Here’s one of the most enjoyable sights to watch during this election cycle: how religious right leaders willingly abandon any sense of principle in order to justify their support for Donald Trump. There’s a long and hilarious list of reasons, straight from the the text, all of which ignores the simple fact that Trump is the least religious presidential candidate since, well, ever. The most religious candidate in this campaign is, of course, Hillary Clinton, a devout Methodist.
Obviously, capturing the presidency and the all-important fifth vote on the Supreme Court is far more important than practicing the values the religious right foists on the rest of us. The ends seem to, ahem, to trump the means, not matter how distasteful.
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If anything, Trump is the antithesis of religious virtue. His life is a recap of the seven deadly sins writ large.
Here are some prime examples of how Trump illustrates the worst vices in the Christian tradition, mostly in his own words.
Like you have to ask. Trump is a walking seminar in narcissism; at least one psychologist is using tapes of him to teach about the personality disorder. By his own account, Trump is never wrong. “I think apologizing’s a great thing, but you have to be wrong,” he has said. “I will absolutely apologize, sometime in the hopefully distant future, if I’m ever wrong.” This extends to asking God for forgiveness for his sins. Apparently, Trump has none worth bothering the Almighty about. “Why do I have to repent or ask for forgiveness, if I am not making mistakes?” Trump asked.
“My whole life I’ve been greedy, greedy, greedy,” Trump said in January. “I’ve grabbed all the money I could get. I’m so greedy.” Even as a candidate, Trump is out to get as much money for himself as possible. His campaign’s latest financial disclosure show that he jacked the rent up on his headquarters more than four-fold once he stopped self-funding his campaign. Basically, he’s using even his own political supporters to further enrich himself. Sorry, suckers! So far, his campaign has paid Trump-owned entities more than $7 million.
Trump is a serial adulterer. And that’s one of his better qualities. A slew of women have come forward to recount how Trump sexually harassed them. His interest in beauty pageants wasn’t just financial; he boasted that when he bought the Miss Universe pageant “the bathing suits got smaller and the heels got higher.” And if that’s not proof enough, remember the time Trump joked about lusting after his own daughter? Not that Trump cares. As he put it, “You know, it really doesn’t matter what the media write as long as you’ve got a young, and beautiful, piece of ass.”
What can you say about a man who picks a fight with a microphone? Trump erupts in rage whenever things aren’t going his way or when anyone calls him on his nonsense, abusing his own beleageured staff members who are doing their best to prop up an idiot. Worst still, the anger is contagious. His campaign is all about fueling the fury of his supporters, ridiculing anyone who looks different at his rallies, including encouraging violence against protesters.
Trump is a famous fast-food aficionado. “The Big Macs are great,” he enthuses. “The Quarter Pounder. It’s great stuff.” Not just McDonald’s: his love of caloric overage extends to Burger King, Wendy’s and KFC. Of course, it helps when you have Chris Christie around to fetch your Happy Meal.
When your IQ is “one of the highest” (relative to what, God knows), and you have “the world’s greatest memory,” really, why should you envy anyone? But Trump has his weaknesses. For one, there’s his man-crush on Vladimir Putin, whose authoritarian power he clearly wishes he possessed. But it’s not just Vlad. Trump recently tried to downplay the Hollywood powerhouses behind Hillary Clinton’s campaign, like Meryl Streep and Beyonce, saying that they “aren’t very hot any more.” You can sense the note of jealousy from the man whose biggest celebrity supporters are the likes of Scott Baio and Antonio Sabato, who barely make the list any more.
This sin may seem to be a bit outside of Trump’s usual behavior, but in fact, his entire presidential campaign is a testament to laziness. Trump hasn’t done any of the hard work of building an actual campaign structure, preferring instead to rely upon the Republican National Committee to do all the heavy lifting for him. Add the fact that Trump can’t be bothered actually learning about anything, even about nuclear policy, instead trusting his “gut,” and he might as well be hanging upside down from a tree by three toes.