consider themselves “super Christians,” of sorts, often proclaiming themselves the “defenders of Christian and family values,” rushed to support this disgusting predator in huge numbers during his campaign and continue to do so today.
Even after 16 women accused him of sexual abuse following the release of a video where he bragged about sexually assaulting women, while more recent news centers around a former adult film star he paid to keep quiet just prior to the 2016 election about an affair he had on his current wife, that hasn’t stopped these “evangelical Christians” from defending a vile, serial adulterer.
It’s a point that hasn’t been overlooked by some of the few Republicans out there who’ve refused to sell out and endorse Trump’s “presidency.”
Such as Michael Gerson, a former speechwriter for George W. Bush, who wrote a scathing take down concerning the “shameless” hypocrisy of those who call themselves Christians while defending the least Christian “president” this country has ever had.
Here are a few excerpts from his piece in The Atlantic:
The president won four-fifths of the votes of white evangelical Christians. This was a higher level of support than either Ronald Reagan or George W. Bush, an outspoken evangelical himself, ever received.
Trump’s background and beliefs could hardly be more incompatible with traditional Christian models of life and leadership. Trump’s past political stances (he once supported the right to partial-birth abortion), his character (he has bragged about sexually assaulting women), and even his language (he introduced the words pussy and shithole into presidential discourse) would more naturally lead religious conservatives toward exorcism than alliance. This is a man who has cruelly publicized his infidelities, made disturbing sexual comments about his elder daughter, and boasted about the size of his penis on the debate stage. His lawyer reportedly arranged a $130,000 payment to a porn star to dissuade her from disclosing an alleged affair. Yet religious conservatives who once blanched at PG-13 public standards now yawn at such NC-17 maneuvers. We are a long way from The Book of Virtues.
While fairly lengthy, if you have a few minutes, I’d highly recommend everyone read the entire thing. It’s definitely one of the better summaries of the current state of “evangelical Christians,” the hypocrisies Trump’s exposed about many of these people, and how they’ve sold out their supposed values to support and defend someone whose behavior is the antithesis of actual Christianity.
Though like any other instance where I see a Republican seem “shocked” or “stunned” at the fact that tens of millions of members of their own party happily embraced someone like Trump, I can’t help but wonder what world they’ve been living in for the last few decades. As I’ve said plenty of times before, the GOP nominating someone like Trump wasn’t a matter of if it was going to happen, just when.
This is a party that’s pandered to racism, bigotry, religious hypocrisy, conspiracies, hate, and fear for decades. The “king makers” within conservative media such as Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Matt Drudge, and a few others built their “empires” on selling hate, fear, and propaganda.
When you get right down to it, one of the ironic things about Donald Trump’s rise is the fact that, after decades attacking the left for our criticisms of conservatives, all this “president” has done is prove that progressives have been right about Republicans all along.
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