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The Religious Right Moves to Cement Political Power Under President Trump

Posted on September 4th, 2017 at 16:02 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment


During his campaign, Trump offered conservative evangelicals a deal: help him take the White House and he would make them more politically powerful than ever before. They took the deal, urged voters to overlook his glaring character flaws, and helped put him in office. Trump’s conservative Christian cheerleaders have told him repeatedly that he is on a divine mission and that God intervened in the election. Religious right leaders upheld their end of the deal and delivered an overwhelming majority of white evangelical votes to Trump. Now he’s upholding his end by giving them more than they might have expected even from a President Pence.

Sometimes it’s hard to figure out who’s using religion more cynically, Trump or his right-wing religious boosters. Trump’s evangelical advisers have been sticking with him even as corporate CEOs started walking away after Trump gave political cover to white nationalists. As long as President Trump is giving them what they want, the religious right continues to explain away his dishonesty, cruelty, and recklessness, and even portrays his political opponents as enemies of God. “Values voters”, indeed.

  1. Donald Trump was asked if he could quote any Bible verses. He replied “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Deport him and you do not have to feed him again”.

  2. I can’t shake the feeling that if Trump were a preacher, he’d be preaching the prosperity gospel – if you’re rich, it’s because God loves you & if you’re poor, it’s because you’re a sinner and should open your wallet & donate(!) because that’s how you get God to love you – and he’d be… well, kind of like he is now.
    Ignorant, opinionated, bigoted and generally clueless…

  3. @Kharkov – I will add in the many US states that if you are poor, you do not need to open your wallet. They open it for you via Civil Asset Forfeiture.

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