For the better part of three years, the religious right has loudly warned us against opposing Donald Trump. Their explanation? God put Trump in office, so if we oppose Trump, we’re opposing God as well–and we’re being played by the devil himself.
Incredibly, though, the nation’s so-called moral guardians have kept up this drumbeat even as evidence mounts that Trump tried to strongarm Ukraine into launching a politically motivated investigation into former vice president Joe Biden. If anything, they’ve googled down on it.
In the last few weeks, we’ve heard pro-Trump pastors and evangelists tell us that Trump’s foes are demonically possessed and are guilty of treason. We’ve seen Trumpvangelical pastors try to “prophetically” hush the impeachment inquiry, and loudly proclaim that those evil libruls are actually attacking their values.
Well, add another example to the list. One of the most rabid generals in the Trumpvangelical Army brought on a fellow pastor who claimed that if you oppose Trump, it’s a good reason to question your humanity.
Among the many religious right pastors who have bowed down to Trump, Jim Bakker is in a class by himself. He claimed that Trump was being bullied in the same manner that those mean old feds bullied him when they exposed his massive fraud at Heritage USA three decades ago. He believes Christians who oppose Trump may not really be saved, and that demons are working overtime to keep Trump from not only making America great again, but making America Christian again.
Like his fellow Trump worshipers, Bakker has been googling down on this line even as the evidence of Trump’s depravity mounts. Just 24 hours after White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney crassly admitted that Trump had indeed tried to use the power of his office to bully Biden, Bakker brought on Paula White to warn us that we would “stand accountable” to God if we didn’t vote for Trump next year.
The pattern continued on Monday. Less than 48 hours before the launch of the impeachment inquiry, and a week after the release of reams of testimony about the effort to bully Ukraine, Bakker brought on end times pastor Irvin Baxter to help him in his effort to bully people into maintaining support for Trump. The title of the show was a bad sign that things were going to go off the rails, and quickly: “Globalism, Revelation, and You.”
As you might expect with anything Bakker does, it didn’t take long before things indeed went off the rails. The discussion quickly turned to why people despise Trump so much. People for the American Way’s Right Wing Watch got a clip.
Baxter told Bakker that it’s important for people to understand the root cause of the hatred towards Trump. As Baxter saw it, most of Trump’s most ardent foes are people who want to set up a one-world government.
Baxter claimed that the “globalists” howled when Trump pulled out of the Paris climate accord. To hear Baxter talk, those evil globalists were planning to use that accord as the first step toward building a one-world government. Among other things, the globalists supposedly wanted to implant every person in the world with a “global ID” by 2030.
Supposedly, when Trump “upset their apple cart” by pulling out of the climate accord and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the globalists howled. As Baxter sees it, this has resulted in a “deeply inhuman” and “Satanic” hatred for Trump–a sentiment with which Bakker and his wife, Lori, heartily agreed.
It has been amply established that Trump is a boor, a bully, a misogynist, and a racist. So if we oppose this, are we “deeply inhuman” and “Satanic”? Apparently so, if you believe Baxter.
What makes this even more ridiculous is that Bakker aired this 48 hours before the start of the public impeachment hearings, and in the face of reams of testimony about Trump’s attempt to bully Ukraine. Is wanting Trump held to account for this a sign of “deeply inhuman” and “Satanic” sentiment? Apparently so, if you believe Baxter and Bakker.
The bulk of Bakker’s audience lives in a bubble where shows like his are considered major news sources. But even allowing for that, this ham-handed attempt to bully people into supporting Trump is embarrassing. One has to wonder–does Bakker consider rolling back abortion, ending marriage equality, and pushing our courts to the right so important that we must condone a president who may have engaged in behavior that is the very definition of a high crime? Given this kind of claptrap, we can only assume that the answer is yes.
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