As of Friday night, the Democrats are confirmed to have taken at least 30 seats from the Republicans, and FiveThirtyEight projects that as many as seven more could flip when all is said and done. It’s fairly safe to assume that the religious right “prophets” who breathlessly declared that there was going to be a red wave now have a lot of egg on their faces.
But in the case of at least two of those prophets, you have to wonder if the egg has gotten into their brains. They insist to anyone and everyone that will listen that there wasn’t just a red wave–but a red tsunami.
First up, Mark Taylor, the so-called “firefighter prophet” best known for claiming to receive a “word from the Lord” that Trump would be elected president. What most people don’t know, however, is that he actually received this prophecy in 2011–and proclaimed that Trump would unseat Obama.
But such minor details haven’t stopped Taylor from becoming one of the go-to guys in the religious right’s campaign to bully evangelicals into bowing down to Trump. For instance, he has warned those who oppose Trump that they will have to answer to God for daring to touch his “anointed.”
As part of that effort, Taylor spent most of the campaign declaring that the GOP wasn’t just going to keep control of Congress, but expand it–and also take a hammer-lock hold at the state and local level as well. Indeed, he was keeping up this line as late as the day before the election, on CBN News. Watch here.
As we now know, that didn’t happen. But when Taylor sat down with far-right podcaster Greg Hunter on Wednesday, he insisted that the tsunami had already started. People for the American Way’s Right Wing Watch got a clip.
Taylor claimed that the tsunami had actually been triggered when Donald Trump pushed out Jeff Sessions as attorney general. As he saw it, it was the equivalent of an “earthquake.”
For some time, Taylor has been a vocal promoter of “QAnon,” the conspiracy theory that argues Trump is about to open the trap door under a massive pedophilia ring involving virtually anyone who is anyone in the Democratic Party and Hollywood. He claimed that Sessions’ successor was going to play a key role in a wave of “mass arrests.”
Taylor admonished his fellow covfefe-drinking Christians to be ready to step in to fill “a ton of job openings in DC” that will come up as a result of these arrests. After all, he claimed, the arrests were going to be the real red tsunami.
One problem–that’s not what Taylor said as late as the day before the election. He maintained that Republicans were going to win–and bigly–“at state, local and federal levels.” But Taylor anticipated this, insisting that those calling him out “are not seeing the big picture right now.” After all, they’re coming at it “from a point of intellect” and are looking at things “from their natural eyes.”
Taylor is used to retconning his “prophecies.” For instance, he insists that God kept Obama in office in 2012 in order to let “a righteous anger” build up and open the door for Trump. Never mind that his 2011 “word” clearly referred to “this next election.”
Then again, most of Taylor’s audience lives in a bubble where people like him are actually considered news sources. That’s probably the only thing keeping him from being pilloried like other so-called prophets who have preceded him.
But Taylor’s postmortem was a model of sanity compared to what we heard from so-called prophetess and “weather warrior” Kat Kerr later on Wednesday. After spending most of the campaign declaring that God was in the White House and was going to vote Republican, Kerr found herself scrambling to explain how the Democrats still took back the House.
By the time she took to Facebook on Wednesday night, she’d come up with an explanation–many of the newly elected Democrats aren’t really Democrats at all. Right Wing Watch got a clip.
Kerr claimed that a significant number of Democratic freshmen are actually Republicans who ran as Democrats in order to “see inside the Democratic Party, what was going on.” She claimed they were actually “scouts” who were being used by God.
If you believe Kerr, this double game was proof that “God has another plan besides yours.” Therefore, if we know what’s good for us, we will “stop picking people apart and leave the prophets alone!”
No, Kat. We won’t leave this alone. It may come as a surprise to you that a significant number of Christians, including this writer, knew this country had been swindled. We’ve spent the last two years praying for this swindle to be exposed in full. As far as we are concerned, our prayers are being answered. After all, we now have a check on this president.
Taylor, Kerr and their compatriots are either unable or unwilling to accept that the American people rose up on Tuesday to take back their country. After all, these so-called prophets spent the last three years telling themselves that Trump is God’s chosen one that they believe it themselves–and can’t understand why most of us don’t believe it. As one of my left-leaning Christian friends often says, it’s not the man upstairs they’re listening to.
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