Donald Trump is a racist. That should have been proven beyond all doubt when Trump knowingly called lawmakers of color “savages” back in November. One would have thought that would have been a bridge too far for one of the most exclusive clubs in the nation–black conservatives who are loyal to Trump. Sadly, it appears this isn’t the case. And based on the comments of a prominent bishop who is still all-in for Trump, one issue may overshadow all else–abortion.
As part of his commemoration of Black History Month, Steve Strang, founder and publisher of Charisma magazine, has been interviewing a number of prominent black pastors. On Monday, Strang sat down with George Bloomer, founder and bishop of Bethel Family Worship Center in Durham, North Carolina. Listen here.
Strang has been friends with Bloomer for years, and believes that he is a “harbinger” of a potential shift in the black community away from the Democrats. Strang trotted out what has become a familiar shibboleth conservatives use to try to woo blacks away from the Democrats–they were the party of the Ku Klux Klan, which Strang called “the terrorist arm of the Democratic Party.” What Strang conveniently left out is that in the 1960s, the GOP threw its doors wide open to Southern Democrats who felt chagrin with the national party’s growing embrace of the civil rights movement.
But such little historical details mattered little to Strang, who then tried to liken the KKK to antifa. As Strang put it, the only difference between antifa and the KKK is that in the case of antifa, “instead of white hoods, they wear black hoods over their faces.”
Strang believes that antifa and the KKK are driven by “the same spirit.” As he put it, while the KKK was willing to go to war to keep blacks in their “place,” antifa are willing to go to war to keep abortion legal. He recalled how another black bishop, Raleigh Washington, told him that as many as half of black babies are aborted, and the birth rate has dwindled to a point that the black race may cease to exist in a century.
Bloomer ate it up. The good bishop recalled one of his appearances on The Word Network, a black-oriented Christian network. When the host asked Bloomer how he felt about Black Lives Matter, the bishop replied that he was more concerned about “our babies” being killed. When asked to clarify, he replied, “Before we even get to the streets of Chicago or New York City, I’m talking about in little doctors’ offices.”
Bloomer was slammed up and down for his comments, leading him to believe that he was being attacked by “the spirit of death and murder.” He believes that Black Lives Matter is not nearly as important as ending abortion. He claimed that it is not possible to win the presidency without having blacks vote for you. He claimed that there were a number of black “sleepers” who pulled the lever for Trump.
Strang appeared to agree in a column he wrote for Charisma, saying that too many people in this country are “harping on the nonessentials” while ignoring abortion. Really, Steve? So when the president of the United States knowingly directs racial slurs at lawmakers of color, it’s “nonessential”? When the president of the United States sits and watches his supporters call for a lawmaker of color to be sent back to her home country, it’s “nonessential”?
Coming back to you, Bishop Bloomer–as one black man to another, do you mean to say that we should ignore blatant racism from our nation’s supposed leader just because he harps about the sanctity of life? Apparently Strang believes that’s what you’re saying. And if so, it’s yet another reason to question whether the pro-life movement really has anything to do with the sanctity of life.
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