Who would have thought one of the most poignant and direct criticisms of Trump, his administration, specifically Pence, the Right wing in general and the whole damn world of Conservatives and Evangelicals would have come from Omarosa Manigault? I know, right? Yeah, she was explaining how much worse Pence would be as president due to his hyper-religiosity and hellbent Biblical literal interpretations with an eye on self-fulfilling apocalyptic prophesy. Then again, that IS the very definition of the current right wing, along with their anointing of Trump as the very second coming of Christ. No hyperbole. It is this disgusting, monstrous distortion of Christianity and the perverse hijacking of the Republican party and all things conservative in this nation that has led to the sickening state of affairs in this country, as we tailspin towards the inner circles of hell.
Don’t believe me? Really? Alright. Here’s an actual newspaper article by an actual human being with actual motor skills touting Trump as the new savior: No Shit?! This is not an aberrancy. This is the new norm, Right Wing style. And if that makes you sick to your stomach, then congratulations. You’re a free-thinking individual with an intact set of mores, a normal functioning empath along with a basic set of interpretive skills and intellect. This Conservative reality is a sickness that extends to not just the basest of people and their worst attributes. It is an active embracing of real-world evil.
In a recent article, Time reported that the Parkland school shooter, Nikolas Cruz, has been getting inundated with fan mail: “Public Defender Howard Finkelstein, Cruz’s lawyer, told the newspaper that his client has indeed received “piles of letters.” In addition, $800 has been deposited into a commissary account which can be used by inmates to buy snacks, radios and personal hygiene products. “In my 40 years as public defender, I’ve never seen this many letters to a defendant,” Finkelstein said. “Everyone now and then gets a few, but nothing like this.” THAT is some fucked-up shit right there.
When W. Bush was president, I thought I had seen the worst in the purposeful delusion in people, both in the proffering and in the acceptance of said delusions. It was pretty goddam bad. But what we’re seeing now is beyond the scope of explanation, far beyond comprehension or belief. The depths of depravity a people will sink to further their own sick biases is truly unfathomable. I’ve seen the evils of tyranny and dictatorship, the mind-wiping complicity of a subjugated people willing to adhere to batshit insane ideology and ideologues on a smaller scale. I’ve witnessed the history of whole states and continents besieged with the criminal ineptitude of demons mascarading as saviors. But I don’t think I’ve seen such wholesale perversion of one’s own faith and morality, going as far as embracing the exact opposites of the tenants of one’s belief system in order to subjugate and persecute, WITH JOY, those who choose not to blindly goose-step in criminal fashion behind a false prophet along with them. Not even a false prophet, really. Just a malignant narcissist living in his own bizarro “Being John Malkovich” episode, where everyone’s face is Donald Trump’s and all they say is “Trump, Trump, Trump” instead of “Malkovich, Malkovich.” No hyperbole.
What we’re seeing now with Trump and this “Trump World” is not just complete embracing of the dark side, as it were. It is the full deflection of evil onto the good, turning victim into criminal, truth into lie. With Parkland, it hasn’t been enough to continue the usual 2nd Amendment mantras the right is so fond of regurgitating. No, what we have now in the world of Dear Leader Trump is the recasting of the victims into villains, turning murdered and traumatized children into the provocateur and the murderer into unfairly persecuted saint. WHAT THE HOLY FUCK?! Crisis actors?! Are you shitting me?! Have you listened to Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Alex Jones, Sean Hannity, Dana Loesch, Kellyanne Conway et al? If such a thing as “Crisis Actor” is real, then, brother, you been missing the forest for the trees on that one if you think it’s kids not wanting to be murdered and not these screaming mimi fuckholes spewing rivers of shit non-stop from the softest slight against their self-righteous delicate egos. And WE’RE the snowflakes?! Is there anything braver and more ballsy than a child, having survived mass slaughter, to further suffer the slings and degradations from a tone-deaf oligarchy and stand face-to-face with them, shoulders firm and head high, calling them out openly on their bullshit? While I’m at it, fuck you, Ted Nugent, you talentless shit-filled diaper-wearing cowardly has-been. Seriously. From the heart.
But with Trump and the Conservative agenda, deflection and coopting is the new normal. If you can’t reconcile an obvious “uncomfortable” truth, then either blame the accuser or someone else or just embrace it and re-qualify it. Trump gets caught dead to rights openly degrading women? “It’s just locker talk…all guys do it!” Trump is accused of criminal behavior against them by 22 women, and counting? “They’re liars!” Trump backs and excuses a pedophile? “Well, in the Bible, you can marry a 14 year old!” Pick your poison. Despite Trump’s record of dozens of failed business ventures, six bankruptcies, non-payment of investors and employees, bilking of his own businesses even when used for charity, collusion with Russia in money laundering via his New York business ventures and real estate holdings, his reluctance to openly reveal his tax returns, something ALL presidents have done since Nixon did, etc, etc, etc. the right has openly excused all of these while giving absolutely no quarter to anyone else of any not of their ilk.
Better yet, just ignore the evil shit you are doing and blame the other guys of doing it instead. Hence the term “fake news.” One of the latest far right strategies and pure example of fascist propaganda masquerading as “news”, outside of Fox News, that is, is being perpetrated by Sinclair Broadcast Group, which is able to own and control roughly over 2/3 of the news stations in the entire nation. Say what?! Yes, that’s right. Since the Fairness Doctrine was eliminated by Reagan and his cronies to allow the monopolization of information by the uber rich, read Conservative, plutocracy, the bastardization of actual information and the proliferation of manipulated Conservative doctrine has reached pandemic levels. In a ballsy, completely non-ironic display of a spot-on perfect display of irony, Sinclair forced its peons to read to its TV watching public straight from the text of crazy-as-shit totalitarian dictatorship Big Book of Whatthefuckisms. Word for word, deriding the manipulation of information and dissemination of unilateral ideologies, read outright lies, by media and talking heads, while illustrating in a whacko-meta way their very premise! Straight faced. That’s some fucking STONES! It would be impressively beautiful from an illustrative narrative view of literal manipulation if it wasn’t so fucking Twilight Zone but very real world scary. Mao Tse Tung would have high-fived Joseph Goebbels in a mutual “OH NO HE DI’N’T!” display of mutual props.
The most puzzling and egregious, on the surface anyway, is the Evangelical anointing of Trump, the FURTHEST example of anything relating to any tenant of Christianity one could conjure, as the new Christ. Before the election, I’m quite certain Trump had never uttered the word “Christian” or “Jesus”. No hyperbole. “Two Corinthians?” Seriously? While still running when asked what Easter meant to him, Trump fumbled with something about Christians and stuff: “Well, it really means something very special. I’m going to church in an hour from now and it’s going to be — it’s a beautiful church. I’m in Florida. And it’s just a very special time for me. And it really represents family and get-together and — and something, you know, if you’re a — a Christian, it’s just a very important day.” Sweet.
If this non-answer sounds familiar, it’s just his usually boilerplate, a’la a 4th grader being asked to explain Fahrenheit 451 that he clearly hadn’t read: “Well, its really something special. I’m here in class right now and it’s, it’s really a cool class and all, a beautiful school. In Georgia. And it’s just a very special book to me. It represents heat, and really hot heat–and something, you know, if you’re a–a person who reads it, it’s really a good book.” Just plug and play that shit into pretty much everything he ever says and follow the usual pattern: acknowledge the last thing asked, mention something related to that thing, pontificate about how incredible that thing is that was related to the topic that you encountered, obfuscate the asker by steering the topic towards someone else you hate by misappropriating their stance on said topic, bloviate the same inane words into a snake-swallowing-it’s-tail train of haphazard words, close with how awesome that thing is and vicariously you are for doing/being/seeing it then grimace like a monkey smelling its own ass. Or, as known in the Trump World, smile.
What’s particularly sad here is the selling out of Christianity by “Christians” themselves. You can chalk all of Trump’s evil bullshit and malfeasance up to what it is: self-serving criminality served with a political shine to a largely ignorant populace to further one’s own self-gratification and pursuit of power/money/attention. What you should have trouble reconciling here is the eager kowtowed blasphemy in the indulgence of the right with, for lack of a better term, the very literation of the Anti-Christ. But once you start to see what it is the hard religious right actually treasure and believe, maybe it’s not so puzzling. And, it’s not very Christian at all.
Christians in America have revealed their true colors, not that they’ve been hiding them too well since W. Bush. I can honestly say that Christians are completely devoid of anything to do with Christ, at all. No hyperbole. A Christian is to be as Christ. Simply defined and easy to understand, but very difficult to follow completely and without fail. But American Christians, specifically Evangelicals, have allowed for the chronic perversion of their faith to distort it so much and so far as be unrecognizable as Christianity at all. What Trump represents is a mindless, soulless lump of clay that will allow for them to create their own god, in their own grotesque image and parade him like a golden calf at the base of Mount Sinai. Basically, in Trump, they fully nullify the first 4 of the 10 commandments right out of the gate. Pretty sure Moses would have just left them smashed if he knew what was to come of them.
A simple test would be to take what really may be the heart of Christianity as taught by Christ, the Beatitudes. Then, compare these to what the Christian platforms are in todays Conservative party:
- Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
- Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
- Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
- Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.
- Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
- Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
- Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
- Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
You could take JUST the Parkland massacre and deride Christians on every single one of these. Even better, take Matthew 25:35-40. You know the one: 35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in. 36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? 39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
Does THIS sound like today’s American Christian? Christ stood for austerity, peace, charity, agape (brotherly love), acceptance, inclusion, absence of judgement, passive civility, equality and welfare. He was a hippie luddite before there were hippies or luddites. Christian Evangelicals preach and embrace the active acquisition of wealth, pursuit of vengeance and war, oppose any state, read neutral, measures of help for the poor and sick, judgmental exclusion, self righteousness, acceptance of social and political hierarchy and punishment for those that fail to agree with them. No hyperbole. So when you hear “The bible says…” or “Jesus said…” spewing from the mouth of a Conservative hate-mongering hypocrite, rest assured not only is the tenants expressed most likely the complete opposite of what it is they are saying. Most likely, Jesus ain’t say that. At all.