Cartoon of baby Jesus only its Trump in the manger

Comic by Clay Jones

A sign at the Columbus’ December 17 Impeach and Remove rally joked: “Impeachment: It’s not just for blow jobs any more.” As funny as this saying is, the reality of what prompted the current impeachment process and society’s response is an atrocious state of affairs.

Even though Christianity Today (CT) came out for impeachment before Christmas, Trump’s die-hard MAGA fanatical white evangelical Christian base still seems to support him. ‘Tis the season for hypocrisy.

Perhaps they believed Trump when he promised during his campaign: "I’m going to be the greatest president God ever created.”

In 1998 CT, a leading voice in the evangelical movement had called for the removal of President Bill Clinton from office. CT argued that Clinton had to go because “unsavory dealings and immoral acts by the President and those close to him have rendered this administration morally unable to lead.”

Two decades later, CT wrote: “…the facts in this instance are unambiguous: The President of the United States attempted to use his political power to coerce a foreign leader to harass and discredit one of the President’s political opponents. This is not only a violation of the Constitution; but more importantly, it is profoundly immoral.”

CT’s consistency didn’t stop Christian evangelist Franklin Graham from denouncing the magazine as an “elitist, liberal wing of evangelicalism,” a standard Trump trick.

Franklin Graham always faithfully rushes like Peter to Trump’s defense. “Franklin Graham has defended the President on television and social media through the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., the crackdowns on immigration and refugees, the Stormy Daniels scandal, and the slur against Haiti and Africa,” summarized the New York Times at the time of his father, Billy Graham’s death in 2018. Dragging the venerated corpse of his deceased father Billy into the fray, the latter a co-founder of Christianity Today, Franklin blathered about how Billy, a lifelong registered Democrat, had voted for Trump.

After getting caught secretly requesting that the Ukrainians investigate the Bidens, a revelation that only came forth because of a patriotic whistleblower, Trump held a press conference blatantly and shamelessly inviting the Chinese to do the same: “…China should start an investigation into the Bidens because what happened in China is just about as bad as what happened with Ukraine,” Trump said. The odd spectacle of a U.S. President at a press conference openly asking one of the most repressive Marxist-Leninist regimes in the world to spy on his political opponents is almost too bizarre to contemplate.

Even stranger is Trump emphatically professing his Christianity. CT provides a nice summary: “He has hired and fired a number of people who are now convicted criminally. He himself has admitted to immoral actions in business and his relationship with women, about which he remains proud. His Twitter feed alone – with its habitual string of mischaracterizations, lies and slanders – is a near perfect example of a human being who is morally lost and confused.”

There. The born-agains have said it. Trump is a documented on-video, pro-sexual assault, liar and manipulator. Don’t forget he paid off a porn star and has a rape claim against him in a New York civil suit.

The most amoral of philosophers Niccolo Machiavelli best reflects Trump’s behavior. In his classic work The Prince he advised the authoritarian ruler to not take religion seriously but to demonstrate publicly on high holy days your belief in the dominant religion. The fact that Trump is lazy and not very good at it, and spoke of “Two” Corinthians instead of Second Corinthians, is just a reminder of how ultimately contemptuous he is of evangelical Christianity.

Comic by Clay Jones

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