For the better part of three years, the religious right has been working overtime to warn those who dare oppose Donald Trump. Their explanation? God chose Trump to fulfill his plan for this country, so any opposition to him is driven by Satan.
Never mind that there is mounting evidence that Trump at the very least fostered an environment in which senior campaign aides found it acceptable to solicit help from Russia in order to get dirt on Hillary Clinton. And never mind that Trump’s behavior in the Stormy Daniels saga reveals that, at best, he was disengaged in a way that you cannot be if you want to be president. No, no–attacking him gives the devil an open door to your life, and Trump must be protected from the demonically-inspired cloud over his effort to make America great again.
A man who called into the radio show of rabidly pro-Trump pastor Jesse Lee Peterson found that out the hard way on Wednesday. Peterson is one of the loudest members of a very exclusive club–black conservatives who are all-in for Trump. He believes that Trump is a shining example of what a real man should be. Uh huh. So real men plaster private cell phone numbers on social media, mock the disabled, and revel in degrading women?
For some time, I’ve wondered if Peterson is still of that mind after Trump retweeted hateful and violent memes showing him knocking down Hillary Clinton with a tee shot and depicting CNN as a blood splatter on his shoe. Peterson gave his answer on the Wednesday edition of his radio show, when he lectured first-time caller “Eli” for not supporting Trump. People for the American Way’s Right Wing Watch got a clip.
Eli had a hard time understanding how Peterson could claim that we were locked in a battle of “good vs. evil, right vs. wrong” and support a president who didn’t seem to be conducting himself in accordance with the Bible.
When Peterson asked Eli if he voted for Trump, Eli replied that he wasn’t old enough to vote at the time; he just turned 18 in the last year. However, Eli said, had he been able to vote, he would not have voted for Trump. Further, he didn’t understand why pro-Trump fundies like Peterson are so loyal to him; he doesn’t think they’re being consistent.
That set Peterson off. He demanded to know why Eli was so concerned about this when he “would not vote for a good man, period.” When Eli said that he would vote for a good man, Peterson unloaded on him.
“Because if you won’t vote for a man like President Trump, then everything about your life is inconsistent, because you are in a fallen state. And Satan is your father, so your whole life is inconsistent.”
This sort of talk was all too familiar to a number of left-leaning Christians who opposed Trump. Our view on this was simple–we were not willing to put someone in the people’s house when we wouldn’t allow them in our own houses. And yet, to hear Peterson talk, we’re children of Satan for taking that stand.
Let there be no doubt. Peterson is a fake pastor defending a fake president–as is any other pastor who is still bullying his followers into supporting Trump.
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