David Lane, the Christian right kingmaker in American politics, is definitely warming up to the idea of Donald Trump as president. Despite no history whatsoever of agreeing with him on anything and nothing at all to indicate Trump even thinks about religion, he had this to say:
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.”
“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.
If the Christian right manages to embrace a guy who clearly doesn’t really believe in anything religious other than self-worship, who has always claimed to be pro-choice until running this year, and who trades in his wive for newer models every 15 years or so, that will be an immense farce.