For some time, whenever religious right watchers have associated “Donald Trump supporter” and “false prophet” in the same breath, the one name that came to mind was Mark Taylor. For those who don’t remember, Taylor claims to have received a prophecy about Trump becoming president. One problem–it foretold that Trump would run in 2012 and upend Barack Obama. As we know, that didn’t happen.
Well, it turns out that there are two other MAGA hat-wearing false prophets who bears watching. Namely, Hank and Brenda Kunneman, pastors of Lord of Hosts Church in Omaha. The Kunnemans both claim to operate under a “strong prophetic anointing.” But they’ve had some pretty high-profile whiffs of late.
For instance, last fall, Hank shared a “word from the Lord” declaring that any attempt to impeach Trump would “boomerang” back on Team Blue. One problem–he’d actually received this prophecy on May 22. By the time he’d seen fit to share it, the nation knew that Trump had tried to strongarm Ukraine into helping him in a politically motivated investigation into Joe Biden. When this scandal broke in full, there was no exoneration. Far from it–it actually pushed a number of Democrats off the fence. By the end of the month, the House had opened a formal impeachment inquiry.
Despite the Kunnemans’ attempt to “hush” the impeachment effort, Trump was formally impeached in December. Since then, more and more details have come to light about the Ukraine affair. Two bombshells have detonated in the last 24 hours alone.
First, on Wednesday night, Lev Parnas, a longtime aide to Trump personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow that Trump was very much aware of his attempts to broker a meeting between Giuliani and Ukrainian president Voldymyr Zelensky, and to push for an investigation of Biden. Then, on Thursday morning, the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office concluded that Trump broke federal budget law by sitting on military aid to Ukraine for policy reasons.
In other words, there has been no boomerang on the Democrats. If anything, the only boomerang in this affair hit Trump smack between the eyes.
In light of these developments, we have to take a recent Kunneman prophecy with a generous helping of salt. If we believe Hank, we already know who will be president in 2024–Mike Pence.
On Tuesday, the Kunnemans sat down with the man who is the current epitome of televangelist excess, Benny Hinn. Hank used this forum to declare he’d received a “word from the Lord” not only about impeachment, but about the 2024 presidential election. People for the American Way’s Right Wing Watch got a clip.
Hank claimed to have received a vision of God’s foot slamming over the United States and smearing itself back and forth. He then heard God say, “They tried to impeach Moses.” The message was obvious–Hank was comparing Trump to Moses. Just in case he didn’t make himself clear, Hank said that even though “they got the people to complain” about Moses and turned them against him, God chose Moses because “he stood up for God and he stood up for the nation.”
Hank claimed that when God’s foot came down, he said, “Who is on the Lord’s side?” Thus, Hank said, it was “very important” that we stand with God and “what he is doing.” The message is obvious. If Trump is a modern Moses and God chose Trump, if we know what’s good for us, we’d better stand with Trump–and the fact he runs this country like a crime boss be hanged.
But the Kunnemans were just warming up. While recalling the recent wave of “put it back” movements calling for the restoration of prayer and Bible reading in schools, he claimed that last February, God had given him two words–“payback” and “recompense.” He said “recompense” with the stress on the final syllable–a reference to the vice president.
Hank claimed that it wasn’t an accident God chose a man named Trump to be president. He claimed that Trump represented “triumph”–with an emphasis on the “I.” In the same vein, Pence represented what happens “when we pray and cooperate with God prophetically.”
Well, Hank, given your past track record and recent polling numbers, you’ll have to pardon us if we don’t believe this latest attempt at prophecy. You predicted impeachment would boomerang on the Democrats–and yet, it didn’t. Moreover, your orange calf hasn’t been able to get his approval ratings out of the 40s.
Contrary to what you claim, that’s not a demonic trick. That’s a sign that the American people know they’ve been swindled. And at this rate, you will deserve the same amount of infamy as your fellow false prophet, Taylor.
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