— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) December 20, 2019
Trump just raged at Christianity Today for calling for his removal.
But Trump responded to CT's *moral* critique of him with a defense that's thoroughly *transactional.*
I'm giving Evangelicals a good deal, so shut up about my corruption!
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) December 20, 2019
… The magazine’s core indictment is that Trump “attempted to use his political power to coerce a foreign leader” to “discredit” one of his “political opponents.” It adds that Trump “abused his authority for personal gain” in a “profoundly immoral” manner that damages the presidency, the country, and “the spirit and the future of our people.”…
Indeed, the transactional cast to Trump’s rage over this is particularly instructive, once you understand that Trump and his top advisers have consciously enlisted the nation’s evangelicals as an army of Trump defenders in the war against impeachment, which is widely depicted in the evangelical movement as a kind of epic persecution of Trump carried out by the godless and the damned.
As Sarah Posner details in a terrific piece, this effort is concerted, multifaceted and highly organized. Numerous high-profile evangelicals regularly depict impeachment as a disruption of God’s plan for America to be governed by Christians in accord with “biblical” values.
Impeachment is merely the weapon that the secular, satanic left is wielding to carry out its broader pro-abortion, anti-religious-liberty agenda, which requires the removal of Trump, the savior of Christian America, all to keep the persecution of Christians going at full throttle…
The editor of Christianity Today just ‘clarified’ that they are, indeed, merely haggling about the price of their vote, now:
… [T]his is neither a criticism of the evangelical Trump voter nor an endorsement of the Democrats. The 2016 election confronted evangelical voters with an impossible dilemma: Vote for a pro-choice candidate whose policies would advance so much of what we oppose, or vote for an extravagantly immoral candidate who could well damage the standing of the republic and the witness of the church. Countless men and women we hold in the highest regard voted for President Trump, some wholeheartedly and some reluctantly. Friends we love and respect have also counseled and worked within the Trump administration. We believe they are doing their best to serve wisely in a fallen world.
We nevertheless believe the evangelical alliance with this presidency has done damage to our witness here and abroad. The cost has been too high. American evangelicalism is not a Republican PAC…
Would you *please* stop saying the quiet parts out loud, Pastor Trump?…
Gosh, congrats on supporting such a Godly man who has done so much for religion. You must be proud.https://t.co/IR3nncxuMQ
— TwoArticleHat (@Popehat) December 20, 2019
Trump certainly has done a lot for religion itself He has made me invoke God more than any other president in my lifetime. I mean, it's usually preceded by "oh my f—ing" but the point still stands.
— ??Dante Atkins?? (@DanteAtkins) December 20, 2019
Oh, whew. For a minute there, I thought it was just about political power at all costs and not about deeply held religious beliefs. https://t.co/HK9OTyZARe
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) December 21, 2019
Naa it’s just game recognizing game. https://t.co/KQUdWpHbhp
— Schooley (@Rschooley) December 21, 2019