By Frank Schaeffer | 2 October 2019
Evangelical leader Franklin Graham is amplifying the violence-loving comments Trump repeated in a tweet, that if Democrats impeach him (or he loses in 2020) it will cause a “Civil War.” Graham on Facebook also falsely claimed that Democrats are going to “take your guns,” a claim made only by former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, and related only to assault weapons.
“The socialist Democrats’ message to the United States of America is: 1. We’re going to take your guns, and 2. We’re going to impeach your president,” Graham wrote on the social media platform to his 8 million followers.
He credited Dr. Robert Jeffress as the originator of the “Civil War” claim, saying the far right wing megachurch pastor had “warned on Fox News that this could ‘cause a civil war-like fracture in this nation from which this country will never heal.’ I don’t know about that,” Graham claimed, “but I can tell you this could lead to conflict that nobody wants if they continue down this road.”
Nobody wants it? Wrong: the evangelical right is itching to kill in the name of Jesus. They want America to become their version of Iran and Saudi Arabia – an intolerant theocracy they lead through their man Trump.
Graham is literally suggesting that if Trump is impeached or if Democrats institute an assault weapons buyback program, conservatives and Christians will have no choice but to launch a civil war.
“Pray that God would change the hearts of Democratic leaders in Washington and that they would see the dangerous road that we’re on,” he implored.
Graham’s post spread quickly on Facebook, and his followers were only too happy to support his extremist and divisive rhetoric.
More than 7000 comments posted in under one hour. They called the Democrats evil and called for stocking more guns and ammunition “in every real Christian’s home.”
White evangelicals are an armed American Nazi Party.
Trump says Adam Schiff, should be arrested for treason. Trump’s evangelical booster Robert Jeffress threatens civil war if Trump’s impeached. Trump calls the whistle blower a spy and threatens punishment – death. Wake up America.
Trump is a fascist thug leading evangelical ISIS-like terrorists. Add Robert Jeffress to Trump, Trump to Fox News, Fox to white nationalists, white nationalists to the NRA, the NRA to the Republican Party, the Republicans to the fossil fuel climate deniers, and you’ve described the empire of darkness driving the USA and our planet into oblivion.
This is what Trump wants from Republicans: to fight and die in a bloody civil conflict to bail him out of the mile-deep mineshaft he’s dug in a lifetime of bottomless corruption. That’s how he sees his evangelical fans – a human shield for him, worthless in itself, dumb, laughable but useful.
Are the gun-toting violence-loving white evangelicals following Jeffress going to kill us for Trump’s sake?
Reprinted with permission from the author.
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