Soon after he all but locked up the Democratic presidential nomination, Joe Biden promised to pick a woman as his running mate. From that day onward, it was almost preordained how Donald Trump would respond–with a repeat of the kind of smears that were hurled at Hillary Clinton. It was also preordained that Trump’s religious right puppets would merrily join in.
Like clockwork, this effort commenced in spades when Biden picked Kamala Harris as his running mate. One of Trump’s most fanatical religious right supporters wasted little time branding Harris as nothing more than a Hillary clone–one who is already using a cabal of false prophets as her puppets in the effort to stop Trump from making America great again.
Of the many so-called moral guardians who have turned Trump into an orange calf, Lance Wallnau is among the most obnoxious of all. To hear him talk, if you oppose Trump, you’re giving Satan an open door into your house. He also seems to think that standing up for constitutional checks and balances borders on idolatry. For good measure, he openly wished that Trump could give his foes the same treatment that Vladimir Putin’s foes get in Russia, and wondered if one of Trump’s most ardent foes, Congressman Adam Schiff, was in need of deliverance.
So it should come as no surprise that when Wallnau took to Facebook and YouTube for a livestream chat about Harris, he was in rare form. Watch the YouTube version here.
Wallnau claimed that he’d expected Harris to win the Democratic nomination, and was “befuddled” when she was forced to drop out. However, soon after Harris pulled out, Wallnau claimed to have had a dream of Harris going up an elevator, and sensed that she was surrounded by “a strong Jezebel spirit.”
Anyone who has followed the New Apostolic Reformation, the fascistic offshoot of the religious right of which Wallnau is a leading voice, expects Wallnau to go off the rails quickly. But he wasn’t even trying to be subtle. When a fundie calls a woman a “Jezebel,” he’s calling her ungodly and evil.
Wallnau then went on to say that the “battle we thought we were going to have” with a President Hillary Clinton will be “nothing” compared to the upcoming campaign, since Hillary is “not as likable” as Harris. In contrast, Wallnau said, Harris is because she’s “chameleon-like” and comes across as a “blank slate,” much like Barack Obama. In truth, he continued, Harris already has “the false prophets of Baal fawning all over her.”
Now who were those false prophets? Well, Wallnau said, “the modern media is the false prophets of Baal,” responsible for echoing propaganda all over the world. He didn’t really put two and two together until reading an article from the rabidly pro-Trump Epoch Times which had the headline, “President Kamala Harris.” In Wallnau’s telling, this article was proof of how liberal megadonors and bloggers that supposedly use the media as puppets were already anointing Harris as the next president.
Wallnau was speaking in a code that’s all too familiar to this charismatic/Pentecostal Christian. Baal is frequently used as a catch-all for false gods and idols in the Bible. So Wallnau was accusing the media of being puppets for idolatry.
On one level, this comes as no surprise, considering that Wallnau and other fundies have insisted for four years that opposing Trump is tantamount to opposing Almighty God himself. But consider that Wallnau has already declared the media to be a false prophet. Now he’s calling them agents for forces of idolatry?
And it’s rather ironic that Wallnau calls Harris a chameleon. He is all-in for a guy who could boast about not losing support if he shot up Fifth Avenue one minute, then promise Christians that they will have “plenty of power” in the next. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the orange god to whom Wallnau wants us to bow and pray.
This is yet more proof that the religious right knows that Trump really can’t beat Biden on policy. The best he can do is resort to scare tactics. And people like Wallnau are his willing puppets in that endeavor–just like they have been his willing puppets on nearly everything else. It goes without saying that if Biden wins, the reckoning Wallnau and friends will face will be long overdue.
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