It seems like we have asked this question before.
The court evangelicals got their Supreme Court justices and embassy in Israel. They got tax cuts. They think Trump is the most faith-friendly president in American history.
Today the court evangelicals are silent.
Yesterday Donald Trump told four members of the United States Congress–all women of color–to go back to their countries. As someone who spent two decades studying and teaching American history (including American immigrant history), this kind of rhetoric is racist.
It was racist when Anglo-Americans told the Irish to go back to their country.
It was racist when Italians, Jews, and Chinese were told to go back to their country.
It is racist when immigrants from the Middle East, Asia, Central America, and Southern America are told to go back to their country.
It is racist when white people tell black people to “go back to Africa.”
Here is some additional historical context.
Trump is simply calling upon an old tradition in American history. Sadly, we have been telling people to “go back to your country” since the birth of the republic. None of this is new. Trump appeals to the darkest parts of our past. This is what demagogues do. Today he refused to rescind his comments because apparently a lot of people like them.
But America has always had its better angels. We have always had men and women who have tried to consistently apply our country’s ideals to matters of race, immigration, and injustice. Robert Jeffress, Franklin Graham, Jerry Falwell Jr. Jack Graham, Tony Perkins, Paula White, Ralph Reed, Gary Bauer, David Barton, Jim Bakker, Lance Wallnau, Steven Strang and the rest of the court evangelicals do not fall into this category.
Sadly, the court evangelicals have chosen to side with darkness over light. They are sycophants, incapable of speaking truth to power because they have made a deal with the devil (who apparently has come in the guise of a new King Cyrus). They have enabled Donald Trump. The silence speaks volumes.
Rather than speaking out today, some of them are simply quoting Bible verses:
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.” (Ephesians 6:10)
— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) July 16, 2019
— Dr. Robert Jeffress (@robertjeffress) July 16, 2019
And there is this:
The Evangelical-Trump coalition is changing America…and winning. This is why the liberal media attack evangelicals and Trump so viciously. Must-read column in @WashTimes by @RebeccaHagelin.https://t.co/SYoLludbqI
— Ralph Reed (@ralphreed) July 15, 2019
Click here to see what Trump says in private about his evangelical enablers.