While controversy over clear misconduct regarding Russian influence on the election engulfs the Trump administration, his base remains fiercely loyal. The Christian right, which has managed to fool themselves into thinking he’s a Christian who cares about them, doesn’t care about it because they’re in love with Putin.
As journalist Casey Michel noted in a report for Right Wing Watch earlier this year, “Since he returned to the presidency in 2012, Putin has made a concerted effort to establish his country as a center for religious, especially Christian, conservatives throughout the world, most notably for those who oppose any legal or public support for same-sex relationships.” The Religious Right in the U.S. took notice, especially as Putin began to crack down on LGBT rights, including imposing a ban on gay “propaganda.”…
Evangelist Franklin Graham hailed Putin as a hero for taking “a stand to protect his nation’s children from the damaging effects of any gay and lesbian agenda” even as “America’s own morality has fallen so far on this issue”; Bryan Fischer called Putin a “lion of Christianity” and called upon U.S. lawmakers to adopt similar speech prohibitions; Matt Barber marveled that Putin was able to “out-Christian our once-Christian nation”; Sam Rohrer called Putin “the moral leader of the world”; Scott Lively lavished praise on Putin for “championing traditional marriage and Christian values”; and Rush Limbaugh applauded Putin for stopping “a full-frontal assault on what has always been considered normalcy.”
Officials with the World Congress of Families have lauded Putin as a savior of the entire world. The group organized a meeting for conservative activists at the Kremlin, which also played host to Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage, who traveled to Russia to defend the country’s anti-LGBT crackdown in face of a Western “attempts to silence those of us who stand for the truth of marriage.”
As far as they’re concerned, Russian influence is a good thing. After all, it helped stop Hillary Clinton from getting into office. And just as they fool themselves into thinking that Trump is a True Christiantm, they’ve done the same with Putin. They have to ignore all of history to do so, of course, but that’s never been a problem for them.