The unholy alliance between Donald Trump and the right-wing evangelical crusaders in America was always a marriage of political convenience. Trump, a profane, serial philandering, greedy, narcissistic, pathological liar, never really liked the religious chumps he suckered into backing him, and they never really liked him either.
From the outset of his political pursuits, Trump sought to exploit the faith-based community. And they were more than willing to be exploited so long as he delivered on their political agenda. Their relationship endured even when Trump portrayed himself as on par with Christ’s divinity.
Well, just like Trump’s other marriages, this one was destined for a messy divorce. The signs of the breakout become more apparent on Monday when Trump called into the right-wing “Real America’s Voice” Internet show with Trump-fluffer, David Brody. Trump revealed that he was very upset with some evangelical leaders for being insufficiently worshipful of him after recent elections exposed his fading influence (video below)…
Brody: Your were the ultimate fighter, the ultimate counterpuncher for sure, and that makes me think of evangelicals, why they loved you twice in those elections. And when you announced your candidacy, at least as it stands now, some of these prominent evangelical leaders that backed you last time are not yet willing to commit – like Robert Jeffers is not, some others. It seems like many of them are waiting to see how the field takes shape before backing anyone. what is your message to them?
Trump: Well, I don’t really care. That’s a sign of disloyalty. There’s great disloyalty in the world of politics, and that’s a sign of disloyalty because nobody, as you know – and you would know better than anybody because you do such a great job – nobody has ever done more for right to life than Donald Trump. I put three Supreme Court justices who all voted [to overturn Roe v. Wade]. And they got something they’ve been fighting for for 64 years. Many, many years. Nobody thought they could win it. They won. Roe v Wade. They won, they finally won.
So Trump says that he doesn’t care that some evangelicals aren’t supporting him now. Sure he doesn’t. He doesn’t care so much that he is blaming them for Republican electoral losses. He was particularly disappointed that they didn’t repay him with their votes for his nomination of three anti-abortion Supreme Court justices. He went on to whine that…
Trump: I was a little disappointed because I thought they could have fought much harder during the election, the 2022 election. Because they won and a lot of them didn’t fight or weren’t really around to fight, and it did energize the Democrats. A lot of people fought for years to get it. They sort of, I don’t know, were protesting and doing what they could’ve done. But with all of that being said, there’s nobody that did more for the movement than I have. And that includes the movement of evangelicals and Christians and the movement very much of ‘right to life.
True to form, Trump is taking all the credit for the Supreme Court’s ruling against reproductive rights. And naturally, he insists that he’s done more than anyone for the cause. In reality, Trump was a pawn of the Republican right and evangelicals. He was put in a position to nominate anti-abortion justices by conservative, theocratic voters. Those justices were then confirmed by the GOP majority in the Senate. That was the plan long before Trump came along.
Trump is also predictably blaming his own failures on others when it’s clear that he was the primary reason that so many of the extremist candidates he endorsed in 2022 lost. Trump is also exhibiting his pattern of expecting complete loyalty to him despite his utter lack of loyalty to anyone else. He’s willing to throw everyone under the bus whenever he believes it benefits him, or if they weren’t bowing low enough. And in this case he’s expecting his cult followers to chose loyalty to him over their lord and savior – which, of course, he thinks he is.
As for the evangelicals, they are proving that to them it has always been about politics. When Trump is no longer helping them achieve their political goals, they ditch him. But when they found him useful, they ignored all of his blatantly sinful ways and his lifelong dismissal of any religion that didn’t worship him. Because, when all is said and done, these evangelicals are no more reverent than Trump.
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Trump says it’s “a sign of disloyalty” that some evangelical leaders (who backed him in the past) haven’t yet endorsed his 2024 presidential bid.
“There’s nobody that’s done more for the movement than I have,” Trump added.pic.twitter.com/XKJnlh4W0E
— Shelby Talcott (@ShelbyTalcott) January 17, 2023
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