No matter how DT and his Hard-Left Cabal of Marxist Morons try to defend, deflect, ignore, and deny there is any wrongful, and illegal ties to Putin-Russian Mob…not only is the research and reporting NOT going away, BUT the scandal and cloud of treason GROWS!
WITNESS just these three stories alone! [NOTE: Each article has a link to full and original source.]
1. The social media accounts run by Russia’s troll factory reached some 30 million people each week during the height of the 2016 campaign:
2. About 100 unwitting Americans were paid to help stage some 40 events across the U.S., organized by these Russian social media accounts:
3. The main topics targeted by these Russian social media accounts included racial animosity; see https://thinkprogress.org/russia-facebook-divisive-culture-96b2d568b916/ , and Texas secession- https://thinkprogress.org/armed-white-supremacist-protest-organized-by-russians-d730f83ca275/
4. One of the fake Russian accounts the @ru_rbc focuses on is BlackMattersUS, which @thinkprogress broke last week:
Posted Oct 17, 2017 4:23 AM CDT Updated Oct 17, 2017 5:57 AM CDT
The nuclear-powered submarine USS Michigan approaches a naval base in Busan, South Korea, amid North Korea’s nuclear and missile provocations on Friday. (Ha Kyung-min/Newsis via AP)
(NEWSER) – North Korea had hoped for a nuclear-free world, the country’s deputy United Nations ambassador claimed Monday—but because of the “extreme” threat from the US, the country has been forced to become a “full-fledged” nuclear power. Kim In Ryong, speaking to the UN’s disarmament committee, warned that the situation on the Korean Peninsula is now so tense that “a nuclear war may break out any moment,” the AP reports. “The entire US mainland is within our firing range, and if the US dares to invade our sacred territory even an inch, it will not escape our severe punishment in any part of the globe,” said Kim, who warned that North Korea “possesses the delivery means of various ranges, including the atomic bomb, H-bomb, and intercontinental ballistic rockets.”
Kim said that until the “nuclear threat of the US is thoroughly eradicated,” Pyongyang “will never put our nuclear weapons and ballistic rockets on the negotiating table under any circumstances.” A day earlier, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that despite North Korean threats, “diplomatic efforts will continue until the first bomb drops.” A North Korean official tells CNN that Pyongyang hasn’t completely ruled out diplomacy—but before entering talks, it wants to perfect a long-range intercontinental missile capable of reaching the US East Coast. Sanctions, meanwhile, are still tightening: Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday that Moscow is cutting ties to North Korea to comply with new UN sanctions. (President Trump might visit the DMZ on his Asia trip next month.)
A Temporary Reprieve from the full on, hard hitting articles, a lighter look at the issues…still through the lens of TRUTH… let us commence….
No one’s mind is inferior to DT’s!
For well over 60 years we’ve had GIRL scouts. Do NOT need to allow girls in BOY Scouts, NOR vice versa! THIS is an abomination!!
From Boy and Girl Scouts to HellyWeird and DC
And while DT, DC, the Scouts, and the Entertainment world roar with stupidity…THIS is happening!!
IT IS GREAT HYPOCRISY! GUNS DO NOT KILL! EVIL PEOPLE, 99.99% OF THE TIME THEY’RE LIBERALS, KILL!
DT-CARE IS NO BETTER, IT’S ACTUALLY WORSE! MORE MARXISM, AKA SINGLE PAYER.
TOO BAD HE WAITED TO BE LEAVING OFFICE TO SAY ANYTHING…ALSO TOO BAD THAT LEE, RUBIO, SASSE, CRUZ et al AREN’T SPEAKING OUT AND TAKING ACTION AGAINST THIS VILE TYRANT!!!
DON’T INSULT DON RICKLES! DT IS A LAME-BRAINED, HOT-HEADED, NY LIBERAL, FRAUD, CON AND BIGLY JACKASS!!!
This morning I phoned my old friend, a Republican former member of Congress.
Me: So what’s up? Is Corker alone, or are others also ready to call it quits with Trump?
He: All I know is they’re simmering over there.
Me: Flake and McCain have come pretty close.
He: Yeah. Others are thinking about doing what Bob did. Sounding the alarm. They think Trump’s nuts. Unfit. Dangerous.
Me: Well, they already knew that, didn’t they?
He: But now it’s personal.It started with the Sessions stuff. Jeff was as loyal as they come. Trump’s crapping on him was like kicking your puppy. And then, you know, him beating up on Mitch for the Obamacare fiasco. And going after Flake and the others.
Me: So they’re p*ssed off?
He: Not just that. I mean, they have thick hides. The personal stuff got them to notice all the other things. The wild stuff, like those threats to North Korea. Tillerson would leave tomorrow if he wasn’t so worried Trump would go nuclear, literally.
Me: You think Trump is really thinking nuclear war?
He: Who knows what’s in his head? But I can tell you this. He’s not listening to anyone. Not a soul. He’s got the nuclear codes and, well, it scares the hell out of me. It’s starting to scare all of them. That’s really why Bob spoke up.
Me: So what could they do? I mean, even if the whole Republican leadership was willing to say publicly he’s unfit to serve, what then?
He: Bingo! The emperor has no clothes. It’s a signal to everyone they can bail. Have to bail to save their skins. I mean, Trump could be the end of the whole godd*m Republican party.
Me: If he starts a nuclear war, that could be the end of everything.
He: Yeah, right. So when they start bailing on him, the stage is set.
Me: For what?
He: Impeachment. 25th amendment.
Me: You think Republicans would go that far?
He: Not yet. Here’s the thing. They really want to get this tax bill through. That’s all they have going for them. They don’t want to face voters in ’18 or ’20 without something to show for it. They’re just praying Trump doesn’t do something really, really stupid before the tax bill.
Me: Like a nuclear war?
He: Look, all I can tell you is many of the people I talk with are getting freaked out. It’s not as if there’s any careful strategizing going on. Not like, well, do we balance the tax bill against nuclear war? No, no. They’re worried as hell. They’re also worried about Trump crazies, all the ignoramuses he’s stirred up. I mean, Roy Moore? How many more of them do you need to destroy the party?
Me: So what’s gonna happen?
He: You got me. I’m just glad I’m not there anymore. Trump’s not just a moron. He’s a despicable human being. And he’s getting crazier. Paranoid. Unhinged. Everyone knows it. I mean, we’re in sh*t up to our eyeballs with this guy.
IT’S NOT THE GUN…IT’S THE EVIL PERSON.
The Jackasses who voted for this mentally, morally, emotionally, and spiritually unstable con, liar and fraud are fully responsible for his destructive actions!!!!
TOO LATE…LIKE N. KOREA THEY ALREADY HAVE IT.
THIS IS WHAT LIBERALISM DOES-
IN CLOSING, ONE MORE TIME, IT’S NOT THE GUNS, IT’S EVIL PEOPLE AND THEIR LIBERAL ENABLERS!
It happens cyclical. The argument/debate arises that “The G.O.P. must move to Center-Right, Moderate, Compromise…”, “IF the G.O.P. wants to win we NEED to moderate on the issues….”, “We have to broaden our tent if we want to win elections…”
As diplomatically as I can let me say:
THAT IS A LIE! Every time we move Left we LOSE. Ford. GHWB. Dole. McCain. Romney. And EVERY TIME we run on solid Constitutional-Conservative Principles WE WIN! Even lying, dirty, RINO Nixon won 2 LANDSLIDES by running as a Conservative. NO more talk of Conservatism “can’t win” WHEN ALL IT DOES IS WHEN!!
THIS IS A LIBERAL:
WE DO NOT “NEED” TO MOVE ONE INCH IN THEIR DIRECTION! DO NOT COMPROMISE WITH THEM! DEFEAT THEM! BE CONSERVATIVE! WIN, AND WIN BIG!!
The latest debate among a group of 48 Conservative friends of mine on twitter, and among Conservatives on FB (including some of my own famliy) is that:
“We can NOT win by being Pro-Life.”
“We can NOT win by being Pro-Traditional Marriage/Family.”
“We can NOT win by being strong of Conservatives.”
“We MUST move to Center-Right.”
“We have to be more compromising…”
To which I say:
Every G.O.P. in Congress, or made it to the White House, has been, or at least campaigned on Conservatism…and that includes two biggest RINO vermin in the last 117 years: Nixon and Trump!
Nixon ran ON Conservatism, governed Moderate. Dishonest, BUT sane, and knew how to really get things done.
Trump ran sort of on Conservatism, I mean, his opponent WAS his best friend, and an incompetent, loser, and just as Liberal as Trump…BUT at least DT sort of ran as a Conservative…sort of… So far has governed like a hot-headed, banana-republic, egomaniacal, douche-bag DICTATOR!!
Exclude those two and every other G.O.P. victory was one by the absolutely MOST Conservative candidate running…every single time.
So, let me make a list asking straight-up, 100% serious questions, and then it will be time for HONEST ANSWERS!
How can you be too pro-life? Ameirca’s Founders, and later in the Amendments, in theirenumerating of our most sacred of God-Given rights listed LIFE FIRST ALL THREE TIMES (The Declaration of Independence, The 5th Amendment, and 14th Amendment all list LIFE FIRST)…NO LIFE you have no use for “Liberty, and The Pursuit of Happiness/Private Property”.
How can you be too pro-traditional marriage/family? Every founder, every colony, every state had ANTI-Sodomy, Anti-Polygamy, Anti-Incest, Anti-Pedophilia, and, because some sick perverts needed it, Anti-Bestiality and Anti-Necrophilia laws.
How can you be too pro-2nd Amendment? The Las Vegas killer? The Orlando killer? Columbine? Sandy Hook? Oregon? Even Chicago… the murderer broke the NUMBER ONE, and the ONLY “gun law” we need besides The 2nd Amendment…that law they all broke? DON’T USE A GUN TO COMMIT MURDER/A CRIME!!!! You could fill the largest NFL stadium from field to lights with fully loaded guns- safety OFF- and NO one would be hurt. But let Cain pick up a ROCK and bonk Abel on the head and kill him…will we ban rocks? FBI criminal statistics prove year in and year out the NUMBER ONE means to murder someone is NOT a gun, is NOT a knife, it’s the BARE HANDS via beating or strangling…are we going to BAN HANDS?
How can you be too much for Constitutionally RESTRICTED government? Really, how can anyone argue for MORE government, MORE regulations, MORE restrictions, MORE infringement, and LESS freedom, LESS liberty, LESS private property?!! Name ONE thing NOT mentioned BY God or America’s Founders concerning government that government does BETTER than the private sector?!! ONE?!!
How can you be too pro-tax cut? YOU work/worked for YOUR money. IT IS YOURS. NOT anyone else’s. They didn’t do squat to earn ONE penny of YOUR money!! HERE is what OUR founders and the 2nd, and 3rd generation USE TO THINK.
How can one be too pro-spending cut? Jefferson said it BEST: “The government that governs LEAST governs best.” Again, name ONE thing government does BETTER than the Private Sector/Free Market…I’ll be waiting…a LONG time.
How can you be too traditional values/morals? Do we really want OUR leaders to be: covetous? boasters? liars? cons? frauds? blackmailers? arrogant? thieves? murderers? adulterers? fornicators? sexually depraved? hot-headed and ill-tempered, spoiled, rotten, punk, thug, brats? I include the sexual sins because if YOU can’t be honest and faithful to God and your spouse you will NOT be faithful to your oath to defend the Constitution and America!!
I could add more, but those cover most of it, and allude to much more.
The point is simply this:
YOU CAN NOT BE TOO RIGHT.
YOU CAN NOT BE TOO GOOD.
YOU CAN NOT BE TOO MORAL.
YOU CAN NOT BE TO BIG A DEFENDER OF “LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS”.
It is simply IMPOSSIBLE to BE “too Conservative”…and anyone who says otherwise is NOT Conservative.
Now for a montage of the alternative to Conservatism:
DT is the same, except on steroids and with rage issues.
Really? YOU pass the laws…when did YOU pass that one?!!
An #AlwaysTrump friend of mine challenged me to “prove it” when I stated something less than flattering about our President.
This was my response. Too much? I’m honestly at a loss as to how to reach those that belong to what is quickly becoming an actual cult.
“No one can show you proof.It’s impossible for you to see. If it’s a news source, you claim it’s fake. If it’s a blog, it’s not real. If it’s a video of Donald Trump himself, you claim it’s taken out of context. If I give the context, then he’s joking. If all else fails, and he so blatantly lies that even you can’t deny it, then he’s playing brilliant 7D chess that mere mortals simply can’t understand.
Nothing bad can EVER be proven to you, because you will stick your head in the sand and your fingers in your ears, and deny, deny, deny. And then, lol, you’ll find a way to bring Ted Cruz into it, as a way to ease your guilt.
This unthinking, unswerving, unquestioning, worship of one man is the single most dangerous thing that can happen in politics. THIS is how dictators and fascists come to power. On the shoulders of the willfully blind.
You really need to stop and think about this. I’ve never seen a bad man that has been so truly idolized by good people who turn a dead ear and a blind eye to every single fault.
It’s not Trump that keeps me up at night. It’s his hordes of former conservatives that have determined to cheer, without any regard to what he actually does. The untold millions of zombie sheep are far more dangerous than one moronic President.
I beg you not to be among them. There was a time when you stood for integrity, honor, freedom, liberty, and the Constitution. Now, you’ve been reduced to nothing but Trump.
I still argue with you, because I see potential in you.”
THAT is 100% spot-on TRUE.
Daily on my Twitter feed and TL, and in the conversations in open forum I see this.
Two days ago about 48 of us REAL, PRINCIPLED, TRUE CONSTITUTIONAL-CONSERVATIVES had started a new thread just for us to chat freely without #TrumpTards, aka #LibTurds, butting in with idiotic defend-n-deflect tactics to protect their orange god, DT.
No matter what facts, quotes, evidence, video of DT saying and doing EXACTLY what we said he does…
The #TrumptTurdTrolls begin to parrot the following anal blather:
YOU’RE TAKING DT OUT OF CONTEXT…EVEN THOUGH WE POSIT 10 LINKS TO DIRECT DT QUOTES WITH VIDEO!!!
LASTLY, YOU THEN INSIST THAT THIS BUMBLING, MORONIC, HOT-HEADED, NY LIBERAL, EGOMANIAC, BLABBER-MOUTH, DROOL-MONKEY IS, IN REALITY, A SUPER GENIUS WHO IS: “HONEST“, EVEN WHEN LYING; “COOL HEADED”, EVEN WHEN IN A FROTHING RAGE; “HUMBLE AND MODEST”, EVEN WHEN BRAGGING ABOUT HIMSELF AND HIS $$$$ FOR HOURS ON END; “A MORAL EXAMPLE”, EVEN WHEN SAYING I’D DO MY OWN DAUGHTER or GRAB THEM BY THE PUSSY!!
I will now go beyond what Steve Riker said and be even bolder and emphatically state:
You wouldn’t believe “the true Bad” about DT if YOU watched him rape and murder someone yourself. If The Lord Jesus Christ came to you and said DT IS The Pawn of Satan YOU’D want to crucify Jesus again!!!!
YOU DT supporters no different than the Jim Jones or Charles Manson cults….
BLIND, DEAF, AND DELUDED to facts, reality, truth, and all reason!
WASHINGTON — At least six of President Trump’s closest advisers occasionally used private email addresses to discuss White House matters, current and former officials said on Monday.
The disclosures came a day after news surfaced that Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and adviser, used a private email account to send or receive about 100 work-related emails during the administration’s first seven months. But Mr. Kushner was not alone. Stephen K. Bannon, the former chief White House strategist, and Reince Priebus, the former chief of staff, also occasionally used private email addresses. Other advisers, including Gary D. Cohn and Stephen Miller, sent or received at least a few emails on personal accounts, officials said.
Ivanka Trump, the president’s elder daughter, who is married to Mr. Kushner, used a private account when she acted as an unpaid adviser in the first months of the administration, Newsweek reported Monday. Administration officials acknowledged that she also occasionally did so when she formally became a White House adviser. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter with reporters.
Officials are supposed to use government emails for their official duties so their conversations are available to the public and those conducting oversight. But it is not illegal for White House officials to use private email accounts as long as they forward work-related messages to their work accounts so they can be preserved.
THEN THERE IS THIS-
The Many Scandals of Donald Trump: A Cheat Sheet
One of the women who accused Trump of sexual misconduct has sued him for defamation after he labeled her claims false.
Donald Trump is now president and not just a private citizen, but that doesn’t mean he’s free of the controversies that dogged him in his former life.
Last week, a few days before Trump’s inauguration, former Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos sued him in New York state, accusing the president of defamation. Zervos, who’s represented by the famous lawyer Gloria Allred, was one of the several women who accused Trump of sexual assault or misconduct prior to the election. She claims that he kissed her and pressed his genitals against her non-consensually. Trump denied those claims, saying all of the women who had accused him had made their stories up. So Zervos sued him for defamation.
“I wanted to give Mr. Trump the opportunity to retract his false statements about me and the other women who came forward,” she said, as my colleague Nora Kelly reported. She added that she would withdraw the suit if Trump said she had been truthful. That seems unlikely, since a spokeswoman dismissed the suit immediately…
…The 2016 presidential campaign saw a long string of stories showing scandals involving Trump, both large and small—from questionable business dealings to allegations of sexual assault. While they did not derail his presidential hopes, many of them remain live issues as Trump begins his transition to the White House.
The breadth of Trump’s controversies is truly yuge, ranging from allegations of mafia ties to unscrupulous business dealings, and from racial discrimination to alleged marital rape.They stretch over more than four decades, from the mid-1970s to the present day. To catalogue the full sweep of allegations would require thousands of words and lump together the trivial with the truly scandalous. Including business deals that have simply failed, without any hint of impropriety, would require thousands more. This is a snapshot of some of the most interesting and largest of those scandals.
Where and when: Various, 1970s-2005
The dirt: Even before the release of a 2005 video in which he boasted about sexually assaulting women—“Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything,” he said, as well as “I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything”—there’s a long line of allegations against Trump. Jill Harth says Trump assaulted her in the 1990s. Trump’s ex-wife Ivana Trump once suggested he had raped her, though she has since recanted her story. Former Miss Utah Temple Taggart said he kissed her on the lips inappropriately. But since the release, more women have come forward. Two told The New York Timesthat Trump had assaulted them, one saying he tried to put his hand up her skirt on a flight in the 1970s and another saying he forcibly kissed her. A Florida woman says Trump groped her. A former People reporter recounted an alleged assault at his Mar-a-Lago debate, and says he told her, “You know we’re going to have an affair, don’t you?” Several former teen pageant contestants said Trump walked in on them while they were naked or partially dressed.The upshot: Trump denies all of the allegations. In the sexual-assault cases, Trump faces the difficulty that he in some cases bragged openly about just the behavior of which he has accused—whether grabbing or forcibly kissing. Trump has demanded a retraction from the Times, and has threatened to sue several outlets. The paper, in a letter, refused. A woman who brought a rape case against Trump (twice) withdrew her suit in November [due to threats from Trump], but in January, Summer Zervos sued Trump for defamation, after he labeled her claims of sexual assault false.
The Beauty Pageant Scandals
Where and when: Various, 1992-present
The dirt:TheBoston Globe’s Matt Viser reports on the mess of the American Dream pageant in 1992. After years of attending beauty pageants—Trump seems to have always enjoyed the company of beautiful, scantily clad women—he decided he wanted to get in on the business himself, meeting with George Houraney and Jill Harth, a couple that ran the American Dream pageant. It was an ill-fated effort. Harth and Houraney alleged that Trump started making passes at her almost immediately. On one occasion, Trump allegedly asked them to bring some models to a party. Harth alleges Trump groped her at the party. In a limo afterward, another model said she heard him say that “all women are bimbos” and most “gold diggers.” Trump reportedly joined another model in bed, uninvited, late at night. On other occasions, he forced Harth into bedrooms and made passes at her, she said. But after the contest, Trump broke off dealings. Harth sued Trump, alleging sexual misbehavior, while the couple together sued him for breach of contract. In the suit, they also alleged that Trump had kept black women out of the pageant.
The upshot: The couple settled with Trump for an unannounced sum, and Harth dropped her suit. Trump has denied all the allegations. But it wasn’t Trump’s last turn in the pageant business. A few years later, he bought the Miss Universe pageant, which also includes Miss USA and Miss Teen USA. “Honestly, when I bought [Miss Universe], the bathing suits got smaller and the heels got higher and the ratings went up,” he boasted to Vanity Fair later. In 2012, he won a $5 million suit against a former contestant who claimed the contest was rigged. By 2015, he operated Miss Universe as a joint venture with NBC, but after he slurred Mexican immigrants at his campaign launch, Univision and NBC both announced they would not air the pageant. Trump bought out NBC’s share, then promptly sold the company. He sued Univision but settled in February. The terms were undisclosed.
[NOTE: I’ll post just one more from this LONG LIST of DT Scandals.]
Racial Housing Discrimination
Where and when: New York City, 1973-1975
The dirt: The Department of Justice sued Trump and his father Fred in 1973 for housing discrimination at 39 sites around New York. “The government contended that Trump Management had refused to rent or negotiate rentals ‘because of race and color,’” The New York Times reported. “It also charged that the company had required different rental terms and conditions because of race and that it had misrepresented to blacks that apartments were not available.” Trump called the accusations “absolutely ridiculous.”
The upshot: The Trumps hired attorney Roy Cohn, who had worked for Joe McCarthy and whom Michael Kinsley once indelibly labeled “innocent of a variety of federal crimes.” They sued the Justice Department for $100 million. In the end, however, the Trumps settled with the government, promising not to discriminate and submitting to regular review by the New York Urban League—though crucially not admitting guilt. The Times has much more on the long history of allegations at Trump-owned properties
It’s very simple. If a man has no moral center, if he has ambition but no faith, if he does not demonstrate humility or integrity, I will never vote for him for president. I don’t care who he is, what he’s done, what he says, or what positions he holds. None of that will matter when we are living under his tyranny, and tyranny is sure to follow when you give unspeakable power to a man who believes he is God.
I’ll put this another way: if you vote for a man who worships himself over God, you deserve the tyranny that happens next.
You deserve it because you chose it, just as the souls in Hell deserve Hell because they chose it. If you go to the ballot box and say, “I am going to do my part to put this self-absorbed pagan in charge of my nation” you are directly consenting to the inevitable result. You are embracing it. You are literally asking for it.
I know this will not resonate with atheists, but for us God-fearing folk it is extraordinarily obvious and irrefutable that we ought to only vote for other God-fearing folk. John Adams said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” I think it goes without saying that if the governed ought to be moral and religious, certainly the governor sought to be the same, and arguably more so.
That brings me to Donald Trump. I’ve tried to talk sense into Trump fans a thousand different ways and to no avail. It is a mob mentality driving Trump-mania, and mobs are famously difficult to reason with.
There is no use in trying to appeal to them as one group, anyway. Many elements comprise the Trump base, and most of them have values and principles that are completely antithetical to what any real conservative believes. But in the middle of this bizzare Trumpling potpourri are, apparently, Christians. Perhaps a vast number of them.
Indeed, many Christians have fallen for the Donald; there’s no way he could be doing well in Iowa without them. The melding of Trumpianity with Christianity has been among the more awkward and grotesque phenomenons I’ve ever witnessed in my life. I watch it unfold feeling like a guy whose best friend just started dating the town floozy. I try to tell him that she’s sleeping around, she’s betraying him, she’ll break his heart, but he’s too smitten to hear me. I fear many of my brothers and sisters in Christ are making the same mistake, and the spectacle is causing me an immense amount of emotional and spiritual pain.
The situation boiled over on Monday when Trump was invited to speak at Liberty University, a private Christian college in Virginia. After that display, I had no choice but to write this final desperate plea to Christian Trump fans.
Granted, all presidential candidates have been offered an audience at the university, but one wonders if they all receive such an adoring welcome. Jerry Falwell Jr., president of the university, came out to introduce the great Trump. Falwell showered him with effusive, worshipful praise, calling him a “visionary,” a “breath of fresh air” who “speaks truth.”
Falwell said his “admiration” for Trump continues to grow, and he’s especially excited whenever he gets to visit the Donald’s offices in New York. With each sycophantic sentence he sounded less like the head of an academic institution and more like a boy bragging about his dad to his friends on the playground.
Falwell rattled off a list of Trump’s charitable endeavors, calling him generous and friendly and personable. He beamed that Trump “cannot be bought” because he’s not a “puppet on a string,” unlike “other candidates.” The unrepentant butt kissing went completely off the rails when Falwell hailed Trump’s “servant leadership” and insisted that Trump “lives a life of loving and helping others, as Jesus taught.” Falwell didn’t stipulate whether trying to steal property from elderly widows so he can build casinos fits under the “loving and helping others” umbrella.
He dismissed Christian criticisms of the candidate by saying the qualities needed to run the country aren’t the same as the qualities needed to run a church. Finally, in a moment that appeared to be a desperate cry for help, Falwell began comparing Trump to Jesus, Martin Luther King Jr, and his own father. After about 15 excruciating minutes, he wrapped up his introduction/adoration ritual by declaring that Trump “loves this country and desires more than anything to make American great again.”
It wasn’t an endorsement. It was practically a marriage proposal.
I didn’t watch the Trump spiel that followed in full, but I did see him begin his remarks, as Jesus used to do, with the requisite 10-minute boast about his poll numbers. Trump did make one attempt to pretend to know something about the Christian faith, and it was, as Trump would say, a total disaster:
“And I asked Jerry, and I asked some of the folks, because I hear this is a major theme right here. But two Corinthians, right? Two Corinthians 3:17. That’s the whole ballgame. Where the spirit of the Lord — right? Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. And here there is Liberty college…. But this is really, is that the one? Is that the one you like? I think that’s the one you like. Because I loved it. And it’s so representative of what’s taken place. But we are going to protect Christianity… And we’ve gotta protect it. Because bad things are happening. Very bad things are happening… If you look at this country, it’s gotta be 70 percent, 75 percent, some people say even more. No matter where I go, we’re having tremendous crowds and we’re setting records…”
Some people are having fun at Trump’s expense because of how he pronounced the verses — “two” instead of “second” — but that’s an unfair criticism. Obviously Trump can’t be expected to know the correct pronunciations. The guy can’t even name a book in the Bible, for goodness sake. And that’s because Trump is not a Christian by any stretch of the imagination.
His behavior doesn’t appear to be any more “Christian” than his theology. We won’t talk about the fact that he’s a serial adulterer who abandoned his family (twice) to shack up with younger women. We won’t get into how his ex-wife once alleged that he ripped out chunks of her hair and violated her. We won’t delve into how the great Christian Trump sent his lawyer to intimidate and censor journalists who write about those accusations, and how his attorney recently told The Daily Beast, “I’m warning you, tread very f**king lightly, because what I’m going to do to you is going to be f**king disgusting. You understand me?” (Is that what you call “servant leadership,” Mr. Falwell?)
To be clear — but, like I said, I’m not harping on it — Trump believed that it should be legal to stab a child in the skull as it is in the process of being birthed, cut a hole in its head, and suck its brain out through a tube. Trump thought such atrocities should be legally protected, and he thought that up until the moment when he developed an ambition to run for president as a Republican. Even after this miraculous conversion, he stillsays abortion isn’t murder, that he’s only pro-life “with caveats,” and that Planned Parenthood “serves a good function.” Worst of all, he’s made it clear that he wouldn’t mind putting radical pro-abortion zealots on the Supreme Court.
But whatever. That was then, this is now. Well, a lot of it is now, too. Probably all of it. But forget that. Let’s pretend he wasby his own admission a conniving, ethically bankrupt, womanizing, billionaire elitist TV star who believed in the legal legitimacy of butchering viable infants, but that all ended a few years ago when he turned 65 and finally grew up.
So what about now? Is he running as a Christian today? We know he can’t speak semi-coherently about the Bible, he has no understanding of basic Christian teaching, he thinks Christianity does not require us to ask for forgiveness, and our relationship with Christ can be measured using polling data, but does he otherwise carry himself as anything resembling a Christian?
I don’t see it, do you?
I see a guy who lies constantly and blatantly. I see a man who changes his positions and his principles at the drop of a hat. I see a deeply immature man who insults people on Twitter but lacks the courage to face them in person. I see someone who fashions himself “politically incorrect” but is really just a cruel and bitter old man who thinks it’s funny to mock the disabled. I see a man with no honor who launches vulgar attacks on women and then lies about what he said. I see a phony who brazenly exploits the fears of the American public.I see a guy whose recklessness and greed drives his businesses into bankruptcy, and I see a guy who tries to silence journalists when they report on it. I see a guy who jazzes up the crowd at campaign rallies by bragging about his money and threatening to throw protesters out into the cold without their coats. And so on.
Look, I know none of these criticisms resonate with many Trump fans because Trump fans are fans of Trump. Period. That’s all. The end. They like him and whatever he says and whatever he does. It’s a cult of personality like any other the world has seen.
That’s why I’m only talking to Trump’s Christian supporters. The question you have to ask yourselves is this: Is there any evidence at all that Trump is a Christian? I think the answer is clear.
Next you must ask: Should we, as Christians, elect someone whose actions and beliefs run counter to our core values? Should we elect someone who is not only godless, but represents himself as God fearing for the sake of using and manipulating us?
Again, the answers are clear.Any Christian who is serious about his faith knows, first, that man separated from God cannot be trusted.Our faith and trust should be in God alone, and we can trust another man only to the extent that he has faith in God. A man who rejects God is a man with no true strength, no identity, and no fidelity to truth.A man who rejects God is a man spinning uncontrollably in the darkness; a man who soon becomes his own golden calf, his own idol, the center of his own universe. How could any Christian possibly choose to elevate such a man to our nation’s highest office?
Second, our country was founded on Judeo-Christian principles, and it will only be saved if it returns to those principles. That is, if it rediscovers its reverence for God, its belief in the dignity of human life, its understanding of justice and Natural Law, its respect for and recognition of Truth, etc. If our country continues to ignore and undermine these values, we will be destroyed. We may or may not retain our name and our borders, but what’s contained inside will be dead and rotten and not worthy of saving anymore. This reclaiming of our foundational ideals will not happen just by electing a Christian president, but I fail to see how electing a power hungry secularist liberal could possibly help the effort.
Third, everything we do must be for the glory of God.
“Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” – 1 Corinthians 10:31.
I do not think voting is excluded from this directive. We should make our politics subordinate to the Gospel, not the other way around. When we vote we should think, “Am I glorifying the Lord with this decision?”
Falwell suggested that the abilities of a pastor and president need not be the same. Perhaps Falwell is correct that their resumes ought to look a little different, but certainly he must realize that their character traits should be virtually identical:
Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task.Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect.(If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?)…He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap. – 1 Timothy 3
Yes, Paul is not specifically telling us what sort of man should be president of the United States, but he is listing characteristics necessary for effective leadership.Temperate, self-controlled, respectable, not a lover of money, able to manage his family, etc. As Christians, should we not take this into account when we decide who to put in charge of the entire country? Can you as a Christian possibly argue that our nation would be somehow hurt by a leader who carries himself in this manner? Can you say Trump fits the bill here? I mean can you say it without laughing?
I’m not telling you who to vote for. Even someone who appears to behave and speak as a Christian may still be a wolf in sheep’s clothing. We can’t know for certain. But when the truth is advertised so clearly, when the character of a man and the sincerity of his convictions (or lack thereof) are made so obvious, we must respond accordingly. We can’t close our eyes to the truth, no matter how unpopular the truth may be.
Our country will not be helped by more godless, self-serving, petty, morally weak leadership. We’ve had quite enough of that, and I think it’s time to go a different route. A man of faith and integrity in the White House — now there’s a novel approach.
At least it’s worth a try, wouldn’t you say?
HOW CAN SO MANY OTHERWISE SMART, (SUPPOSEDLY) CONSERVATIVE, AND CHRISTIAN PEOPLE SUPPORT DT?
HERE’S THE ANSWER-
2 Thessalonians 2:2-12 King James Version (KJV)
2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.