It’s been no secret that the religious right sees Donald Trump as a modern-day messiah. Even in the face of the almost daily outrages coming from this White House, the nation’s so-called moral guardians have remained unshakably loyal to him. Indeed, their loyalty is such that you have to wonder if they’ve forgotten what their own Bible says about worshiping other Gods.
Well, People for the American Way’s Right Wing Watch stumbled on something that should make those questions even louder. One of the largest religious right groups is urging its followers to pray against any effort to impeach Trump.
Among the religious right “leaders,” Family Research Council president Tony Perkins has few peers in his loyalty to Trump. You may know Perkins as the guy who famously declared that the religious right was giving Trump a “mulligan” for his past debauched behavior–just as long as Trump continued to give the religious right what it wants on social issues.
Well, it looks like Perkins is returning the favor. Right Wing Watch discovered that sometime in February, Perkins sent a letter to his followers urging them to use their “combined clout” and tell Congress to call a halt to any impeachment talk against their messiah.
As you might expect from any religious right luminary, the letter was overflowing with red meat. Perkins claimed that “the Left” was on a politically motivated crusade to stop Trump from defending “faith, family and freedom” at all costs–including impeachment.
Perkins then asked his followers to sign a pledge that they would pray against any impeachment effort. This pledge has to be seen to be believed.
One has to wonder where Perkins has been over the last three-plus years. There has been plenty of evidence to suggest that his messiah indeed committed impeachable offenses.
For instance, a convincing argument can be made that Trump committed an impeachable offense the minute he took office. He still has controlling interest in his real estate empire, allowing the proceeds from his numerous deals with foreign governments and state-owned companies to flow into his bank account. A number of ethics experts have argued that this violates the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause, which bars government officials from accepting gifts from foreign officials.
His firing of FBI director James Comey could amount to obstruction of justice if it was indeed intended to derail the investigation into Russia’s effort to hack the election. Indeed, as we now know, the firing set off a chain of events that led to Robert Mueller taking over the investigation.
Moreover, the Founders believed that any illegal acts a presidential candidate commits during the campaign could be impeachable. In Trump’s case, the hush money payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal could potentially be impeachable, as they were intended to silence Trump’s mistresses before the election.
And on, and on, and on. The point here is that Perkins is willfully blind. Apparently he is of the same mind as his messiah, who believes that any critical coverage of him is fake news. Unfortunately for Perkins, the American people are not of that mind. Despite three years of Trump’s nonstop efforts to–as he openly admits–deliberately undermine trust in the media, a recent poll by Quinnipiac University found that almost two-thirds of registered voters believe Trump committed crimes before taking office. Watch the gang from Morning Joe discuss this poll here.
That same poll found that more people trust Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, than they do Trump. Cohen, remember, presented checks Trump signed to reimburse him for the hush money–thus implicating Trump in the scheme.
And yet, even in the face of this and other evidence, Perkins and friends are essentially whining, “Leave our messiah alone!” Go right ahead, guys. The bill is coming due for you as well. We now know that you serve two masters.
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