In my novel And God Said, “Billy!” I depict a delusional fool who thinks he hears God talking to him. But my idiot “Billy” isn’t as dumb as Jerry Falwell Jr. When Falwell Jr. Tweeted this picture of himself, he later wished he’d gotten his wife to move her head enough to block out Trump’s proudly displayed Playboy cover interview on his wall.
But the big news isn’t the evangelical leadership’s odd silence re all of Trump’s F—ing around or the fact that Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims ― 1.6 billion members of an entire religion ― from entering the U.S…. The real puzzle is that the religious right used to pay lip service to having a strong America.
So… one wonders… how the evangelicals will deal with the fact that the TOP REPUBLICANS actually charged with keeping America safe call Trump a danger to our existence?
As reported in the New York Times, the Republican Party’s top national security officials will not vote for GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. And they wrote an open letter released today explaining why.
Fifty of the nation’s most senior Republican national security officials, many of them former top aides or cabinet members for President George W. Bush, have signed a letter declaring that Donald J. Trump “lacks the character, values and experience” to be president and “would put at risk our country’s national security and well-being.”Mr. Trump, the officials warn, “would be the most reckless president in American history.”
The letter says Mr. Trump would weaken the United States’ moral authority and questions his knowledge of and belief in the Constitution. It says he has “demonstrated repeatedly that he has little understanding” of the nation’s “vital national interests, its complex diplomatic challenges, its indispensable alliances and the democratic values” on which American policy should be based. And it laments that “Mr. Trump has shown no interest in educating himself.”
“None of us will vote for Donald Trump,” the letter states, though it notes later that many Americans “have doubts about Hillary Clinton, as do many of us.”
Contrast Jerry Falwell’s Trump endorsement with the people who actually know something:
In 1984, my father stood at this convention and offered the opening prayer before our party’s candidate, Ronald Reagan, went on to accept the nomination and win in a landslide. A little over 30 years later, I stand here with the sincerest prayer that history is about to repeat itself with the election of Donald J. Trump.
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