Donald Trump finds it acceptable to call women “dog” and “horseface.” He has few qualms about sharing or retweeting hateful and degrading memes about his foes. He also seems to condone victim-shaming by his legal team. And yet, in the face of all of this, the religious right would have you believe that unlike Barack Obama, Trump governs in a biblical manner and is a president who pleases the Almighty.
So what if Trump behaves like a boor and a bully? All that matters to the nation’s so-called moral guardians is that he makes the clucking noises they like on ending abortion and rolling back marriage equality. That’s part of the reason that the religious right is still firmly in Trump’s corner.
Apparently they’ve kept their followers loyal to him as well. A poll taken in February by the Pew Research Center showed 69 percent of white evangelicals approve of Trump’s performance. While that’s a marked drop from the 81 percent of white evangelicals who voted for Trump in 2016, it still far outstrips his performance among all Americans. Trump has never gotten out of the low 40s in FiveThirtyEight’s average approval rating; as of Tuesday, for instance, his average approval rating is 42.1 percent.
We got a lovely example of the disconnect between the religious right base and the nation at large over the weekend, courtesy of former congresswoman turned religious right Michele Bachmann. She would like us to believe that Trump may very well be the most biblical president ever.
Bachmann sat down with messianic Jewish “prophetess” Jan Markell, whose ministry is based in Maple Grove, Minnesota–not too far from Bachmann’s home in Stillwater–to discuss the threat of the “deep state.” The discussion soon turned to what Trump has done for this country. People for the American Way’s Right Wing Watch got a clip.
Roughly half an hour into the show, Markell recalled something Bachmann had told her earlier in the day–Trump had done more in two years than Ronald Reagan had done in the same time frame.
Bachmann ticked off the standard list Trump diehards roll out when asked about Trump’s achievements–tax reform, cutting regulations, and of course, jobs, jobs, jobs. Bachmann also gushed about Trump’s accomplishments on social issues. She claimed Trump has “done more to advance the pro-life movement, the pro-life cause” than any other president. She also claimed Trump has done more for the persecuted church that Obama ever did. Besides the release of pastor Andrew Brunson, Trump is allowing more persecuted Christians in while keeping those who persecute them–mostly Muslims–out.
According to Bachmann, Trump has stood up on moral issues “where most Republicans wouldn’t dare to stand up.” It led her to gush that she had “never seen a more biblical president than Donald Trump” in her lifetime. She pronounced his presidency as “highly biblical,” and told Markell’s listeners, “we will, in all likelihood, never see a more godly, biblical president in our lifetime.”
Really, Michele? Let’s review just how “godly” and “biblical” Trump is, shall we?
Trump supposedly got saved sometime between 2015 and 2016. And yet, in 2016, soon after Hillary Clinton rolled out a blistering ad calling out Trump for his years of degrading comments about women, Trump told KSNV in Las Vegas he only insulted women “for the purpose of entertainment.”
That alone should prove the lie to any talk that this man is “biblical,” even allowing for him supposedly being a baby Christian. But even more disturbing than what Trump said is the manner in which he said it. Think Progress got a clip.
When Trump said he degraded women for entertainment, he did so in a manner that suggested this was an everyday thing for him. Would a man who truly had Jesus in him act in this manner? Not likely.
Moreover, would a man who is truly “godly” and “biblical” retweet a meme showing him knocking Hillary down with a tee shot, or depicting CNN as a bloody splatter on his wingtip? Would he have called Omarosa a “dog,” or Stormy Daniels “horseface”? The answer to all of those questions is a resounding no. If Bachmann bothered to take even a cursory glance at Trump’s Twitter, she would see that at bottom, Trump is still the same man who boasted that he could “grab ’em by the pussy” just because he was a celebrity.
Riddle me this, Michele. For all the times Trump has checked the boxes on social issues, have you considered whether it is really worth it? Is it really worth allowing someone into the White House whom no mother with any kind of love for her children would allow into her house? Are social issues so important to you that you are willing to throw basic decency out the window?
If so, Michele, then you are like the people who Ruth Carter Stapleton described as “the most religious people I know–and the least Christlike!”
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