Former Republican Party Chairman rips into Trump and evangelicals

Former Republican Party Chairman rips into Trump and evangelicals July 17, 2019
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IN a book released this week – American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President TrumpMichael Steele, above, former chairman of the Republican National Committee, calls evangelical Christians who support President Donald Trump ‘the biggest phonies of all.’

Written by Tim Alberta, chief political correspondent for Politico Magazine, the book gives voice to Steele – and, oh boy, does the Lieutenant Governor of Maryland ever let rip!

Alberta quotes Steele as saying:

These evangelical [leaders] are the biggest phonies of all. These are the people who spent the last forty years telling everyone how to live, who to love, what to think about morality.

And then this motherfucker comes along defiling the White House and disrespecting God’s children at every turn, but it’s cool, because he gave them two Supreme Court justices. They got their thirty pieces of silver.

White evangelical Christians make up 20 percent of all registered voters and supported President Donald Trump 77 percent in the 2016 election. The group makes up about a third of all Republican voters and, according to a 2014 poll, 76 percent of them say they’re Republicans or lean to the right.

This isn’t the first time Steele has spoken out against evangelicals. In 2018, he castigated leaders for failing to condemn Trump’s actions when it was revealed he had paid to silence adult film actress Stormy Daniels after the two had an extramarital affair.

“Just shut the hell up and don’t preach to me about anything ever again,” Steele said about evangelicals dismissive of Trump’s behaviour. He added:

They have no voice of authority anymore for me.

Other prominent politicians, including the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, have also singled out the evangelical community for criticism. Buttigieg has specifically called out Vice President Mike Pence, a devout evangelical.

How could [Pence] allow himself to become the cheerleader of the porn-star presidency? Is it that he stopped believing in Scripture when he started believing in Donald Trump? I don’t know.

Amazon’s blurb for the book says:

Only by viewing Trump as the culmination of a decade-long civil war inside the GOP – and of the parallel sense of cultural, socioeconomic, and technological disruption during that period – can we appreciate how he won the White House and consider the fundamental questions at the center of America’s current turmoil.

How did a party once obsessed with national insolvency come to champion trillion-dollar deficits? How did the party of compassionate conservatism become the party of Muslim bans and family separation? How did the party of family values elect a thrice-married philanderer? And, most important, how long can such a party survive?

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  • Broga

    “And, most important, how long can such a party survive?”

    And that question is now all important. . How long are the millions of educated, intelligent, hard working Americans prepared to see their country trashed and made an international tragic joke by Trump and his malcontent evangelical followers? These followers: , ignorant, deluded and woefully gullible, believe Trump’s most blatant lies, ignore his deceits, excuse his liaisons with the dictators who crush their own people and still believe him. They are much too foolish to appreciate their own self destructive stupidity. With brains long befuddled by religious belief they see him as their messiah.

  • phatkhat

    There is no, and never was, such thing as “compassionate” conservatism.

  • Wisdom, Justice, Love

    Remember when he was the GOP’s black friend. Nobody loves props and gimmick more than a Republican. Ask this guy or Sarah Palin (who?).
    It’s outlined in Republican’s Contract On With America. Whatever happened to that?

  • Wisdom, Justice, Love

    As long as they can convinced to acquiesce to religion, so they can be viewed ad good people, nothing will change. We’ll have more prayer circles, but nothing meaningful.

  • Bezukhov

    It also doesn’t help that Right Wing Evangelicals believe that Jesus only loves White people.

  • Wisdom, Justice, Love

    Yeah, I’m not sure I understand some aspects of belief:
    Jesus died for EVERY human, like the Sun shines and oxygen for lungs is for EVERY human, but certain humans are “more special”?

    I’m also amazed at black Christians in the US: white society didn’t want you to read or write, but were eager to have you share Heaven with them?

  • WallofSleep

    He criticized Rush Limbaugh while in that position, then later publicly apologized. The GOP’s token became persona non grata not long after that, finally displaying for all who the real party chairman is: hateful little ditto heads.

  • WallofSleep

    They were eager to have them internalize the new and old testament passages about slaves submitting to their masters.

  • Broga

    I remember a discussion when I said Jesus was not white himself. I was told by a fundamentalist Christian that Jesus was white? I asked how she could be so sure. She said Jesus was white in every painting she had ever seen.

    I suppose he also spoke King James biblical English.

  • barriejohn

    Have you seen the latest?

  • mechtheist

    Putin made a comment end of last month at G-20 conference about the decline of western liberalism. When Trump was asked to comment, he went off about what democrats were doing in California. I’m still cringing over that, I can’t believe more people aren’t throwing that up in Trump’s face, telling him he’s too ignorant, laughably, irredeemably, embarrassingly ignorant for the job. I bet Putin is still snickering over it and getting hysterical laughs every time he mentions it to anyone. Make America Cringe Again. That anyone in the GOP wants to support that orange thing in the oval office after that is as absurd as evangelicals supporting it after the myriad of ways it’s made a mockery of their [erstwhile] most profound values.

  • barriejohn

    I totally agree. he had no idea what Putin was on about. He’s like a child in a man’s world.