Most of the nation knows that Donald Trump’s presidency has been an unmitigated disaster. The religious right, however, doesn’t see it that way. They proclaim that Trump hasn’t just made America great again, but made America Christian again.
To hear Trump’s diehard evangelical supporters talk, we shouldn’t see Trump as the guy who mishandled the nation’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. No, no–we should see him as the man who took this country back from the globalists and satanic-influenced swamp. We should see him as the man who put good, conservative justices on our courts. And on, and on, and on.
The latest installment in this alternative reality came from what has become a familiar source–Steve Strang, founder and publisher of Charisma magazine. Strang has been one of Trump’s loudest and most rabidly loyal cheerleaders for some time. In so doing, he has served up alternative facts in a manner that would make Kellyanne Conway and Sarah Huckabee Sanders proud.
He would have us believe, for instance, that Trump is a modern-day Winston Churchill–forgetting that Churchill, unlike Trump, understood the need to work across party lines in order to unite his country. Strang also thinks that Trump was impeached because those mean old Democrats just didn’t like him.
Strang has kept up the alternative facting during the pandemic. He saw fit to proclaim–with a straight face–that Trump has actually provided “great leadership” during this crisis. If “great leadership” results in over 200,000 people dying from a pandemic that you willfully downplayed, do we want to see incompetence?
Apparently seeing his dear one come down with COVID-19 after months of openly flouting his own administration’s guidelines wasn’t enough to knock the scales off Strang’s eyes. Far from it. He actually thinks that Trump actually became our country’s father.
Last week, Strang sat down for a discussion with another general in the Trumpvangelical Army, Frank Amedia, founder of the ad hoc pro-Trump prayer group POTUS Shield. Amedia told the audience that Trump came out of his three-day stay at Walter Reed as a changed man. Listen here.
Amedia noted, as we all know, that Trump was in pretty bad shape–for instance, he needed to be on oxygen. However, according to Amedia, at this stage Trump “turned his heart” and had someone pray with him.
According to Amedia’s telling, Trump “experienced the love of a father, the Father” in a way that he hadn’t previously experienced. Trump spent the better part of his life trying to prove himself to his father, Fred Trump. He shared a trait with many driven people–“everything was about winning.”
But to hear Amedia talk, something changed. As a 74-year-old morbidly obese man with poor sleep habits, the odds suggested that Trump would face severe complications from the virus if he survived. But in Amedia’s telling, Trump realized that “his God delivered him one more time.” In so doing, God gave Trump a commission much like he gave Hezekiah–“to fulfill some of the assignments still left to him.”
Amedia then mentioned a recent Trump rally in North Carolina, at which he infamously said that the nation was “turning the corner” with the pandemic. At that rally, Trump pointed skyward and said, “It’s about the boss.”
Later, Trump recalled that when someone told him he was “the most popular man in the world,” he replied that Jesus was far more popular than he would ever be. Indeed, Trump supposedly said, “I don’t even come close to Him.” To Amedia’s mind, this was proof that Trump had “humbled himself.”
Strang ate it up. The news of Trump’s supposed transformation led him to proclaim that he wasn’t just our president. Nope, in Strang’s eyes, Trump is now “the father of our country.” Strang argued that it’s another reason that we must give Trump another term “so he can finish the work God has laid out for him.”
Wait a minute. If Trump was really humbled, why did he tweet this just hours before being discharged?
And why did this supposedly humbled man proclaim that he would not take part in a virtual debate with Biden? Why is he still holding rallies with no masks and no social distancing worth mentioning, Etc., etc., ad nauseum.
In a sane world, a president with such an appalling record would have long since been given up for dead politically. So how does Trump have even a minimal chance of winning a second term? Well, now we have our answer–people like Strang are keeping Trump’s most diehard followers in an alternative universe.
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