Doug Giles, one of those Christian right crackpots who thinks there’s a crisis of male emasculation, says that Trump’s boldness is very much like Jesus Christ himself and this inspires others to be equally bold. For some bizarre reason, he thinks Trump is an anti-Pharisee rather than being like one himself.
One of the interesting things about Trump, just from a leadership standpoint, that I think is very Christ-like,” Giles said, “is just his boldness. Jesus would call out the corrupt religious leaders and politicos that were foul and he would say, ‘You guys are blind leaders of the blind.’ And he would do that in public.”When Giles asserted that Trump has a “trickle-down boldness” that emboldens others to take a stand and speak out, Metaxas readily agreed.
“When you look at heroes, their boldness encourages you, inspires you to be bold,” Metaxas said. “It inspires you to say the thing that maybe you would have hung back a little bit more, and I think that that has had an effect with Trump, that people hear him say something and they think, ‘Well, maybe I can say that.’”
“I’m not saying the bad stuff,” Metaxas quickly clarified. “I’m talking about the bold stuff, the good stuff.”
“Him being forthright and plain-dealing, as the Puritans used to say, is, to me, it’s very Christ-like,” Giles replied. “I think Trump has got, from a presidential standpoint, that prophetic edge, and I dig it, man.”
Not sure what Bible he’s reading, but it isn’t the one I’ve read. If anyone is metaphorically a Pharisee here, it’s Trump himself.