Among the many so-called moral guardians who have turned Donald Trump into a golden–er, orange–calf, Jim Bakker is among the most obnoxious of all. He has been very much at the forefront of the religious right’s concerted effort to bully evangelicals into joining them in bowing down to Trump. To hear him talk, Christians who oppose Trump could potentially pay a very stiff price for doing so–as in the loss of their salvation.
With a line like that, it should come as no surprise that Bakker is already all-in to ensure Trump gets a second term. On Election Night 2018, even as it was clear that the American people were delivering a sharp rebuke to Trump, Bakker and another general in the Trumpvangelical Army, Lance Wallnau, were already ramping up efforts to get their followers to the ballot box in 2020.
It was clear long before then that Bakker’s obstinate support for Trump, as well as his equally obstinate effort to bully Christians into supporting Trump, is the latest con from the man who is still the stereotype of the money-grubbing televangelist. But any doubt that this was the case was probably put to rest earlier this week. He’s teaming up with Wallnau to hawk a package of pro-Trump agitprop.
Wallnau recently traveled to Bakker’s abode in the Ozarks for a series of programs that are airing this week. People for the American Way’s Right Wing Watch noticed that on one of them, Wallnau was urging viewers to pay $45 to get a package that includes a Trump commemorative coin.
Wallnau was billing this 24-karat gold coin as a “point of contact” between Trump-supporting charismatics and God as they pray for Trump’s re-election campaign. Many charismatics use objects such as cloths and coins as “points of contact” with people for whom they’re praying–a symbolic laying on of hands.
Wallnau also intends the coin as a reminder that Trump is a modern-day Cyrus. He and other Trumpvangelicals often tell their followers that in the Bible, God used King Cyrus to help the Jews even though he himself isn’t a believer. In the same vein, Wallnau and others claim that while Trump isn’t a believer, God chose him to not only make America great again, but make America Christian again.
This package also includes a booklet that contains more details on Wallnau’s 2015 prediction that Trump would be a modern Cyrus, as well as a DVD of an evening service Wallnau conducted at Bakker’s facility. Bakker is also hawking bundle deals in case his followers want to give this agitprop to their friends–three packages for $100, and 13 packages for a cool $450.
In light of recent events, this can only be described as another case of one of the most infamous con men in the history of religious broadcasting blatantly fleecing the flock. Remember, this comes on the heels of some 700 federal prosecutors signing an open letter arguing that Trump indeed obstructed justice by interfering with the Robert Mueller investigation.
Indeed, according to the New York Review of Books, at least two members of Mueller’s team were of the same mind. If not for longstanding Justice Department policy that holds sitting presidents should not be indicted, they would have argued that Trump should pay the price for his attempts to derail Mueller.
Oh, that’s right. To hear Bakker and others talk, this is nothing more than part of a demonic attempt to stop Trump. And to hear Wallnau talk, the investigation itself was a giant demonic cloud over the White House.
We already knew that Bakker, Wallnau and other Trump-worshiping pastors are helping their new messiah perpetrate massive swindle on this nation. Well, by asking their followers to pay as much as $450 to join in the effort to cover Trump in prayer, they have removed any doubt that they part and parcel of this swindle.
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