The religious right has spent the last two-plus years warning the American people against opposing Donald Trump. Their explanation? God himself put Trump in office. Heck, to hear the nation’s so-called moral guardians talk, God was so determined to keep Hillary Clinton out of the White House that he was the one who hacked the election for Trump, not Vladimir Putin. For that reason, they say, Democrats and Republican never-Trumpers are being played by demonic forces who don’t want Trump to make America both great and Christian again.
That warning is directed more at the religious right’s supporters than at the nation at large. After all, even in the face of the almost daily outrages coming from this White House, Trump’s support among white evangelicals remains at implausible levels. According to a poll by the Public Religion Research Institute, a whopping 75 percent of white evangelicals approve of Trump’s performance. In contrast, Trump has struggled to get his nationwide approval ratings out of the low 40s.
Late last week, we got a lovely example of how hard the religious right is pushing to keep its followers in the fold. One of Trump’s most rabid religious right supporters reminded viewers that the devil himself is behind the attacks on Trump.
For most of last week, Jim Bakker’s guest has been Carl Gallups, a Baptist pastor from the Florida Panhandle. Like Bakker, Gallups is a full-on conspiracy theorist–one of many who rallied to Trump in 2016. Also like Bakker, Gallups believes there’s a demonic conspiracy underway to cut the legs out from under Trump.
Gallups googled down on this line on Wednesday’s show. People for the American Way’s Right Wing Watch got a clip.
Gallups has been saying for some time that much of the hostility toward Trump was “very spiritual” in nature, “and at some levels, very demonic, a demonic attack.” He believed it was rooted in part in Trump’s strong support for Israel. He didn’t think it was a coincidence that Trump declared that the United States would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on the 70th anniversary of Israeli independence.
To hear Gallups talk, that has the devil in a full-blown conniption fit. He believed the devil was “raising up antagonism” against Trump as a result. As much as Trump diehards want to rail about the deep state having it in for Trump, Gallups believes there’s a “deeper state” involved.
Really, Carl? So when we call out Trump for admitting that he’s deliberately gaslighting the media and the nation, it’s demonic? And when we roll our eyes at Trump for fawning over Kim Jong-un, it’s demonic? And when we express alarm over Trump’s hopes that we listen to him like North Koreans listen to Kim, it’s demonic? Etc., etc., etc., ad nauseam.
Fair warning, Carl and Jim. Feeble attempts like these to peddle explanations in order to provide supposed backup for your warnings aren’t going to work. We will persist. We will resist. And when Trump goes down, we will make sure that you and others who continued to stand by him and bully people into ignoring his outrages go down with him.
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