For the better part of three decades, the religious right has followed a simple formula to make people vote Republican when, on paper, they have no business voting Republican. They’ve made people think that Democrats are the agents of the devil. In the process, they’ve managed to convince people that voting for anyone running as a Democrat could put their salvation at risk.
This line has actually ramped up since Donald Trump took office–and to some extent, dates back to when he locked up the Republican nomination. For the better part of three years, the religious right has told its followers that opposing Trump is tantamount to opposing God himself, and the efforts to hold him to account are nothing short of a demonic trick.
We got a lovely example of this line on Tuesday. One of the religious right’s heroes, Phil Robertson, warned against supporting Democrats. His explanation? You’d be supporting a party run by the devil.
Robertson has been a busy fellow since winding up his hit show on A&E, “Duck Dynasty.” He hosts a show on BlazeTV (formerly CRTV), “In The Woods With Phil.” Recently, he began running a Christian conservative podcast, “Unashamed,” alongside his two middle sons, Jase and Willie.
On Tuesday, he stopped by “Breitbart News Daily” to promote his new podcast. Listen here.
Robertson told host and Breitbart editor-in-chief Alex Marlow that if you “just stepped back and looked at the Democratic Party,” you would see that they stand for three things–“rank immorality and perversion, the murder of their own children…and lies.”
To Robertson’s mind, it left no doubt that the Democrats are demonic.
Well, Jesus said 2,000 years ago that the Evil One is the father of murder and lies. He’s the father. So, that’s who’s running the Democratic Party. The Evil One.
Robertson went on to say that while many think the Democrats have gone crazy, in truth they’re “very, very evil.” So evil, in fact, that they only seem like they’re crazy. But that line sounded like hot air in light of something Robertson told Marlow before then.
I hope Trump stays in for another four years, and there’s possibility of hope, but we’re in a mess, my man.
Yep, you guessed it. Robertson is still very much all in for Trump. So riddle me this, Phil. You say that the Democrats stand for lies. And yet, you’re all in for a man whose relationship with the truth is tenuous at best. Even worse, he doesn’t just lie, but repeats lies that have been debunked several times over–so many, in fact, that The Washington Post’s Fact Checker has a separate rating for them, “The Bottomless Pinocchio.”
To backtrack a bit, you say Democrats stand for “rank immorality and perversion.” Well, how do you square that with being all-in for a man who cheated on his wife not long after she gave him a son, and then paid several of his mistresses to keep quiet before the election?
And how do you square that with supporting a man who revels in degrading women, and has few qualms about calling them “dog” and “horseface” on Twitter? Surely you and Miss Kay taught Jase, Willie and your other two sons that you don’t talk to women in that manner. And hopefully your sons and their wives taught their sons to respect women as well.
Robertson said that he will use “Unashamed” to fight for “how we have to be with fathers and their children.” And yet, he supports a man who talks about women in a manner that no man with even an iota of decency would tolerate.The cognitive dissonance, it burns. But then again, we’re talking about a man who seems to think expecting our judges to uphold basic standards of decorum is demonic.
What we are witnessing is a living and breathing example of the contortions and distortions we’ve seen from the religious right over the years. They have spent the last three years bullying their followers into supporting a man who finds it acceptable to plaster a private cell number on social media, mock the disabled, and revel in degrading women. All that matters to them is that Trump made the right clucking noises on their pet issues.
And yet, in the same breath, they insist that voting for anyone running is a Democrat is tantamount to voting for an agent of the devil. It’s only fair to ask who Robertson and other religious right luminaries are worshiping–Jesus, or Trump?
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