With the exception of this recent outburst, David Barton has been largely out of the news since Ted Cruz left the race. As the director of Cruz Super Pac, Barton did not have many nice things to say about Donald Trump. Barton was not chosen for Trump’s Evangelical Advisory Council.
But things can change very quickly. Barton now believes that Trump must be “God’s guy” in this election.
Warren Throckmorton has it covered at his blog. Here is a taste:
What is maddening about Barton’s description is that he was asked for advice by a delegate who doesn’t believe Trump should represent the GOP. Instead of pointing the delegate to the Free the Delegate movement, he told him to accept Trump as “God’s guy.”
Barton rationalized his advice:
“One thing I know for sure is that in the race of primaries, we had a lot really good God guys in there,” Barton said. “And we had a huge turnout of professing Christians and evangelicals and others, so there is nothing to complain about that we didn’t get a voice, we didn’t get a candidate. We had great candidates to choose from and this is who the people chose, and this is who the people chose with a really high turnout of evangelicals. So I kind of look back and say, ‘Hmmm, I wonder where God’s fingerprint is in this?’ because this is not necessarily a failure of the church.”
The logic of Christian nationalists like Barton never ceases to amaze me. It goes something like this. America is a Christian and exceptional nation. Democracy is the prevailing political philosophy in America. Since America is a Christian and exceptional nation, and democracy is the political philosophy that God has ordained in this nation, then it goes without saying that the person who the people elect must be “God’s guy.”
Oh yes, I almost forgot. This theological view of politics only applies to GOP candidates. After all, the Republican Party is the community through which God’s will for America is made manifest in the world. 🙂
As Throckmorton writes: “I wonder why Barton doesn’t consider Barack Obama God’s guy. Despite all kinds of evangelical GOTV efforts and prayer rallies and such, Obama won twice.”