I have written about President Trump, his evangelical Christian base, and his connections to religious lunacy a few times on this blog. But while I do focus on politicians when they intermix religion and legislation, I have tried to avoid mentioning Trump too much, because really, this entire blog could be devoted to his insanity and the religious fervor he inspires.
This week, though, I cannot avoid him. On Wednesday he tweeted the below tweets and, well, holy shit. Just when you think he could not be any more bat-shit insane, he 'ahem' trumps himself.
The conservative radio host that Trump is quoting there, Wayne Allyn Root, is not Jewish. Root used to be Jewish, but he became an evangelical Christian years ago. Also, he is an American, not from Israel. That apparently does not stop him from speaking for the Jews of Israel, though.
Check out this column Root wrote for Townhall where he tells Christians who do not support Trump that they are "missing the boat!"
"Maybe God is trying to tell us something important- that now is not the time for a 'nice Christian guy' or a 'gentleman' or a typical Republican powder puff. Maybe now is the time for a natural born killer, a ruthless fighter, a warrior," Root writes.
Trump is a "ruthless fighter" and a "warrior" according to Root. Um, has he seen the guy? Trump is more doughy than the Pillsbury Doughboy.
Root, like Trump, has been fond of promoting conspiracy theories like Former President Barack Obama not having been born in the United States. Root also blamed the Las Vegas shooting in 2017 on Muslim terrorists.
President Trump, being the egomaniac that he is, was so excited to quote Root, who said, "The Jewish people in Israel love him like he’s the King of Israel. They love him like he is the second coming of God...But American Jews don’t know him or like him. They don’t even know what they’re doing or saying anymore."
Hours after posting those tweets, Trump was being interviewed by the press about his trade war with China, which is causing increasing economic stress. In this video, at around the 1:32 mark, he actually refers to himself as "the chosen one" when talking about his purpose and mission in the escalating trade war situation.
This comes on the heels of Israel barring U.S. congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from their country amid very public spats with Trump. Tlaib and Omar, the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, have been vocal critics of Trump. Trump has been very Trumpy about it all, and pressured Israel to prohibit the congresswomen from visiting the country.
Evangelical Christians' love of Donald Trump has been a topic I have touched on a couple of times. When he first won the election in 2016, I covered his appeal to Christians in terms of their agenda, and their willingness to overlook his many, many flaws in order to further that agenda. Then, when Trump moved the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital, I wrote about his appeal to those Christians who desperately want the world to end.
This kind of eschatological madness is infuriating and horrifying to watch from an outsider's perspective. These people who want to valorize Trump as God's flawed chosen vessel for his will are perfectly happy to discard everything that has been accomplished by modern society. They want God to rapture them all up, and burn all those who they consider wicked. These ancient, imaginary superstitions are more important to them than putting any effort into maintaining a functioning society capable of supporting future generations.
What a maddening waste...