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BRILLIANT! Writer Photoshops Megan Rapinoe Into Various Situations And She’s Never Satisfied

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R. M. Huffman writer photoshops outspoken Trump critic Megan Rapinoe into a series of locations ranging from Cracker Barrel to the airport, ending each segment with “Megan Rapinoe would like to speak to a manager.”

As I repost Huffman’s delightful little parody, Megan is triumphant. The U.S. women’s soccer team has just won the second straight World Cup title.

Enjoy!

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Nancy Pelosi Punches Hard at AOC and the Fresh Face Caucus in Surprisingly Candid Comments

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Nancy Pelosi has had a contentious relationship with the self-proclaimed “squad” since they entered Congress. Referred to as the “fresh faces” by the media after their elections in 2018, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley have sought to hold an out-sized influence in the Democrat party.

Through slick marketing and a more than compliant press corps, they’ve largely succeeded.

Pelosi is apparently growing tired of it and in an interview with The New York Times, she spoke candidly about them.

The article described the outrage of the Squad, as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts are known.

Pelosi feels that the four made themselves irrelevant to the process by voting against “our bill,” as she put it, which she felt was the strongest one she could get. “All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” she said. “But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.”

In other words, Twitter is not real life.

She’s not wrong. If you’ve ever used the platform and then compared it to any experience in your actual life, you’ll recognize it’s an echo chamber that amplifies the craziest, silly ideals via mob rule. AOC may get 150K likes on her silly tweets, but she can’t even manage to swing one vote outside of her immediate orbit.

The problem for Pelosi is that the “squad” have a rabid fan base that will mock, attack, harass, and mob those that get on their bad side. Now she’s made herself a target and they are going to be vicious.

Recall that it wasn’t long ago that Pelosi was posing with these new members on the cover of Rolling Stone. She elevated them early on for her own gain and is now reaping the harvest.

AOC, who can never take a jab without responding, affirmed Pelosi’s complaints by immediately running to, you guessed it, Twitter to air her grievances.

I’m not sure what public AOC thinks she has, but it’s certainly not public sentiment. She’s a fringe character with ideas so out there and so obviously damaging that her own party won’t even vote for them. You may recall that her “Green New Deal” got an embarrassing zero votes from Democrats in the Senate. She would later claim she told them to vote present, which is ludicrous. If something is truly about saving the world, you don’t tell people to protest vote your own bill.

While the media seem to only care when they can hype a Republican “civil war,” the truth is that Democrats are far more divided as a political class and as an electorate right now. As the 2020 Democratic candidates move further and further to the radical left, they are leaving a majority of their voters behind in the more moderate left of center space. Pelosi is desperately trying to put the brakes on the veer into crazy town but it’s not going to work. She simply doesn’t have the strength to keep the dam from breaking at this point and she has no one to blame but herself.

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New Toon From B. Black Fox: Harvard’s ‘Elite’ Academic Experience

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Harvard’s had a great week. From Harvard constitutional law professor Laurence Tribe proclaiming there’s “No Limit To How Much S**t’ William Barr Will Eat For Trump,” to Harvard University visiting professor Catherine MacKinnon declaring Hillary would have prevented the #MeToo movement (while downplaying Bill’s sexual indiscretions), RedState cartoonist B.Black Fox hits the nail on the head when it comes to the “elite” Harvard experience.

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Newt Gingrich Obliterates Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: She’s ‘Vicious, Cruel & Dishonest’ and Despises America

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Ever wonder what former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is up to? Well, he was recently tied up with ripping into freshman congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

The 29-year-old’s been on a roll lately, calling detention centers “concentration camps” (here and here) delivering a stunningly dramatic performance at the border, and railing against the U.S. on Independence Day (here).

Newt isn’t a fan.

Therefore, in a July 5th op-ed for Fox, he stated the following:

It took Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s visit to the border – and her dishonest comments afterward – to help me understand how profoundly vicious, cruel and dishonest she is.

Wow.

Furthermore:

When you look at the larger picture, it is clear that Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., is eager and determined to undermine and destroy America as we have known it.

Newt went on to assert that such radical goals require lies. And that “when you despise American values and find the American people ‘deplorable’ and contemptible, lying is perfectly natural.”

The erstwhile Republican representative insisted that “the American immigration system is profoundly broken,” and that AOC and likeminded politicians are in part responsible for a man and his daughter drowning while trying to sneak into the country (here):

The tragedy of Ocasio-Cortez’s type of vicious, deliberately dishonest politics is it sets the stage for innocent people to die. The poignant, heart-wrenching picture of the father and his daughter who died trying to get into the United States illegally should serve as a moral condemnation of every Democrat trying to use the border as a political weapon against Trump.

Ocasio-Cortez and her fellow left-wing activists continue to send signals to desperate and ambitious people around the world that they can (and should) enter the United States illegally.

Alexandria’s fellow spotlighted Democrat, Beto “I’m a privileged millionaire who will destroy privileged wealth” O’Rourke, sees things quite differently; he believes those tragic drowning deaths are your fault (see here).

Back to Newt — he pointed out the difference between immigration then and now:

It is important to remember that during the late 19th century when we had enormous immigration, it was still tightly controlled. Immigrants were processed in an orderly way. If they had infectious diseases, criminal records, were anarchists – or even showed signs of low morals – they were denied entry and sent back to their home countries.

The modern left-wing idea of opening the borders as wide as possible would have been thoroughly rejected in any previous era.

Interesting point.

Mr. Gingrich closed with a scathing final review of AOC, Pelosi, and other members of the House Left:

Every day that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and the Ocasio-Cortez radicals block reforming the immigration system, the House Republicans should take special orders and show the pictures of those who died the day before in a system the Democrats helped ruin – and refuse to reform.

Furthermore, Ocasio-Cortez should be called out for the viciousness, destructiveness, and dishonesty of her words and actions. It is time for decent people to stand up to her and ask: “Have you no shame?

No uncertain terms there.

Will any of his words reach Alexandria? I’d say it’s doubtful. But even if she’s made aware of them, I expect she’ll continue down her current path. Hopefully, where it concerns the big business, government-monopoly catastrophe of socialism, America won’t follow.

-ALEX

 

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AOC’s Chief Of Staff Echoes ‘Concentration Camps,’ Compares Dems Supporting Humanitarian Aid At The Border To Jim Crow

Jon Voight Responds To Alyssa Milano’s Castigation Of Him As An ‘F-Lister’: ‘Ignorance Doesn’t Scare Me’

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Ted Cruz Destroys Argument of NYC Councilman Who Said He Shouldn’t Be Clarifying Frederick Douglass

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As I wrote last Friday, New York Times editorial board member Mara Gay took issue with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) after the Senator gave former NFL QB-turned-social justice warrior Colin Kaepernick a brief history lesson on the words of abolitionist and statesman Frederick Douglass.

As it turns out, New York City Councilman Justin Brannan (D) had something to say about Cruz’s history lesson, too. We’ll get to that in just a minute.

To recap, on July 4th Kaepernick quoted a portion of Douglass’s July 5, 1852 speech about Independence Day:

Sen. Cruz saw the Douglass quote and who posted it, and decided to add some much-needed context. After noting the quote Kaepernick used didn’t give an complete picture of Douglass’s views on America, Cruz spent one tweet providing some background on the speech, and then sent several tweets quoting directly from the speech. He concluded by encouraging everyone to read the full speech in context.

Gay, who is a Kaepernick fan, tweeted to Cruz the next day by saying “Frederick Douglass is an American hero, and his name has no business in your mouth.” But once Cruz clapped back, Gay backed down a bit and they made their peace.

In the middle of all of this, Brannan gave his .02 worth in response to Gay’s original tweet:

Cruz saw Brannan’s swipe, and was not having it:

Boom.

Brannan responded back by telling Sen. Cruz that if he was such an expert on Douglass and his views on slavery, he would support a reparations bill introduced by 2020 presidential candidate and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) back in April:

Here’s a better idea: Brannan and his fellow Democrats should take NFL legend Burgess Owens’s advice and pay out the reparations themselves. As Owens said at the House reparations hearing last month:

“I do believe in restitution,” he continued. “Let’s point to the party that was part of slavery, KKK, Jim Crow, that has killed over 40% of our black babies, 20 million of them.”

“State of California, 75 percent of our black boys can’t pass a standard reading and writing test. A Democratic state. So yes, let’s pay restitution. How about a Democratic Party pay for all the misery brought to my race and those — after we learn our history — who decide to stay there, they should pay also.”

Brannan later retweeted comments from David Lobl, a former special assistant to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D):

Except that’s exactly what Cruz did.

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In Leaked Memos, British Ambassador To The U.S. Calls Trump ‘Inept, ‘Insecure,’ Says Administration Is ‘Dysfunctional’

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In newly leaked diplomatic memos sent to the British Foreign Commonwealth Office, British Ambassador to the U.S. Sir Kim Darroch delivers some nasty blows to President Trump and his administration. He wrote, “As seen from here, we don’t really believe this administration is going to become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional; less unpredictable; less faction riven; less diplomatically clumsy and inept.” In fact, it’s a real possibility that “his career could end in disgrace.”

The memos were obtained by The Daily Mail and a UK official confirmed their authenticity to CNN.

The author wrote that this type of leak is “unprecedented” (I wonder about that) and worries that these “bombshell comments risk angering the notoriously thin-skinned President and undermining the UK’s ‘special relationship’ with America.”

According to  The Daily Mail, Sir Kim:

Writes that, “for a man who has risen to the highest office on the planet, President Trump radiates insecurity.”

Describes bitter conflicts within Trump’s White House – verified by his own sources – as “knife fights.”

Warns that Trump could have been indebted to “dodgy Russians.”

Claims the President’s economic policies could wreck the world trade system.

Says the scandal-hit Presidency could “crash and burn” and that “we could be at the beginning of a downward spiral… that leads to disgrace and downfall.”

Says Trump spends his days in the Oval Office asking his White House team, Cabinet members and senior Republicans for their opinions “on the business of the moment.”

Reports about “vicious infighting and chaos” in the White House — which Trump has dismissed as “fake news” — are “mostly true.”

The ambassador called Trump’s Iran policy “incoherent and chaotic” and said, “Its unlikely that US policy on Iran is going to become more coherent any time soon. This is a divided Administration.” He worries that “Trump could still attack Iran.”

On the President’s June 18th rally in Orlando, FL to kick-off his campaign for reelection, Sir Kim reported that Trump had “electrified an audience of 20,000 supporters” adding that “the audience was a sea of the now iconic red MAGA [Make American Great Again] caps. The crowd looked almost exclusively white, with a pretty even mix of men and women, young and old: there were families in every stand. For some, attending had meant a long wait in 30C heat and humidity.”

Sir Kim wrote that he “breathed a sigh of relief” when Trump and Melania boarded Air Force One. “Their State visit to the UK was finally over and, despite minor hiccups, it had been a resounding success.”

He described Trump’s meeting with Prince Charles as “cordial” and added that the two had “hit it off – surprisingly…I think the Prince of Wales, despite differing views on climate change, established an open and easy relationship with the President.”

Despite the negative tone of his remarks about Trump, he advised officials not to write him off. Although “mired in scandal most of his life, Trump could still emerge from the flames, battered but intact, like [Arnold] Schwarzenegger in the final scenes of The Terminator.”

The British FCO issued the following statement about the leaked documents:

The British public would expect our Ambassadors to provide Ministers with an honest, unvarnished assessment of the politics in their country.

Their views are not necessarily the views of Ministers or indeed the government. But we pay them to be candid. Just as the US Ambassador here will send back his reading of Westminster politics and personalities.

Of course we would expect such advice to be handled by Ministers and civil servants in the right way and it’s important that our Ambassadors can offer their advice and for it remain confidential. Our team in Washington have strong relations with the White House and no doubt that these will withstand such mischievous behavior.

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Anti-Semite Linda Sarsour is Trying to Appropriate Jesus Again

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Noted anti-Semite Linda Sarsour is at it again.

We constantly hear about “cultural appropriation” in liberal circles, that being the idea that it’s unseemly and racist to partake in another culture’s food, dress, and customs. There have been uproars over wearing a sombrero on Cinco De Mayo or a Chinese dress to a prom.

Apparently though, falsely appropriating Jesus is no big deal to the far-left. Here’s Sarsour’s latest ridiculousness.

It’s also true that Native Americans were born in what is now called Louisiana a thousand years ago. People migrate and the names of places change. There is almost no connection between your typical, modern Louisiana resident and the indigenous residents of centuries past. Even to the point where some ancestry could be tracked, one would still never claim that a Native American born in what is now modern day Baton Rouge was actually a white Cajun guy.

After getting push back, she continued ranting.

Bethlehem was not in “Palestine” because, and stick with me, Palestine did not exist (even as a territory) during Jesus’ time. Bethlehem was in the Jewish region of Judea, populated by Jews who’s descendants would eventually be pushed westward (as well as out of the area completely). The Arabic name of the town is also irrelevant because, and stick with me again, Arabic was not even a language at the time. In fact, the Arabs who make up much of the modern Palestinian lineage wouldn’t migrate into the area until many years later.

Perhaps more insulting is the fact that it was via several ancient Muslim invasions that the Arabs who make up the Palestinian people today got to where they are. In some ways, the appropriation of Jesus here echoes the Muslim practice of conquering and then claiming foreign religious sites as their own.

Despite that, we get stupid replies like this.

The term Palestine in the 5th century BC referred to the area inhabited by the Philistines. Modern Palestinians have little to no connection to that people historically. It is not debatable that the Romans called the area Judea and that the area was made up of Jews. Jesus was not Palestinian. Period.

Sarsour’s lack of knowledge of even basic history aside, her claims about Bethlehem in the modern day also fall offensively short. It is not a “predominately beautiful Palestinian community.” It hasn’t been majority Christian for a while because of the violent actions of Islam. Secondly, there is no “military occupation” present. Israel pulled out of the area over a decade ago. Currently the Palestinian Fatah party rules the area with an iron fist and autonomy.

There’s a certain antisemitism to claiming that one of most famous Jews in world history was actually an “Palestinian” just because Arabs would conquer the area later. But Sarsour is no stranger to such things. She’s made a career out of anti-Semitic attacks and a-historical nonsense.

Of course, she’s not the only one. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, another noted anti-Semite, has also made the false claim that “Jesus was Palestinian” before. This came in an anecdotal story about a supposedly aggrieved Palestinian woman, told back in April.

She said her immigrant mother keeps her grounded, and is so compassionate.  She said her mother told a man who voiced opposition to her hijab, “You don’t understand.  Jesus was born in my country!”  Tlaib said her mother believes that if people know that, things will be so much better.

All other issues aside, no, Jesus was not born in this woman’s country. Given that Palestine is not a country and never has been, that would seem obvious. The fact that it didn’t exist, nor was the area populated by the same people in Jesus’ lifetime seems the more relevant piece of evidence though.

Look, it’s one thing to argue over the modern Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I’ve made no secret where my views on that lie. But trying to appropriate Jesus, who had zero connection to modern Arab Palestinians, is a bridge too far and Sarsour is doing it on purpose. It’s anti-Christian, anti-Semitic tripe. She should stick to lying about the IDF and ignoring the human rights abuses of the Palestinian Authority. Jewish and Christian history simply isn’t her thing.

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CalTech Seismologist Shoots Down ‘Did Fracking Cause This Earthquake?’ Question

Seismologists with the US Geological Survey and CalTech have been an invaluable resource for both the press and the public in the wake of two major earthquakes near Ridgecrest, California this weekend. They’ve given hours-long press conferences and answered detailed questions about the earthquakes that have already occurred and what Californians can expect in the near future as a result.

Dr. Egill Hauksson, a seismologist at CalTech, held a press conference Saturday in which he was asked by a reporter, “Could fracking in Kern County have anything to do with these earthquakes?”

In his quick reply he seemed to be stifling a chuckle. He said:

“I think that’s — no. I think I can answer that — no. I don’t have to put a qualifier on that.

“There is a geothermal area at the very north end….That’s the coastal geothermal area where there’s a — very large energy production going on where they pump water into the ground to harness heat from the rock. But if they had had something to do with this, we would have expected the activity to maybe start much closer to the geothermal area and then emanate from there.

“But again, the reason we have a geothermal field there is in part due to the active tectonics. It’s due to the ongoing geological deformation. So in that particular area the crust is being thinned and pulled apart so heat can easily rise from the interior of the earth, and we are able to harness that for electricity production.”

It was interesting to hear his scientific explanation as to why – especially that the geothermal field exists because of the active tectonics. With active tectonics one would logically expect some type of seismic activity, whether or not fracking occurs.

Hauksson’s LinkedIn profile states that he is “Project lead for the Southern California Seismic Network (SCSN), a joint project of Caltech and USGS,” and that part of his duties in that role include leading efforts to develop instrumentation for “earthquake early warning and hazards mitigation.”

Watch the question and Dr. Hauksson’s reply here:

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Jeffrey Epstein Reportedly Arrested on Federal Sex Trafficking Charges

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The Daily Beast is reporting that Jeffrey Epstein has been arrested and will appear in a New York courtroom on Monday morning, charged with sex trafficking “dozens of minors” between 2002 and 2005.

More than a decade ago Epstein was charged with molesting multiple young girls in Florida and received a “slap on the wrist.” He’s been the subject of numerous civil lawsuits since.

The exclusive report is based on information received from three unnamed law enforcement sources, who told the Daily Beast Epstein was arrested by the FBI-NYPD Crimes Against Children Task Force.

The new indictment—which, according to two sources, will be unsealed Monday in Manhattan federal court—will reportedly allege that Epstein sexually exploited dozens of underage girls in a now-familiar scheme: paying them cash for “massages” and then molesting or sexually abusing them in his Upper East Side mansion or his palatial residence in Palm Beach. Epstein will be charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors—which could put him away for a maximum of 45 years. The case is being handled by the Public Corruption Unit of the Southern District of New York, with assistance from the district’s human-trafficking officials and the FBI.

According to the affidavit Epstein indeed ran a booming sex trafficking enterprise, as many have suspected.

Several employees and associates allegedly recruited the girls for Epstein’s abuse, and some victims eventually became recruiters themselves, according to law enforcement. The girls were as young as 14, and Epstein knew they were underage, according to details of the arrest and indictment shared by two officials.

Epstein’s attorney refused comment Saturday, but David Boies, an attorney for two of Epstein’s victims, said he hopes the feds don’t stop with Epstein.

“It’s been a long time coming—it’s been too long coming. It is an important step towards getting justice for the many victims of Mr. Epstein’s sex trafficking enterprise.

“We hope that prosecutors will not stop with Mr. Epstein because there were many other people who participated with him and made the sex trafficking possible.”

If the feds don’t stop with Epstein, several politicians who were known to gallivant with Epstein will be very nervous.

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Florida Democrat Who Has Never Won an Election Declares Trump Supporters to No Longer Be Christians

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One of the more interesting revelations…and I choose that word carefully…over the past three years has been the assertion by NeverTrump, that a Christian who votes for Trump, no matter the reason, can’t really be a Christian. Though, presumably, a Christian who voted for Hillary Clinton was just fine. This is because that Trump is so uniquely odious as a politician because he let a woman drown to cover his drunk driving of his hair style and mannerisms and, supposedly his serial infidelities (or so the thrice married Charlie Sykes and adulterous Joe Scarborough tell us) that no one’s soul is safe who voted for him. As a Catholic, I’ve never bothered much with this nonsense. My Church has a visible hierarchy, so I know who to listen to, and we have guide for how to exercise one’s right to vote. I’ve found the current Pope to be enough of a challenge without listening to several hundred, if not thousand, self appointed pontiffs that my Protestant brethren are having to contend with. Nowhere in this guide, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States, is your faith and salvation called into question for voting for a guy you don’t particularly find admirable. You are voting on issues, not on people. Yet, I’ve been amused at the unseemly antics of some Protestant clergy, both for and against Trump, and by the propensity of many Protestant NeverTrumpers to declare folks anathema for voting for Trump. Hell, I’ve even witnessed a Pentecostal question a person’s Christian witness because they support Trump. On multiple occasions.

No less a spiritual guru than David French has claimed that the only reason Evangelicals support Trump is out of fear and their witness is hopelessly compromised:

Talk to engaged evangelicals, and fear is all too often a dominant theme of their political life. The church is under siege from a hostile culture. Religious institutions are under legal attack from progressives. The left wants nuns to facilitate access to abortifacients and contraceptives, it wants Christian adoption agencies to compromise their conscience or close, and it even casts into doubt the tax exemptions of religious education institutions if they adhere to traditional Christian sexual ethics.

These issues are legally important, and there are reasons for evangelicals to be concerned. But there is no reason for evangelicals to abandon long-held principles to behave like any other political-interest group.

Instead, the evangelical church is called to be a source of light in a darkening world. It is not given the luxury of fear-based decisionmaking. Indeed, of all the groups in American life who believe they have the least to fear from American politics, Christians should top the list. The faithful should reject fear.

Yet the church is acting as if it needs Trump to protect it. That’s not courageous. It’s repulsive. And so long as this fear continues, expect the church’s witness to degrade further. In seeking protection from its perceived enemies, the church has lost its way.

It’s time for evangelicals to exercise their political veto power. America’s conservative people of faith should seek a primary challenger to Trump and send a message to the GOP that it will not compromise any longer. And it should do so from a position of confidence–and faith.

Personally, I think this kind of an argument is nothing short of grotesque if not downright blasphemous. What French calls fear is actually Christians acting to combat moral evils…something that apparently is just too darn hard for French to do or something that won’t get him invited to the buffet on the lido deck.

What NeverTrump has done with this irreligious nonsense is teach the left that someone, somewhere, takes their theological advice from various internet randos and will possibly decide not to vote for Trump because a person they don’t know and don’t respect has told them that they’ll go straight to Hell if they do.

The latest edition in this nutbaggery is a perennially losing progressive from Florida named Pam Keith. She just puts into one tweet what French takes an entire article to say:

Pro Tip, if you’re going to tell people their salvation is in jeopardy based on their vote, then, to be credible, you need to win an election or two. Otherwise folks may start to wonder just who voted for you.

As I said, beyond losing elections and giving off a creepy vibe I don’t know what qualifies her to make that statement…okay, I do know, and it’s “not a freakin thing”.

Theologically, we know questionable men can end up doing good things. King David, for instance. The Early Church wrestled with this problem under the guise of the Donatist Heresy. Here the idea was that for the Sacraments administered by clergy to be efficacious, then that member of the clergy must lead a faultless life. The problem here is pretty easy to see. The same heretical theological model is being drafted from the 6th Century and made to justify opposition to Trump. Trump is a bad man, ergo, everything Trump does is bad, even if it is good. Ironically, it isn’t like Trump will be running against a particularly good person. The entire Democrat field is composed of moral cripples who endorse abortion and homosexual marriage and offenses against nature like transgenderism. Some, like Pete Buttigieg, lead a personal life that makes Donald Trump’s seem relatively normal and definitely biologically explainable. I’ve never heard a satisfactory explanation for how disapproving of Trump’s personal life is more important that the things he’s done to restrict abortion and create space for public practice of religion. I’ve also never heard a cogent theological explanation for why deliberately putting people hostile to Christianity into positions of power is a moral thing to do. I’ve heard envy, anger, hatred, spite, jealousy and all manner of other reason speak against voting for Trump but I have never read a laugh-free spiritual case for why fetishizing classical liberalism or socialism as a political philosophy is a morally defensible act.

This nonsense is going to last as long as Trump is in office. Maybe longer. It is stupid and it is obscene. People need to stop it. But they won’t. Because…well, you know why. OrangeManBad.

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