This post is not so much about Donald Trump as it is about naiveté. Con artists have been around since there was money to be taken from naive people. What David Johnston says in the source article is that Donald Trump is among the top tier of con artists.
I deliberately said something that was false. Donald, like a television psychic, immediately incorporated my false statement into his answer and that told me this guy is essentially at heart a con artist who tells you what you want to hear….
Q: What is it you want Christians to read in your book before they vote for Trump?
A: My concern is that ministers who say Donald is a good Christian and those drawn to him because he says (he’s a Christian) don’t know what he’s said in books or profanity-laced speeches. He has beguiled them… So my concern is that some of these pastors have an agenda that is more political than religious and that may have interfered with their good judgment here.
I have also had people express the view that even if Donald is aggressively antithetical to the most basic teachings of Jesus then his stance on abortion (he now says he opposes it) outweighs everything else….
Q: Why do many conservative Christians support him? What do they see in him?
A: Donald Trump has tapped into the economic terror — and I do mean terror — that the bottom half of all Americans are living in and the fear the bottom 90 percent are living in. These people are looking for an explanation: Why am I working harder and making less?
Donald Trump, like all demagogues, provides an easy-to-understand rationale — it’s the Muslims, it’s “the other.” His answer is also more tax cuts for the rich — many of his proposals are heavily oriented to the rich. Our television media has created a culture in which we judge people on the presumed content of their wallets. But having money does not make us a better person. But we worship wealth. It is antithetical to Christianity, but it is becoming part of the dominant culture.
The quote above is from a religious news organization’s interview with a Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter who has studied extensively and written a book about Mr. Trump. I continue to be amazed by the religious, and particularly Evangelical community, who seem to give up 90% of their fundamental beliefs in order to back someone who says that he is anti-Abortion even when his past actions don’t show that. I can’t understand how naive they are? Like most issues Mr. Trump has been all over the map on this topic, he tells you what you want to hear. Do they really think that abortion will be on his top 10 list of things to achieve if he were to sit in the Oval Office, or even the top 1000 for that matter.
If pro-life is so important to these religious groups how can they then be war hawks and for capital punishment? Maybe they are just pro-“pre-life”? To them maybe it is “once you are out of the womb you are on your own”? I don’t know, this dichotomy simply amazes me. I as a follower of Jesus’ teaching am not willing to give up the 95% in order to naively believe that I will gain the 5%. The numbers simply don’t add up for me.