With three months to go before Election Day, Donald Trump and the Republicans are facing some absolutely brutal polling numbers. According to FiveThirtyEight, Trump’s average approval rating is 41.2 percent, while the Democrats lead the generic congressional ballot by just under eight points. If these numbers hold, the Republicans are going to have to take some pretty bitter medicine in 2019.
But the red team should be lucky to be doing even that well. One of the biggest reasons they’re still even in the game is that the religious right remains as loyal to Trump as ever. This loyalty has held even in the face of the almost daily outrages coming from the White House. Not even potentially treasonous behavior is enough to faze them. In the wake of Trump’s shameful performance in Helsinki, a significant sector of the nation’s so-called moral guardians did everything short of put on MAGA hats.
Among them was Rick Wiles of TruNews, a man who is almost in the same class as the likes of Lance Wallnau, Jim Bakker, Rick Joyner, and other high-profile preachers and televangelists who have bowed down to the Orange Calf. His loyalty to Trump ran so deep that in the days after Helsinki, he claimed that liberals and their allies in the deep state were planning a coup against Trump within 72 hours. That timeframe came and went with no coup.
But then again, such talk is to be expected from Wiles. After all, he is on record as saying that opposition to Trump amounts to sedition. No, this isn’t snark. Listen to him say it himself in 2017, courtesy People for the American Way’s Right Wing Watch.
But fear not. Wiles is willing to offer us some medicine to cure us of such seditious and un-American thoughts. On Monday, Wiles and his team at TruNews suggested that there was a sure-fire cure for “Trump Derangement Syndrome.” Drum roll, please–Jesus! Watch for yourself.
To hear the TruNews folks talk, if we just ask Jesus into our hearts, we’ll be cured of “TDS.” And once we let the Holy Spirit work in us, we’ll see that Trump really is making America great again.
Well, that’s interesting. There are quite a few Christians on both sides of the aisle who must have missed that memo, because they oppose Trump with every fiber of their being. And a good number of them are charismatics and Pentecostals, like Wiles–including yours truly.
Has it occurred to Wiles that there are a number of Christians who simply cannot abide Trump’s boorish, obscene, and degrading behavior, even if he has supposedly made the right clucking noises on social issues? Apparently not, judging by this video.
Nor, apparently, has he considered that a number of us realize Trump is taking evangelicals for a ride. For some time, the religious right has claimed that Trump is a baby Christian. But even a cursory glance at his Twitter feed reveals that at bottom, he is still the same man who reveled in degrading women, plastered a private cell phone number on social media, and mocked the disabled is the real Trump.
By Wiles’ logic–a term that must be used in its loosest possible sense when dealing with Trump-worshiping pastors–anyone who opposes Trump is in need of some medicine. And here I thought it was basic decency. Oh, silly me.
Some of my more conservative friends ask me I could possibly oppose Trump when he supposedly stands for the unborn and for traditional marriage. My answer is the same as it was in 2016. Even if I was more conservative on social issues, I could not, and would not, allow a man who behaved in the manner that Trump does in my house. Why should I have voted to put him in the people’s house?
If we’re to believe Wiles, taking this line is a sign of Trump Derangement Syndrome. From where I’m sitting, someone’s in need of a cure–and it definitely isn’t those who oppose Trump because of their faith, not in spite of it.
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