Trump and his Evangelical backers’ anti-science KILL

By Frank Schaeffer | 28 March 2020
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Even as most of the world clamps down further on the movement of people, Trump remains focused on restarting the economy and spreading feel-good lies. He can do this because he is in line with the magical thinking of his evangelical base. This man must be stopped and removed from office NOW — before he kills millions of Americans. And evangelicals have to be exposed as Public Enemy Number One.

Ordinarily the consequences of evangelical anti-science idiocy might not show up. In the case of the pandemic, the consequences of having Trump’s base made up of delusional fools is too obvious to ignore. Evangelical’s magical thinking is killing Americans via Trump’s lust for power.

Trump appeases his evangelicals by NOT helping states with COVID response. Evangelical leaders line up with the GOP anti-government anti-tax agenda. Ken Blackwell (Family Research Council) has cast food stamps as “contrary to the biblical model.” Evangelicals will kill us all.

The contribution of the evangelical movement has ensured that our government is in the hands of people who appear to be incapable of running it well as COVID-19 stalks the land. Trump’s evangelicals are thereby killing Americans in far greater numbers than terrorists ever did.

Trump’s evangelicals will kill us all. When Rev. Spell defied an order from Gov Edwards and hosted in-person services for over 1,000 he said the ban was “politically motivated.” And anti-L.G.B.T. activist Steve Hotze denounced COVID concern as — you guessed it — “fake news.”

Evangelicals will kill us all. They greeted the news of the coronavirus as an insult to Trump: March 13 on “Fox & Friends,” Jerry Falwell Jr said Coronavirus is “hype” “You know, impeachment didn’t work — so maybe now this is their next attempt to get Trump.”

To evangelicals only a biblical-style leader free from the moral scruples of political correctness can save the righteous from the Democrats. Fealty to the cause is everything! Fidelity to the facts means nothing. Damn the truth about COVID-19! Trump is right! Evangelicals kill.

Trump didn’t invoke Easter by accident. He’s pandering to evangelicals and his evangelical allies were thrilled by his anti-experts vision of “packed churches all over our country. I think it would be a beautiful time,” the Trump said. Trump’s evangelical base will kill us all.

Chinese censors mirror the evangelical/Trump-style Big Lie. They are deleting images from funeral homes on Chinese social media, prompting anger. But Republicans are fine with Trump deleting help to the states and rewriting the history of his response failures just as thoroughly as the communist leaders are doing. Trump must go!

In an emotional tribute to the workers of the National Health Service, millions across Britain took to their windows, doorsteps and balconies to simultaneously applaud those risking their own health to help others as Trump canceled help to states here in the USA.

Trump KILLS and must BE REMOVED — NOW!

In a White House briefing, Trump’s servant/enabler Deborah L. Birx, the administration’s coronavirus response coordinator, insisted that talk of ventilator and hospital bed shortages was “overwrought” as she defended Trump canceling help to states. Trump must be replaced NOW.

As the US became the global epicenter, state leaders urged Trump to take aggressive steps to mobilize the production of critically needed supplies. Instead Trump called off the venture to produce as many as 80,000 ventilators saying $1 billion price tag is too high. Trump KILLS and must GO NOW!

States plead for more federal help, but White House cancels ventilator production plan. Trump is killing us. Remove Trump NOW!

Trump is killing us. “This could have been stopped by implementing testing and surveillance much earlier — for example, when the first imported cases were identified,” said Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at Columbia University. (NY Times) Remove Trump NOW.

Trump’s fatal missteps/lost opportunities dog the USA response. Among them: a failure to take the pandemic seriously even as it engulfed China, a deeply flawed effort to provide broad testing for the virus that left the country blind. Remove Trump NOW before he kills millions!

With 330 million residents, the United States is the world’s third most populous nation, meaning it provides a vast pool of people who can potentially get COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. Trump is playing political games with our nation. Trump must be removed NOW.

Scientists warned that the United States “someday” would become the country hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic. That moment arrived on Thursday March 26. Trump will kill us unless he is removed NOW and replaced by Pence, who is enabling Trump but as president might almost act sane by comparison to Trump.

The more rapidly the virus spreads as Trump fumbles and stalls, the sooner hospitals are overwhelmed and the more people die with horrifying speed, as evidenced by the dire situations in Italy and Spain.

If God loves America, Trump will be removed from office NOW

Trump’s ego-trust of his gut over the experts on issues like vaccines, COVID-19 doesn’t come from religious conviction. But Trump is fatally in tune with the anti-science evangelicals who are the core of his base. Evangelicals have killed America.

Trump fan’s COVID-19 “response” streamed on Facebook; Louisiana pastor Tony Spell: “We’re going to pass out anointed handkerchiefs to people who have a fear. We believe that when those anointed handkerchiefs go that healing virtue is going to go on them as well.” Evangelicals kill.

Reprinted with permission from the author.

Frank Schaeffer is a New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen books, including “Why I am an Atheist Who Believes in God” and “Letter to Lucy: A Manifesto of Creative Redemption — In the Age of Trump, Fascism and Lies”, an Interactive, Multi-Touch Book available exclusively on Apple Books and Kindle Fire. He has been a frequent guest on the Rachel Maddow Show on NBC, has appeared on Oprah, been interviewed by Terri Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air and appeared on the Today Show, BBC News and many other media outlets. He is a much sought after speaker and has lectured at a wide range of venues from Harvard’s Kennedy School to the Hammer Museum/UCLA, Princeton University, Riverside Church Cathedral, DePaul University and the Kansas City Public Library.

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