Is this just metaphorical, from the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank?
The late Jerry Falwell, leader of the Moral Majority and founder of Liberty University, built the religious right into a major political force.
His son Jerry Jr. is well on his way to destroying it.
Falwell fils, now Liberty’s president, was among the first and most prominent evangelical Christian leaders to embrace thrice-married, foul-mouthed casino mogul Donald Trump, declaring in January that Trump had lived his life in the spirit of Jesus. This endorsement validated Trump’s character for millions of evangelicals, helping to propel Trump to the Republican nomination. Falwell continued to campaign for Trump, spoke at the Republican convention and likened Trump to Winston Churchill in an August op-ed in The Post.
It continues on in that vein, highlighting how the Religious Right (as opposed to the baby killing and immoral Left, I suppose), have essentially made a deal with the devil to support Trump over Hillary. Perhaps they are simply putting the two on a balance scale, and finding Hillary and her policies and beliefs to be way too immoral to consider voting for her.
Of course, on the flip side, Milbank does make a good point in that if a person is lacking in morals, why would religious leaders throw their support to that person in the name of Trump? There’s a big debate amongst the #NeverHillarys who are also “I can’t freaking believe we nominated Trump”, which boils down to “this guy doesn’t represent me, he doesn’t want my vote, he’s a loose cannon, he spends more time fighting against Republicans than Democrats/Hillary, and he really is a Democrat in Republican clothes. But, the thought of 4 years of Hillary is beyond concerning. Is it worth taking a chance on Trump, or do I stick with my principles and wash my hands of this guy?”
Right now, Trump is attempting to burn down the GOP more than he’s attacking Hillary, and we get headlines such as
How much of this is simply a typical leftist media attempt to split the GOP, which happens every election cycle, and how much is based in reality, considering Trump has a history starting with the primary season of trashing Republicans more harshly than Democrats/Hillary? Now that the shackles are off, he seems to want to burn down the GOP, something the Democrats have never been able to do, splitting everyone, and his supporters not only willingly follow along, they advocate this.
They forget that Trump has stated that he’s not a conservative, that he doesn’t need the Conservative vote, and he’d rather make a play for Bernie Sanders supporters. He never cared about unity. And he’s destroying the down ballot races as he implodes. Hey, maybe things will turn out well. Maybe the polls are all wrong, and the final poll on November 8th will go Trump’s way with the GOP holding the Senate and House. I won’t hold my breathe, and, will note what Kevin D. Williamson (who’s being called GOPe, a cuckservative, and a traitor for failing to back Trump) wrote in May, when he pre-planned his I told you so
I want to leave a note here, because I expect to have many occasions to link back to it in the next several months.
Americans and Republicans, remember: You asked for this. Given the choice between a dozen solid conservatives and one Clinton-supporting con artist and game-show host, you chose the con artist. You chose him freely. Nobody made you do it.
Not all of us did. And I wash my hands of the whole thing at this point. The GOP is less than perfect. We know that. But, they are better than Democrats, and I do not like the way the Trumpites have moved it towards acting in the same “you’re either with us or you will be destroyed” attitude that Democrats have. You’ve been conned. You no longer hold American Conservative values. If I lose readers and commentors, so be it. The results are on Trump supporters.