Karen Vaughn wrote that Donald Trump is “crass” but she still supports him. Her words are being shared by Republicans, probably in an attempt to make themselves look better to the rest of the country. If they admit that Trump isn’t quite polished–he’s just a “salty sailor,” as Vaughn said–then maybe they won’t be condemned for supporting him.
Yes, in general, Republicans are willing to confess that Trump isn’t completely perfect. However, in specifics, when they are shown Trump’s crass behavior, most of them defend him. It was either a joke or he didn’t mean it or it’s fake news! Never will they state that Trump commits evil in any particular instance.
By the way, some synonyms for “crass” are:
Stupid, insensitive, mindless, ignorant, witless, oafish, boorish, asinine, coarse, gross, graceless, tasteless, heavy-handed, blundering, doltish, dense, rude, vulgar, churlish
Yes, Trump is crass. So why do so many Republican Christians praise the churlish Trump endlessly and refuse to admit that he does anything wrong? I will give you my opinion.
Christians have to be right. Otherwise, how can they judge the world? If they admit any wrongdoing or wrong thinking–as in supporting an oaf or an evil man–it weakens them. They can’t be weakened. They are the moral standard. They are the light shining on a hill. They are righteous.
Christians and the Republican Party have maintained that pretense of superiority for many years. Then came Donald Trump. He was despicable, but what were they to do? Well, they had to claim he is our savior, of course. Claim he was given to us by God. Claim he tells the truth. Claim he loves the country. Claim his little indiscretions aren’t worthy of discussing (just locker room talk, you know–because God can’t hear through a ceiling, so it’s no big deal). Basically, they had to claim moral superiority as they always have.
Unfortunately, Trump is a loose cannon. He doesn’t know how to hide his evil. So these Christians are having to scramble like little mice to do damage control and make light of his evil, as stated above and also by constantly bringing up those they happen to consider more evil–Hillary and Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, to name three. Republicans even use a picture of Joe Biden at his son’s funeral as he hugged and comforted his grandson to claim Biden was molesting the boy. There is no level to which some Christians won’t stoop.
Now, these Republican Christians could have acknowledged that they were scraping the bottom of the barrel when they chose Trump. They could have said, “He’s horrible, but Hillary is worse,” and left it at that. But no! They have fought tooth and toenail to UPHOLD this atrocious President in his evil ways.
Well, the power of the pulpit in the USA is dead. Christians destroyed it themselves. They chose to die at the side of one of the most despicable human beings of our generation. The doltish Donald Trump was the death blow to the Christian influence. Yes, you Christians who defend Donald Trump, THIS is the hill you chose to die on.
Nobody cares anymore what you think or what you believe. You are no longer trustworthy. You lost your integrity when you watched a ruffian make fun of a disabled man yet you went ahead and elected the lout to the highest office in the land anyway, not only refusing to condemn his actions but declaring him innocent of wrongdoing. And you continue to pretend the brute is good, in the face of all evidence to the contrary.
If you defend the behavior of Donald Trump, you don’t know good from evil. And remember that, according to you, a woe has been pronounced against those who don’t know the difference (Isaiah 5:20). So you think about that as you praise your god while you defend the wickedness of Donald Trump. You think long and hard because when the books are written, you won’t be cast as the hero you think you are. You will be the villain of the story.
If you, as an individual, voted for Trump, it’s not too late to repent. Elections are coming around. And we’ll vote for President again soon. You can make a difference. You can stand against evil in high places.
And if you think Trump is better than the alternatives, then, by all means, you vote for him again. But understand that the rest of us see him for what he is, and your continued high estimation and praise of him demeans you in our eyes.
You may think the alternatives to Trump dwell in a swamp. And it’s possible you’re right. But let me tell you something: if so, Trump was standing there to welcome them in when they got there.
Just be honest about the man, Christians. That’s all I’m saying. Try to hang onto at least a little bit of respectability.
And to those 7,000 Republican Christians who truly believe in goodness and truth and haven’t bowed the knee to Trump: I salute you. And I’m sorry for the shame your fellow Christians have brought upon you.
October 21, 2018