“Real Time” host Bill Maher, along with a panel of guests, took at closer look at why exactly evangelical Christians have chosen to cast their lot with a man as blatantly immoral as President Donald Trump and came to an answer on the question of how any Christian could ever support Trump: To gain political power.
During a debate on the “Overtime” segment of the show Friday evening, discussion turned to the raft of anti-abortion bills being passed in states such as Alabama, Georgia, and Missouri over the past couple of weeks, with Center for American Progress CEO Neera Tanden noting:
“This goes back to the debate about abortion. The thing that is happening with the evangelical right is that they have an attitude towards women. His [Trump’s] strongest group of support is evangelicals.”
Author George Packer then added:
“This connects with Saudi Arabia and Iran where theocracy turns religion into power.
“This aspect of the Republican Party is a theocratic party would that would enshrine religion as a way to take people’s right. Power is their end.”
Think back to when Bill Clinton was still president and had an affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Evangelical Christians called for Clinton to be impeached and said he had committed the unforgivable sin of adultery. And a right-wing House of Representatives — led by then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich — agreed, though they failed to garner the votes necessary to find Clinton guilty in the Senate.
And yet today we see so-called Christians willing to accept and forgive Trump for cheating on all three of his wives and paying hush money to porn starts and Playboy models he had affairs with. At the same time, Trump also lies about everything and cannot quote the Bible to save his life.
Power, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger once said, is the ultimate aphrodisiac. And evangelicals are addicted to that power, only too happy to betray their pretend morality just so they can be accepted by a hypocrite like Donald Trump.
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