The New Yorker has a long profile of White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. It notes, accurately, her predilection for lying through her teeth for her boss, over and over and over again. A former Baptist preacher explained why a supposed Christian is willing to do that:
I asked Sanders how she, as a Christian, reconciles her religious beliefs with her support for Trump—a man whose Presidency has been imperilled, in part, by his payment of hush money to a porn star with whom he allegedly committed adultery. Instead of a searching answer, she gave me what has become a pat rationalization of many American evangelicals.
“I’m not going to my office expecting it to be my church,” she answered. “Frankly, if people of faith don’t get involved in the dirty process, then you’re missing the entire point of what we’re called to do. You’re not called to go into the places where everyone already thinks like you and is a believer—you have to go onto a stage where they’re not.” She went on, “You have to take that message into the darkest places, and the dirtiest places, and the most tainted and dysfunctional places. If you can influence even one person, that’s what you’re supposed to do.” …Michelle Boorstein, a religion reporter for the Washington Post, has written that, in Sanders’s lifetime, many “politicians have broken promises to Christian conservatives.” So far, Trump, who recently hosted a dinner for evangelicals, hasn’t broken his promises to them, leading some to proclaim his victory as evidence of the hand of God. Brian Kaylor, a former Baptist pastor who writes about religion and politics, recently said, of Sanders’s defenses of Trump, “It’s more than you are defending a politician, or even a President—you are defending God’s chosen leader for this time.”
It’s the same thing we’ve heard from all manner of Christian con men — Jim Bakker, Rick Joyner, Mark Taylor, Steve Strang and many others — that Trump is “anointed” by God and any attack on him is an attack on God. So basically, she’s lying for Jesus. One has to wonder if she feels any cognitive dissonance at all about this. How, for example, does a Christian justify supporting Trump’s anti-immigration policies when the Bible they claim is the 100% true word of God commands them over and over and over again to treat all immigrants like their own family? Do they think about it at all? No, they just find some ridiculous rationalization to justify it to themselves and others.