In the conservative Washington Examiner, Paul Bedard wrote on Tuesday, “Amen corner: Trump makes inroads with social conservatives, evangelicals.”
Donald Trump's surge into the lead of the Republican presidential primary can be credited partly to two groups he has rarely engaged: social conservatives and evangelical Christians.
"Trump is tapping into deep-seated anger in America, a nation founded by Christians 'for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith,'" said David Lane, a prominent national evangelical political organizer. "He's tapping into something at the grassroots, precinct level of America. America is starving for moral, principled leadership. I hope that Donald Trump brings that."
Seriously? David Lane, as regular RWW readers know, is an anti-gay “Christian-nation” political operative who organizes meet-and-greet events and international trips that bring conservative evangelical pastors together with Republican politicians. The oft-married, self-worshipping Trump seems an odd fit for the man who wants to make the Bible the primary textbook in public schools and thinks the purpose of the U.S. government is to advance the Christian faith.
Evangelicals have flirted with Trump before. Recall Trump’s 2012 appearance at Liberty University, where he delivered a speech that Kyle described on RWW as “a typically self-aggrandizing and buffoonish message that was superficially about the importance of God and his Christian but was really about self-promotion and the importance of always getting even with your enemies.”
An unnamed “leader in the social conservative movement” reportedly told Bedard that Trump’s bluster about restoring “order” on the Mexican border has “wowed” voters who are disgusted with Washington.
But other evangelicals were not too happy about Trump’s weekend appearance in Iowa. Trump’s comments denigrating John McCain’s war service got the most mainstream media attention, but Ed Kilgore noted in Washington Monthly that Trump’s response to questions about his faith from pollster Frank Luntz were hardly the kind that would inspire evangelicals: “Luntz asked The Donald if he had ever asked God for forgiveness, and it was really as though the idea had never occurred to him.”
“If I do something wrong, I try to do something right,” he said. “I don’t bring God into that picture.”
Spoken like an ethical agnostic, right? But perhaps sensing his answer wasn’t adequate, he tried to recover:
“When I drink my little wine — which is about the only wine I drink — and have my little cracker, I guess that is a form of asking for forgiveness, and I do that as often as possible because I feel cleansed,” he said.
Byron York also wrote that Trump’s McCain remarks were not the biggest problem coming out of Iowa, saying that a “senior Iowa Republican” was “dumbfounded” by Trump’s comments on religion.
“While there were audible groans in the crowd when Trump questioned whether McCain was a war hero,” the senior Republican said via email, “it was Trump’s inability to articulate any coherent relationship with God or demonstrate the role faith plays in his life that really sucked the oxygen out of the room.”
Steve Benen notes that Jeb Bush jumped to take advantage of Trump’s remarks, telling a conservative radio host that he, Bush, “regularly” asks God for forgiveness. Rick Perry is also trying to use Trump’s dismissal of the need for God’s forgiveness as a way to get some attention, saying that a man too self-absorbed to seek God’s forgiveness does not belong in the White House. It’s worth noting that Perry informally launched his failed 2012 bid with a political prayer rally organized by David Lane and his dominionist allies, making it hard to take Perry seriously when he warns against “false prophets” and messengers “who appeal to anger, division and resentment.”
Lane’s comments are also out of synch with some of his political allies. Sarah Posner pointed out this week that Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and Samuel Rodriguez of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference said last week that they didn’t know a single evangelical who supports Trump, saying Christians are turned off by Trump’s immigrant-bashing. But it seems that Moore and Rodriguez need to get out among their constituents a bit more — Posner notes that a Washington Post poll showed Trump as the preferred candidate of 20 percent of white evangelicals, with 45 percent of white evangelicals saying Trump is “just about right” on the issues. A recent Public Policy Polling survey [PDF] found that Trump had higher favorability ratings among evangelical Republicans than non-evangelicals in the party.
David Lane’s positive comments about Trump, who is currently sitting at the top of the polls, are probably just another example of Religious Right leaders’ habit of publicly demanding religious and political purity, but then throwing their support to whatever politicians the GOP nominates. (James Dobson perfected this move.)
Lane has said his effort to recruit 1,000 like-minded evangelical pastors to run for office — and in the process get hundreds of thousands of conservative Christian volunteer workers to influence the 2016 elections — was inspired by his own pastor’s failed run for the state assembly. Last month that pastor, Rob McCoy, made it to public office, winning a seat on the city council of Thousand Oaks, California.
The American Family Association's Tim Wildmon appeared on the "Point of View" radio program yesterday to make the case that conservative Christians cannot give up fighting for their values because the culture war is really the manifestation of a spiritual battle between God and Satan for the soul of America.
"God made a special carve-out, if you will, in the late 1700s to create this new country called the United States of America," he explained. "It was all birthed out of biblical values or, as my dad calls it, the mind of Christ [for the purpose of spreading] the Christian Gospel all over North America and then we spread the Christian Gospel all over the world. And by 'we,' I mean American Christians."
"This is a spiritual war for America and I think Satan hates America because America has spread the Gospel around the world and we still have a majority Christian nation," Wildmon continued. "That's my view. I can't prove it but I think that's why we're so engaged and we see so much going on for our country's future."
Back in March, a task force that President Obama convened to create recommendations for local policing in wake of the Ferguson protests released its report, which included nonbinding recommendations that local law enforcement track and share various statistics and work to increase trust within their communities.
This, of course, did not sit well with Gun Owners of America’s Larry Pratt, who invited the Tea Party’s favorite sheriff, David Clarke of Milwaukee County, onto his radio program this weekend to discuss how the presidential task force’s report is actually part of President Obama’s plan to “emasculate” the police and impose dictatorial control.
Clarke told Pratt that the report was a “sham” that was “put together on a false narrative” as part of Obama’s “attempt to federalize all local police so he can control them the way that a dictator uses the police in a dictatorship or a police state.”
Pratt responded by citing a 2008 Obama campaign speech that conspiracy theorists have twisted to claim that the president wants to set up a “civilian police force” loyal just to him: “That’s exactly what he said when he was campaigning, that he wanted to have a police force that was superior, or at least equal to, anything else in the country. That’s pretty stunning because our Constitution doesn’t provide for the feds to be cops.”
Clarke, however, said that all of this isn’t just Obama’s fault, but instead a product of “this cultural revolution that’s going on now” driven by liberal elites.
“One of the things that they know they have to do is they have to emasculate the police,” he said. “So this is really not about the use of force. In terms of the left, Ferguson was not about the use of force, it was not about the use of force on black males in these urban centers, it wasn’t even about policing. It is an objective of seizing control, federal control of these law enforcement agencies and turn them into Gestapo-type members to advance their liberal agenda, their socialist agenda.”
“They always talk about the ends justifying the means and, you know, their intentions are masked, okay?” he added. “Their true intention is to implement this socialist agenda here in the United States, to get rid of the United States Constitution, get rid of our representative democracy and replace it with control by a few elites. And that’s not just the people who are here right now, because Barack Obama’s just being used by this whole movement because he has the power, but they put him in power.”
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When the right-wing columnists over at BarbWire aren’t predicting that President Obama will soon commit anti-white genocide or falling for fake news stories, they are warning readers about the ways the Illuminati has taken over the media.
Along with pushing “Illuminati Propaganda,” Castellitto writes, “kids on the inside” like Miley Cyrus “are being seduced and devoured by the Disney demoniacs.”
Looks like now the Beatles weren’t so bad
Mr. Manson makes the Four look fab
‘Cause death and evil is what sells today
And Walter Disney’s spinnin’ in his grave…
Kill the Disney Channel.
Blow up the Illuminati Propaganda being fed to the young and impressionable. Mind seducing cartoons like Gravity Falls, which provides a light-hearted portrayal of “summoning” and is loaded with a plethora of Illuminati-style symbolism: owls, floating eye balls, pyramids, masonic stained glass and Fez hats, is seemingly all the rage these days.
What on earth is happening? This is some sick repugnant ‘you know what’ being produced and mass distributed by a network devoted to children’s programming. Is there anything we will we not tolerate in our day?
The minds, hearts and souls of our children are on the line. When is enough… enough?!?
Look at poor Miley Cyrus! She’s lost not only her mind, but her soul. These kids on the inside are being seduced and devoured by the Disney demoniacs.
Donald Trump appeared today on conservative broadcaster Dana Loesch’s radio show, where he continued to push back against media coverage of his remarks disparaging John McCain and POWs. “I like people who weren't captured,” Trump said during last week’s Family Leadership Summit, mocking the idea that McCain, a Vietnam War POW, was a hero. Trump now says that he didn’t say what he said, insisting that he is being victimized by the liberal media and was simply angry about the fact that McCain has “done nothing to help the vets.”
Trump continued this message on Loesch’s show, once again arguing that his much-maligned comment was “absolutely perfect” while criticizing McCain for supposedly failing veterans.
Eventually, Loesch repeatedly asked the GOP presidential frontrunner “what would Donald Trump do in a Trump administration to improve” the Veterans Affairs system.
Rather than offer specifics, Trump simply boasted about his experience in business management — “I managed a great company, I built a great company” — and criticized U.S. trade relations with China, Japan and Mexico. He also bragged about the simple fact that he is a candidate for president.
Last week, Michael Savage voiced his outrage over the Iranian nuclear agreement, which he connected to the recent killing of military service members in Chattanooga. Since the deal with Iran was signed on July 14 and the shooting occurred on July 16, Savage speculated during “a conspiracy moment” that the attack may have been designed to suppress media coverage of the alleged flaws with the deal.
“A day after the world comes to understand Obama sold the West down the river with his sellout to Iran, giving them the right to develop a nuclear weapon, a day later, a Kuwaiti, an American citizen, opens fire on a Marine base,” Savage said.
He then suggested that the shooter may have been a government pawn who was unleashed to attack that day: “So where’s the conspiracy? I don’t know. I don’t know, it’s a coincidence, isn’t it? Because you forgot Iran already, it’s off the pages. So many people think they actually have a lot of these nuts under control, they’re under surveillance, they’re watching them, and they kind of give them a little trigger-job, along the lines of ‘Manchurian Candidate,’ something loose like that.”
After all, Savage explained, “if it’s the opposite of what Obama said, then ‘hooey’ must be the truth.”
Later in the broadcast, Savage attacked ESPN for giving Caitlyn Jenner its Arthur Ashe Courage Award, wondering when the country will rise up against such cultural degradation: “This creature is now made into a hero, what does that do to our children’s minds? How far can we go in a nation? How low can we sink as a society? How much lower can we go as a society, how much lower? The answer is when you have a fish that is rotting from the head down, there is no bottom to how low this country can go and it will get much, much lower. I don’t know what it’s going to take but something is going to provoke civil unrest as sure as I’m sitting here.”
Frank Gaffney, a birther, anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist, is hosting a “National Security Action Summit” this weekend in New Hampshire, where conference organizers say he will be joined by GOP presidential candidates Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal, Carly Fiorina, Rick Santorum and George Pataki.
At Gaffney’s South Carolina summit in March, Santorum was confronted with a question about Obama’s supposed attempt to nuke Charleston, South Carolina, and his Iowa conference in May was dominated by fears about Muslim immigrants, courtesy of Donald Trump.
One speaker on the schedule of the New Hampshire event is John Guandolo, a disgraced former FBI agent who believes that CIA Director John Brennan is a secret Muslim working for Saudi Arabia and the Muslim Brotherhood. He also thinks President Obama is working for the Islamist cause.
According to Guandolo, Brennan decided to “convert to Islam” in Saudi Arabia as “the culmination of a counterintelligence operation against him to recruit him.” He alleged that Brennan is now aligned with Saudi Arabia and the Muslim Brotherhood, despite the fact that the Saudi government is one of the region’s chief opponents of the Muslim Brotherhood and bankrolled the Egyptian government’s suppression of the group.
While speaking with conspiracy theorist radio host Rick Wiles, Guandolo said U.S. government officials like Brennan want to “aid and abet the enemy, and that is a criminal act,” adding that Obama is similarly “an individual who is significantly sympathetic to the cause of our enemies.”
Guandolo has repeatedly called for Obama and Brennan to be removed from their offices for their “treasonous” ties to Saudi Arabia, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. In fact, Guandolo even believes that Obama is actively aiding Al Qaeda.
Guandolo wants the police to arrest members of Muslim-American affinity groups, claiming that anyone associated with such groups are “terrorists,” and believes Muslims “do not have a First Amendment right to do anything.”
As the myth-busting outlet Snopes said, “Guandolo markets the idea of an imminent, pervasive threat to security in the United States has resulted from a conspiracy by Muslims to infiltrate the government at its highest levels and is paid for his 'expertise' through his being hired to provide lectures and training classes on the subject,”
What was Guandolo doing before he started claiming that the U.S. government is under the control of Islamists who are “having great success of implementing Shariah law”? He was an FBI agent who was forced to resign after he undermined a corruption probe by having sex with a source.
Guandolo was serving as an FBI agent involved in the case against ex-Rep. William Jefferson, a Louisiana Democrat convicted of corruption, when he was caught being “inappropriately aggressive” with Lori Modi, a Virginia businesswoman government informant in the case who, later said that they “had consensual sexual intercourse” on “two occasions.”
“At some point, Guandolo's superiors saw the ‘document’ that ‘detailed his affairs’ with female agents and an internal probe was launched by the DOJ's Office of Professional Responsibility, according to the court filing,” TPM notes. “In the document, which has not been released, Guandolo also says ‘he had had an intimate relationship with a confidential source that he thought could damage an investigation’ -- probably referring to Mody.”
Bruce Alpert of the Times-Picayune reports that Guandolo drove Mody “to all the meetings where she secretly taped and delivered cash to the New Orleans Democrat,” and “after Mody told prosecutors of her relationship with Guandolo, the government announced that they would not call her as a witness and scrambled to have the lead FBI agent in the case provide the testimony to establish the surveillance tapes.”
While Guandolo resigned before an investigation into the sex scandal could be launched (the office can only investigate current employees), he now portrays himself as a victim of Islamists who took over the U.S. intelligence community and purged all dissenters.
But it seems that the sex scandal was good for his career, as Guandolo will now be speaking alongside Republican candidates for the White House.
On yesterday's "Hagee Hotline," John Hagee seized upon the false and deceptively-edited smear video purporting to show a Planned Parenthood executive engaging in the illegal sale of "aborted baby parts," which he naturally likened to Nazi Germany.
"Planned Parenthood was caught on video chatting about the harvesting and sale of infant body parts over a glass of wine," Hagee said. "It brings to mind the evil of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich and Dr. Mengele, the Doctor of Death, and his gruesome brutal butchery of children for his demonic research for the Third Reich."
The discussion in the video, Hagee said, was no different than when "Hitler's monsters tallied up cattle cars transporting Jewish people to Auschwitz," which is why viewers must call Congress and "demand that Planned Parenthood be defunded" in order to "stop this tax-funded murder in the United States of America."
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