Earlier this week, this nation may have suffered its worst defeat since the Vietnam War–without even firing a shot. Donald Trump got the bright idea to go to Helsinki and meet alone with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, a former KGB agent who is trained to sniff out weaknesses in his adversaries and exploit them to the full.
And Putin did so–bigly. He got Trump to uncritically accept Putin’s claim that he didn’t hack the 2016 election–and in the process, throw his own intelligence community under the bus. Moreover, it came just days after 12 Russian military intelligence agents were indicted for their role in stealing thousands of Democratic emails–in the process, exposing thousands of innocent Americans to identity theft.
But one rabidly pro-Trump pastor/evangelist made it clear that he’s outraged by the outrage over Trump’s remarks. Indeed, he suggested that they may actually be helping Russia.
As I write this early Saturday afternoon, Trump’s average approval rating as measured by FiveThirtyEight stands at an absolutely brutal 41.7 percent. One of the biggest reasons it’s even that high is that the religious right is still all-in for him. But even by those standards, one so-called moral guardian stands out in his loyalty to the Orange Calf–Lance Wallnau. He’s of the mind that those who oppose Trump risk letting the devil into their homes, and don’t know that God’s reputation depends on Trump staying in the White House.
In light of this, it came as no surprise that Wallnau was among those fundies who are still willing to bow down to Trump even after that disaster in Helsinki. He made that clear on Twitter as the bipartisan outrage built up to a boil.
How far that loyalty ran became clear in a message to his Facebook followers on Friday. Wallnau railed about one of his favorite topics–how the media was out to “destroy the president.” He believed that the reason Trump looked so haggard and slumped over at Helsinki was due to the weight of the “principalities and powers” he’s facing.
To Wallnau’s mind, there was really no reason for Trump to accept the Intelligence Community’s finding that Russia hacked the election. After all, many of its members are part of a “deep state” plot to bring Trump down.
But then Wallnau engaged in a torrent of alternative facts. He claimed that FBI Director Christopher Wray said Russia only cropped up in the news “around trying to divide America.” He then harrumphed that the Kremlin didn’t need to engage in such tactics because our media supposedly does a good job of it.
“Who needs Russia when you’ve got CNN and MSNBC? They might as well be working for the KGB. They do a better job of dividing America than Russia could possibly do.”
Wallnau then told his audience that Wray believed we should really be concerned about China. It turns out Wallnau was conflating Wray’s actual remarks at the Aspen Institute. While Wray did say that China was “the broadest and most significant threat” the United States faces due to a campaign of economic espionage, he still stood behind the Intelligence Community’s assessment that Russia hacked the election–and continues to hack our political climate.
But even without that to consider, does Wallnau seriously believe that the media is doing the work of the Federal Security Service, successor of the KGB, by merely doing their job–reporting critically on Trump’s outrageous behavior in Helsinki? It sure sounds like it.
Oh, silly us. In Trumpland, any even remotely critical coverage of Trump is fake news. So when the media calls out Trump, it’s saying that it doesn’t want him to make America great again. Therefore, it’s not working in this nation’s interests, but in the interests of Russia and the Kremlin. Got it.
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