In the four years since Donald Trump rode down the escalator of Trump Tower, he’s given us a lot of reasons to wonder if he’s mentally stable. He lies and does so repeatedly. He goes into 280-character tantrums at the tiniest perceived slight. He has few qualms about sharing hateful and violent memes attacking his foes.
Even a cursory glance at Trump’s Twitter feed would lead anyone without red-tinted blinders to wonder if he was mentally stable. And yet, if we’re to believe one of Trump’s most ardent religious right supporters, the Democrats are supposedly the loony ones.
When the religious right took its present form in the 1980s, one of its earliest stars was James Robison. Known as “God’s Angry Man” for his fire-and-brimstone attacks on abortion and gays, he organized a “Freedom Rally” in 1979 at which he called for “God’s people to come out of the closet” and reclaim the country. According to Mike Huckabee, who was Robison’s communications chief, this rally gave birth to what became Moral Majority.
However, in 1983, Robison abruptly left the battlefield. He now claims that his bombastic image was the product of “meanness of the devil.” A lifelong Southern Baptist, since the mid-1980s he has moved in charismatic circles.
Since 2010, however, Robison has returned to the culture wars with a vengeance. In 2010, he organized a meeting with Richard Land, Tony Perkins, and others in hopes of recruiting a socially conservative challenger to Barack Obama in 2012. Any doubt that Robison was back on the battlefield was erased in 2012, when he declared all-out war on “secular theocracy” in America. People for the American Way’s Right Wing Watch got a clip.
Since then, he has declared that this country has been ensnared by “ungodly forces,” and declared that those who support abortion and marriage equality are unfit to lead. He has since founded The Stream, a right-wing Christian blog that he helms alongside Michael Brown, one of the leaders of the Brownsville Revival.
By 2016, he had become an open and unashamed supporter of Donald Trump. That spring, he told American Family Radio’s Sandy Rios that Trump had the potential to save the country from the claws of Satan. No, this isn’t snark. Right Wing Watch got a clip.
With talk like that, it came as no surprise when Robison was named to Trump’s evangelical advisory board, which was a virtual who’s-who of religious right luminaries.
It’s also come as no great shock to see Robison push the false narrative that Trump is a Christian. He claims that Trump is a “humble and meek” man who will point people to Jesus, and that his tweets are a sign of his growing faith. Uh huh. So calling women “dog” and “horseface” are signs of Jesus growing in you?
Robison’s loyalty to Trump is so deep that he believes that attacks on Kenneth Copeland’s high living are no different than the daily attacks on Trump. But Right Wing Watch recently discovered that Robison’s alternative facting runs deeper than that. Late last month, Robison dropped by humorist Chad Prather’s show on BlazeTV to discuss, among other things, abortion.
This interview provided a breathtaking picture of the false narrative the nation’s so-called moral guardians are pushing about Trump. For instance, Robison claimed that we can see how Trump respects God in how he treats the media.
So when Trump claims that the mainstream media is “the enemy of the American people” and peddles “fake news” when it dares to hold him to account, it’s a sign that he honors God? Got it.
Later, Robison claimed that the Democrats were unworthy of power because so many of their leaders have become unstable. Right Wing Watch got a clip.
Robison told Prather that the Democrats and the left only care about one thing–“protecting their future and their place in power.” He suggested that the Democrats may not believe their own agenda, and mused they had become “mentally deranged.”
As he saw it, the Democrats had been given over to a “reprobate mind,” and are “talking so ridiculous it borders on the edge of absolute insanity.” To his mind, this disqualified the Democrats from having any business claiming they could lead the country. As he put it, “How can we allow insanity to rule?”
However, Robison argued, “common sense Americans” know that in Trump, they have someone who wants to be surrounded by wisdom. Robison recalled that Trump “forcefully” told him that he wants to be surrounded by prayer and the wisdom that it brings.
Um, James? Have you taken a look at Trump’s Twitter feed and his public behavior lately? If you did, you’d see that those prayers aren’t working. If Trump really had God’s wisdom in him, would he have shared a meme showing him knocking Hillary Clinton down with a tee shot? Or at least two violent memes attacking CNN? Or calling women “dog” and “horseface”?
No matter how much the rest of us despised someone, if we tweeted or shared something like that, we would not only be fired, but told–not asked–to get some counseling. After all, mentally stable people do not share such things. And yet, James, you believe the Democrats are the ones who are “mentally deranged”? What nerve you have.
Robison once claimed that when he was delivered of his anger, he felt a claw lifting from his mind. If this display is any indication, there’s a new claw on his mind–an orange one.
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