Trump & the Christian Right
Talk about an odd couple. The 45th president and the Christian right. For the president, renowned for his wayward ways, the support from some of the mega-churches and their high priests form a key part of his base. According to a Pew poll, over 80% of white evangelicals said they will vote for the current occupant of the Oval Office. The Christian right looks the other way when confronted with the facts. For them, it’s all about opposing same-sex marriage and abortion, funding religious-based schools, ensuring right-wing judges are appointed, and embracing nationalism, militarism and imperialism. There is enough hypocrisy to fill many bookshelves. Just see Jerry Falwell, Jr. Sometimes it’s hard to keep the faith.
Chris Hedges is an award-winning journalist who has reported from war zones around the world. Cornel West calls him, “The greatest radical writer and journalist of our generation.” He writes a weekly column for scheerpost.com. He is the host of The Chris Hedges Report. He is the author of many books including War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning, Empire of Illusion, Death of the Liberal Class, Wages of Rebellion, Our Class, and The Greatest Evil is War.
Laura Armitage –
Thank you! I needed that. Now my head doesn’t feel like it’s going to explode whenever I realize that Trump has many supporters, and many of them profess to be followers of Christ! Incredulity is a feeling I’m tired of. Now the trick is not responding in kind, but in love and compassion.
Betty Silberman –
Chris Hedges is one of the best apeakers around. His lectures are always to the point, based on fact, and very interesting. I wish we had more people like him, to offset the current flood of misguided Americans, who’ve had their minds hijacked by right wing maniacs.
wendy peach –
I was shocked and scared after hearing this report. I think we are all doomed by this small group of very sick people.
So absolutely and sadly correct. Chris Hedges is such a credible and brave voice that is MUCH needed. So grateful to AR for all the good work continuing.
Elaine Cimino (verified owner) –
The best solution to pulling people away from the fascism of the Christian Right that is the reaction to neoliberalism and oligarchy is to provide living wages, free healthcare, and education. Hedges explains it well.
Denise Cupps –
5 stars. A clear explanation as to why Trump has chosen people for his cabinet that are so inexperienced and why he can do anything and everything against Christian principles and be supported and loved by these people. Also, why Trump loves the uneducated.
John Mitchell –
I have been looking for a similar voice and I have heard it with him. I have also watched the Christian right and their love affair with Trump.
John P Ayala –
This is the most succinct and powerful analysis of Trump’s reciprocal relationship with the Christian right I’ve heard to date. I’d like to shout it from the mountaintops! I love that the prescription for mitigation of blind subscription to fallacious reality is simply to provide good government policy.
BRETT DEGRAS –
Eyes and ears opener.
Carol Newman –
Extraordinary unmasking of the current situation including detailed specifics. I was riveted. And I thought I was already knowledgeable.
Cathy Seitz –
Yay to Chris Hedges for directly confronting those who have taken what should be a religion of peace, tolerance, and sensitivity for women and the downtrodden, and interpreting it as a religion upholding violence, intolerance, and oppression. He calls us to wake up and speak up. He points out how important it is for people to hear about the pitfalls of some branches of Christianity, instead of being polite about them as spiritual systems. As a mental health worker, I can say that some mainstream churches cross into the area of abuse or cultism in actual practice, regardless of the goodness of their individual followers. Hedges points out that the percentage of the American public who are involved is sobering, but we can turn that around by reaching out, educating, and setting better examples.
Eloquent and straight to the point. Mr Hedges explains it well.