For the better part of three decades, it’s been more or less an article of faith on the religious right that God is a conservative Republican. Indeed, some think that it’s not possible for a Christian to be a Democrat, and even thinking about voting for a Democrat could potentially cost you your salvation.
The nation’s so-called moral guardians have googled down on this line in the last three years. Indeed, it’s probably the biggest reason that Donald Trump is still standing even in the face of the contortions, distortions, alternative facts and outright lies that occur on a near-daily basis from his White House.
How’s that, you ask? Well, the religious right made what amounted to a Faustian deal with Trump soon after he clinched the Republican nomination in 2016–as long as he kept his word to roll back abortion and marriage equality and appoint conservative judges, they would convince their followers that his outrageous behavior on the campaign trail and in office was no big deal.
The religious right has kept up its end of the bargain in spades. It’s actually ramped up as the midterm elections get closer. We’ve seen prominent fundies insist that the Democrats are being played by the devil. They’ve not only joined their fellow covfefe drinkers in insisting those who oppose Trump are being bankrolled by liberal megadonor George Soros, but insist that Soros is at the very least being driven by the “spirit of the Antichrist.” The message is clear–voting against Trump is voting against God himself.
On Wednesday night, one of Trump’s more diehard fundie supporters felt the need to drive that point home. Namely, so-called prophetess Kat Kerr. You may know her best as the woman who tried and failed to stop wildfires and hurricanes. But she’s as rabidly pro-Trump as any of her fellow “prophets” and “prophetesses.” For instance, she’s under the delusion that with Trump, God is in the White House–and that voting for Trump assured God would be there for the next five terms as well.
Kerr took to Facebook to remind her followers that a very important person is voting Republican–God himself. Therefore, she claimed, we should follow his lead. People for the American Way’s Right Wing Watch got a clip.
Kerr minced no words– she was giving “heaven’s viewpoint” on the midterms. And from where she was sitting, that viewpoint was clear–“God is voting Republican.” After all, she said, God put Trump in the White House via “a miracle for the ages.” Remember, it’s become more or less an article of faith on the religious right that God hacked the election for Trump, not Russia.
Kerr maintained that with the Democrats, “we had no life at all.” Apparently she missed the eight years of economic growth under Barack Obama. But such little things as facts have never mattered to her.
We don’t want to go there again. We want to go forward. Vote Republican.
Kerr has a funny idea of going forward. After all, it apparently means condoning a president who revels in degrading women, has no problem with a congressional candidate bodyslamming a journalist, and believes that critical coverage of him is fake news. No, no. All that matters is that God hacked the election for Trump, and therefore we must stand with him. And when we go to vote, we should be voting Republican without even a second thought.
As much as it saddens me, nothing Trump does is worth the shame and disgrace that he brings to this country. The American people know this. It’s why Trump’s approval ratings haven’t gotten out of the low 40s.
If Kerr is willing to tell us to ignore the shame and disgrace and go all-in for Trump no matter what, it’s only fair to wonder–does she worship Trump? Based on her insistence that God is in the White House when even a cursory look at Trump’s Twitter feed proves otherwise, the only answer to that question is yes.
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