Phil Robertson has kept fairly busy since the end of his hit show on A&E, “Duck Dynasty.” The veteran duck hunter and founder of the Duck Commander duck hunting line has found a second career as a hard, hard, hard right-wing political commentator. Soon after “Duck Dynasty” took its final curtain call, Robertson signed on with Mark Levin’s CRTV, where he has his own online show, “In The Woods with Phil.”
On Tuesday’s edition, Robertson unloaded on the Democrats for daring to oppose now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. As he saw it, it was a sign that they were being driven by the devil. Watch here, if you can stand it.
This episode was vintage Phil. He claimed that the main problem with the Democrats was that they had “no God and no fear of God in their eyes.” He thought it showed in their opposition to Kavanaugh, which he believed came down to “a love problem.” He claimed that the Democrats have “no love for their fellow-man,” and are driven by pure hatred.
To Robertson’s mind, Democrats aren’t just “left-wingers.” He thought it was more accurate to call them “ungodly” and “slaves to sin.” He claimed that while liberals and conservatives both sin, most conservatives “at least have a consciousness of God.” Liberals, on the other hand, have been “given over to a reprobate mind.”
Robertson was quoting from Romans 1:28. Specifically, the King James Version:
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient…
Robertson repeated the standard right-wing shibboleth on the opposition to Kavanaugh–it was the product of sitting on claims from “false accusers.” He claimed that the Democrats almost certainly knew they shouldn’t have done this, and yet did so anyway. That led him to quote Romans 1:32.
Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death they not only continue to do these very things but they approve of those who practice them.
Robertson claimed that very thing was going on with those who were “flying under the flag of liberalism.” As far as he was concerned, it was “just Satanic to the core of its being.”
Um, Phil? In case you missed it, there was a big problem with Kavanaugh even without Christine Blasey Ford’s claims against him. Namely, his temperament. Two Thursdays ago, when Kavanaugh had a chance to speak after Blasey Ford’s riveting testimony, he railed that the accusations were a “calculated political hit” that was the product of “revenge on behalf of the Clintons.” He was also incredibly snappish and rude when Democrats questioned him.
Regardless of whether you believed Blasey Ford or not, no one who watched that performance could have failed to wonder if Kavanaugh had the temperament to serve on any court, let alone our highest court. And yet, if we’re to believe Robertson, if we opposed Kavanaugh for that reason, it would be “ungodly.” Process that for a moment.
Riddle me this, Phil. What if a liberal Supreme Court nominee had been faced with unsavory accusations about his past, and then railed that they were the product of the “revenge of the religious right” or the “revenge of the vast right-wing conspiracy”? You and other Christian conservatives would be melting the switchboards demanding that his or her nomination be withdrawn, and withdrawn posthaste.
And you’d get very little objection from me or anyone else on the left. After all, such a rant would have shown that regardless of whether those accusations were true, that person did not have the temperament to be a judge. It would have been no less outrageous and disqualifying than Kavanaugh’s rant. If you believe there’s any difference at all, Phil, there’s a bridge in Brooklyn I’d like to sell you.
But then again, there’s a method to Robertson’s madness. After all, for the better part of three decades, the religious right has tried to convince Christians who would otherwise vote Democratic that Democrats are the devil’s agents at worst and being played by the enemy at best–and thus, voting for a Democrat could endanger their salvation. We saw that earlier in the week, when Frank Gaffney suggested that George Soros was the Antichrist’s right-hand man.
The message was obvious–if you support anything backed by Soros, you’re supporting the enemy’s agenda. And the message is no less obvious here–opposition to Kavanaugh was nothing short of Satanic. Well, at least we now know that insisting on basic standards of behavior and temperament from our judges is a demonic trick.
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