For the better part of three years, the religious right has been mounting a massive bullying campaign to hush the opposition to Donald Trump. The nation’s so-called moral guardians have repeatedly warned us against speaking ill of Trump. Their explanation? God, not Russia, hacked the election for Trump. Therefore, anyone who raises his or her voice, phone, keyboard, etc. against Trump is being played by the devil.
This line has kept up, without fail, even in the face of some of the worst outrages from this White House. But you would think even the religious right would have limits. Apparently they don’t, judging by how they’ve responded to the mounting evidence that Trump indeed tried to get Ukraine to launch a politically motivated investigation into former vice president and 2020 Democratic hopeful Joe Biden.
You would think that even the most diehard fundie would be appalled that a president would try to use the power of his office to bully a political rival, and attempt to make a foreign country an accessory to such bullying. But a number of leading fundies haven’t just continued to stand by Trump, but have actually googled down on the efforts to hush his opponents. What’s more telling is when they have done so–in the wake of some of the most explosive testimony from the House investigation.
For instance, just hours after the acting American ambassador to Ukraine, Bill Taylor, testified that he understood Trump would withhold military aid to Ukraine unless it investigated Biden, Rick Wiles warned that diehard Trumpkins would hunt Democrats down if they managed to push Trump out. Just days later, with Taylor’s testimony still dominating the headlines, Perry Stone suggested that Democrats were possessed by demons.
On Thursday, senior National Security Council official and Army war hero Alexander Vindman testified that he’d listened in on the now-infamous phone conversation between Trump and Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, and was so concerned about what he heard that he alerted lawyers. The yeomen at People for the American Way’s Right Wing Watch discovered that just hours later, rabidly pro-Trump “prophets” Hank and Brenda Kunneman responded by trying to hush the impeachment inquiry in the Spirit.
This spiel happened during a “Prophetic Pulse” that was livestreamed on Facebook and Instagram. Watch a mirror on YouTube here. About 35 minutes in, Hank mentioned that a number of his followers had been “in fear” about the impeachment inquiry.
You may recall that Hank supposedly got a “word from the Lord” saying that the inquiry would “boomerang” back on the Democrats. That came in May–before the Ukraine scandal broke in full. However, he didn’t reveal it until Pelosi pulled the pin on the inquiry. So much for that. Apparently if his followers were “in fear,” they must have been afraid the boomerang was headed straight for their dear one, Trump.
Hank responded with a “word” he’d received from October 24–ironically, the same day as Taylor’s testimony. Supposedly, “the witch, the warlock, the witch doctor, and those who practice divination,” among others, to push for Trump’s impeachment. However, this move was supposed to only last a season. Uh huh. So witches, warlocks and witch doctors drove a career diplomat, a 21-year Army veteran and war hero, and a veteran national security professional to expose the dark matter surrounding the Ukraine scandal?
Later, Hank and Brenda asked their audience to join them in a “prophetic act” to hush the impeachment drive. They had their followers stretch one hand out and put a finger on their other hand to their lips–echoing how God revealed himself through his finger in the first three plagues depicted in Revelation, but revealed himself through his hand in the fourth, where the “distinction” was made.
Hank said this was a “prophetic sign” that “all the accusations, the lies, the agenda of evil” will be silenced when justice comes and the evil agenda is exposed. “We speak now–shhhh!” he said.
Bear in mind, folks–this came just hours after Vindman’s bombshell testimony. And yet, the Kunnemans would have us believe that this is being driven by witches, warlocks, and witch doctors who are peddling “accusations” and “lies” to further an “agenda of evil.” Since when is exposing gross abuse of power furthering an agenda of evil?
Let’s not beat around the bush. By trying to hush this inquiry, the Kunnemans have joined the religious right in calling evil good and good evil. They would do well to read Isaiah 5:20, which reminds them that “woe” is coming–and hard–to those who go that route.
History will not be kind to you and your compatriots, Hank and Brenda. You risk facing the same infamy as the bottom-feeding preachers who tried to use the Bible to defend segregation. Just like them, you are defending the indefensible.
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