If you’ve followed the unholy matrimony of Evangelical Conservatism and the Republican Party for any length of time at all, this will cause you to stand to your feet and applaud!
The Atlantic ran an expose of prominent Evangelical leaders, demanding they either denounce Donald Trump or apologize for the way they treated Bill Clinton in the 199os. The heart of the matter here is that ” Conservative Christians were unwilling to extend mercy to a Democrat who asked for it but have offered it freely to a Republican who doesn’t want it.”
The idea of apologizing to Clinton comes from one of Evangelical Christianity’s biggest and loudest moral grand-standers in Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary since the early Clinton 90s. Mohler says if he were to support Donald Trump, “I would actually have to go back and apologize to former President Bill Clinton.”
From the Atlantic:
At least Mohler is consistent, which is more than can be said for some of his peers in leadership. While prominent evangelicals tied Bill Clinton to the public whipping post for nearly a decade to make him pay penance for his character defects, they now celebrate a reality-television star who is at least as flawed. As Mohler said, if these Christian leaders want to endorse Trump, they should apologize to Bill Clinton.
Ever since the sexual revolutions of the 1960s, conservative Christians have been especially focused on sexual immorality. Many believe in staying abstinent until one’s wedding day and forbid sex outside of opposite-gender marriage. Clinton’s sexual scandals convinced evangelicals that the president would lead America further away from its “Christian roots.” When Monica Lewinsky produced her infamous semen-stained dress, Clinton went from morally questionable to a moral disgrace in their eyes.
The televangelist Pat Robertson once called Clinton a “debauched, debased, and defamed” politician who turned the Oval Office into a “playpen for the sexual freedom of the poster child of the 1960s.” It’s difficult to understand how Robertson could tell Trump recently, “You inspire us all.”
[Trump] has been married three times, and it is widely believed that he was unfaithful during each relationship. When he was deposed in the divorce proceedings with his first wife, Ivana, he invoked the Fifth Amendment 97 times to avoid answering questions about questions regarding “other women.” He married his second wife, Marla Maples, two months after she gave birth to their daughter. Until recently, Trump embraced his reputation as a Manhattan womanizer. In case you are wondering, evangelicals typically aren’t big fans of divorce, adultery, or out-of-wedlock pregnancy.
The long list of hypocritical evangelical leaders that spent a decade denouncing Bill Clinton but now rationalize their support of Trump include Jerry Falwell Jr., James Dobson, Wayne Grudem, Ralph Reed, Pat Robertson and Robert Jeffress.
The Atlantic went on to say,
While Clinton, at least, hid his indiscretions, Trump has paraded his affairs down Broadway for decades. In The Art of the Deal, Trump actually bragged about bedding multiple married women. He’s slept with so many women that he called his ability to avoid STDs “my personal Vietnam.” He’s objectified or insulted the women he hasn’t married, divorced, or slept with, labeling those he finds unattractive with terms like “fat pig,” “dog” or “slob.” In numerous interviews with Howard Stern, he talked in graphic detail about his sexual exploits and discussed which female celebrities are worth a “bang.” How exactly do evangelicals reconcile this behavior with claims that they value respect for women?
In addition to Clinton’s sexual misconduct, evangelicals were particularly concerned with his alleged lies. But how, then, can they support the real-estate mogul’s candidacy? Donald Trump plays at least as fast and loose with the truth as Clinton did. From the size of his net worth to his claim that thousands of people in New Jersey cheered when the World Trade Center was attacked on 9/11, Trump fibs constantly. The website Politfact factchecked the GOP candidate 182 times and found that his statements were “true” or “mostly true” only 19 times. In 2015, the organization awarded Trump its “lie of the year.”
Don’t hold your breath waiting for any of these evangelical leaders to repent of their utter hypocrisy. And most certainly don’t believe them when they say that Donald Trump was the moral/ethical/Christian choice in this election.
They don’t really care about that. Their only concern was not having Hillary Clinton elected president. They were willing to sell their souls to the devil to make that happen…and they did.