On Sunday, former National Security Adviser John Bolton threw a new wrinkle into the impeachment trial of Donald Trump. According to The New York Times, Bolton claims in his upcoming book, “The Room Where It Happened,” that Trump told him he planned to sit on military aid to Ukraine until Kiev opened an investigation into former vice president and 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden.
If this is in fact true, it would knock the bottom out from Trump’s claims that withholding aid had nothing to do with Biden. Within hours of the story breaking, Democrats vehemently demanded that Bolton be called to testify at the impeachment trial. Bolton has previously indicated that he is willing to testify under subpoena.
In the last week, Bolton has felt the full force of how Trump diehards react when anyone dares to cross their dear one. His longstanding conservative street cred hasn’t saved him from being called a liberal, a traitor, and a deep stater, or from being the target of scurrilous claims that he’s on the payroll of terrorists.
But this is minor league compared to how one rabidly pro-Trump pastor reacted. This man of God would have you believe that Jesus himself would have beaten the daylights out of Bolton for his insolence.
Until the Trump era, Rodney Howard-Browne was best known as the guy who introduced the world to “holy laughter”–uncontrollable and spontaneous laughter during services. Calling himself the “holy ghost bartender,” the South African-born and Tampa-based pastor holds services which are often characterized by things that would give even charismatics and Pentecostals pause. To give you an idea of his act, watch this clip from a revival at his church, The River at Tampa Bay.
Or this clip Holy Koolaid dug up from 1994, in which Howard-Browne has a “conversation” in tongues with Kenneth Copeland.
But in recent years, Howard-Brown has been into things that are definitely not a laughing matter. For instance, he has been a shameless peddler of conspiracy theories. He has claimed that the bombings in Austin and the Christchurch shootings were false flags, and that Hollywood and Washington insiders are cannibals who sacrifice children.
An open and unashamed Trump supporter, he once made a baseless claim that someone was planning to attack Trump. Watch for yourself here.
In other words, it has been amply established that Howard-Browne is a full-on charlatan. Any doubt of this was erased on Monday, when he took to Twitter to unleash an unhinged attack on Bolton.
Howard-Browne, like most Trumpkins, appears to operate under the misconception that loyalty to the president and loyalty to your country are one and the same. Bolton may be a hardcore conservative whose views are extreme on just about everything. But unlike Trump, he has scruples. According to one of his former aides, Fiona Hill, those scruples led him to describe the entire Ukraine escapade as a “drug deal.”
So Howard-Browne is operating under another common Trumpkin misconception–that holding the president to account for abusing his power amounts to a coup. Gee, I didn’t know that remembering that your oath is to the United States, not the president, amounted to taking part in a coup.
So far, this was a typical Trumpkin rant. But then Howard-Browne took it to another level. In a since-deleted tweet, Howard-Browne claimed Jesus would have “made a whip and beat the crap out of” Bolton.
Wait a minute. So Jesus would flog someone for speaking out against improper and potentially criminal behavior? So Jesus would flog someone for actually having scruples? Gee, doesn’t sound like the Jesus most of us know. Then again, he did get his doctorate from a school widely derided as a “diploma mill,” so it may not come as a shock that his understanding of Jesus is severely warped.
For the better part of four years, Trump supporters have claimed that they are being relentlessly bullied by those mean old liberals and deep staters. And yet, the only way to describe this screed from Howard-Browne is ham-handed bullying. Oh, that’s right. Howard-Browne wants to help Trump make America great again–and therefore, anyone standing in the way is fair game.
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