I coined the phrase ‘Pulp Politics’ that came into its fullness last night on America This Week when Rudi Giuliani spilled the beans when he said 911 was the best and worst day of his life, because he and President Bush got to work ‘The Pile’ like hell – and make much political hay!
“What about me?” whines Osama Bin Laden, whose name was not mentioned as Rudi shot his mouth off dropping the names of Mafia bosses that he knew. The host tried to get onboard The Crime Fest, and Rudi pushed him off the subway platform onto the track – with a snarl!
“Fuck you! You ain’t got no Mafia stories – like I got Mafia stories! Get off my cloud. So as I was saying, Bush and I really worked the crowd. We laughed when I said our political rating went up 20%!”
It was I who have been calling the Republicans Co-Terrorists, because they glommed on to the Islamic Terrorists attack and fucked her like an old whore on 42nd Street! It is clear to everyone the Trumpire struck a blow against the Democrats when Rudy and Donald took out the Evil War Lord of the enemy religion of The Holy Base.
“I love Mike Huckabee. What a man! He ripped off Bin Laden’s pants, grabbed him by the ears, and made his squeal like a pig! Have you seen the tits on his daughter? I love how she sassy-mouthed the press, the Enemy of the People who along with THE STATE DEPARTMENT covertly created THE DEEP STATE so they can destroy the Republicans! IT’S A COUP!”
If State Departments all over the world had any doubts that Trump offed that Iranian War God to distract from his Impeachment, Rudi pretty much claimed – IT WAS HIS IDEA! The High Leach of Ground Zero offered MOTIVE. The world is a corrupt place run by Dons and Gangsters. It’s a dog eat dog world. GET THE DEMOCRATS! They are traitors. Take America and God away from them! They don’t deserve the Mercy of Jesus!
“Did you know Obama dropped LSD with Charlie Manson? Helter-Skelter! That’s where the Deep State got started!”
Rudy gave all indications that he had shit on our President, who owes him another hour in the sun, after all, it was he who invented Terrorist Politics when he bagged Mafia leaders in court. The Mafia are/were Terrorists! And so are Evangelical Leaders! The visit to the Prosperity Gospel Freak Show, and the promise he will return Praying In Schools is the American Taliban. We are The New ISIS – with burning car. Our Rocket Man of Jesus – is the best! The Red Hats of The Total Trumpire got up and cheered – and waved their arms about in rapture! What they really want to hear is;
“And! And! My Prayer Team is working on a prayer that will make every evangelical a winner when they play the One Arm Bandits in Vegas!”
I love the woman wearing the leopard patterned blouse. She gives me an idea for a T.V. show….”I Know My Bible”. I will go to the rallies and ask the Bozos for Bubba Jesus;
“Who knows their Bible – raise your hand?”
My show will be a mixture of The Price Is Right and Queen For a Day.
Need I say….I SAW ALL THIS COMING?
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s Parliament called for the expulsion of U.S. troops from the country Sunday in reaction to the American drone attack that killed a top Iranian general, raising the prospect of a withdrawal that could allow a resurgence by Islamic State extremists.
Lawmakers approved a resolution asking the Iraqi government to end the agreement under which Washington sent forces more than four years ago to help in the fight against ISIS.
The bill is subject to approval by the Iraqi government. Even then, canceling the U.S.-Iraq agreement requires giving the Americans a one-year notice for withdrawal.
(RNS) — President Donald Trump insisted that he is favored by God during a speech to evangelicals on Friday evening (Jan. 3), in which he also went through a roll call of evangelical rallying points and challenged the faith of his Democratic rivals as he kicked off a new campaign initiative aimed at conservative Christians.
“I really do believe we have God on our side,” Trump told the crowd of roughly 5,000 gathered at El Rey Jesús Church in Miami.
Trump was at the church to launch “Evangelicals for Trump,” a new initiative for his 2020 reelection bid. Many in the audience wore red hats emblazoned with the president’s campaign slogan: Make America Great Again.
The event came in the wake of a bombshell editorial calling for Trump’s removal from office published in December at the evangelical magazine Christianity Today. The editor-in-chief of the magazine, which was founded by famed evangelist Billy Graham, described the president as “morally lost and confused” and said the impeachment case against him was solid and “unambiguous.”
Trump inaccurately dismissed Christianity Today as “far left” at the time, and he has appeared eager to reinforce his support among evangelicals in recent weeks.
He regularly invoked Christian nationalist themes throughout his address on Friday, tying faith to the country’s history and future. He described the United States as “not built by religion-hating socialists” but by “churchgoing, God-worshipping, freedom-loving patriots.” He argued that “a society without religion cannot prosper, a nation without faith cannot endure, because justice, goodness and peace cannot prevail without the glory of Almighty God.”
He then extended the theme to his own reelection. “We’re going to win another monumental victory for faith and family, God and country, flag and freedom,” he said.
Trump spent much of the speech touching on subjects he often mentions when speaking to evangelical Christian audiences: religious freedom, Israel, his administration’s opposition to abortion and his claim that he has made it permissible to say “Merry Christmas” again. He was joined onstage by several speakers who praised his administration’s efforts, including Cissie Graham Lynch, a granddaughter of Graham.
“Above all else in America we don’t worship government, we worship God,” Trump said as the crowd erupted in applause.
The president repeatedly characterized religion itself as under attack or “under siege” in the United States, saying that people of faith have no greater champion than him. He noted a recent shooting at a church in Texas and the stabbing of Jews at a Hanukkah gathering in New York, adding that he would strive to combat anti-Semitism.
He did not mention his controversial travel ban — which was originally proposed as a ban on Muslims entering the country — or attacks on Muslim Americans and their houses of worship that have occurred during his presidency.
However, Trump did take shots at the field of Democratic candidates vying to replace him.
“As we speak, every Democrat candidate is trying to punish religious believers, and silence our churches and our pastors,” Trump said. “Our opponents want to shut out God from the public square so they can impose their extreme anti-religious and socialist agenda on America.”
It is unclear what Trump meant by “punish religious believers,” although he made reference to a short-lived proposal by former candidate Beto O’Rourke of Texas, who once suggested faith-based institutions should lose their tax-exempt status if they don’t support same-sex marriage. O’Rourke later clarified that he was referring only to religious institutions that provide public services, not individual houses of worship.
Trump also mocked former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who has referenced faith repeatedly during his presidential campaign. The president joked that “nobody can pronounce (Buttigieg’s) name” before questioning the authenticity of the Democrat’s religious beliefs.
“All of a sudden he has become extremely religious,” Trump said. “This happened about two weeks ago.”
Buttigieg, an Episcopalian, has discussed his faith repeatedly since he first initiated his presidential bid in January 2019. The Democratic candidate also tweeted a reference to faith after Trump’s speech, saying, “God does not belong to a political party.”
Trump’s quips regarding the Democratic candidates’ religious views appear to contradict remarks he made during his 2016 campaign. After Pope Francis seemed to suggest the businessman was “not a Christian” in February of that year, Trump responded by arguing that such theological critique was inappropriate.
“No leader, especially a religious leader, has the right to question another man’s religion or faith,” Trump said at the time.
Friday’s event opened with several evangelical leaders praying over Trump. Paula White, newly minted head of the White House’s Faith and Opportunity Initiative, and Jack Graham of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, flanked the president as pastor Jentezen Franklin of Gainesville, Georgia, called Trump “a fighter and a champion for freedom” and thanked God for sending him to the Oval Office.
“I thank you, Lord, that he doesn’t claim to be perfect, but he is passionate,” Franklin said. He closed with a line that appeared to reference Trump’s campaign slogan: “Lord, do something so great in him and in this nation that the pundits on TV and the news anchors will be amazed at how great America is because God is great in America again.”
The choice of venue — El Rey Jesús Church, a massive congregation of mostly Spanish-speaking worshippers — may have been a strategic play by Trump’s campaign team to garner support among Hispanic evangelicals. The subgroup of Christian conservatives does not fit squarely within either major political party and has been touted as an important swing vote ahead of the 2020 election.
“It is not only logical but — arguably — politically brilliant that the President will kick off 2020 with the launch of his reelection’s evangelical outreach at a Latino megachurch in the state of Florida,” the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, told Religion News Service in a statement. “According to exit polls, 29 to 30% of Latinos voted for President Trump in 2016. The driving forces behind that Hispanic support may this time garner even greater support: faith values and economic opportunity.”
Also in attendance on Friday was Tony Suarez, a vice president of the NHCLC who endorsed Trump in 2016. Suarez told RNS that he attended the gathering because he supports the president, and he predicted evangelicals of all stripes would back Trump come Election Day.
“Other than one article from (Christianity Today) that I believe to be an anomaly, Evangelical support for our president is as strong as it’s ever been,” Suarez said via text message. “Beyond Evangelical support, no one expected President Trump to receive much of the Latino vote as he did in 2016 and I predict it’ll be even higher in 2020.”
There are signs that securing Hispanic evangelical support will not be uncomplicated for Trump, however — especially when it comes to immigration policies, on which Hispanic evangelicals are less conservative than white evangelicals. Ahead of his visit, Guillermo Maldonado, the pastor of El Rey Jesús, assured his congregants that they would not risk deportation if they decided to attend the event.
Trump may also have difficulty winning over evangelicals who are already unhappy with his presidency. Red Letter Christians, a progressive-leaning evangelical group, broadcast a response to his speech Friday night over Facebook. Lisa Sharon Harper, founder of Freedom Road and the person chosen to deliver the response, singled out Trump’s recent decision to kill Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani, which the president celebrated at the beginning of his speech.
“We oppose President Trump’s order to assassinate Gen. Qassem Soleimani last night,” Harper said. “Our faith compels us to speak, and our conscience will not permit us to be silent. … We speak here as followers of Jesus, who said, ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.'”
She also bemoaned Trump’s support among her fellow evangelical Christians.
“We must not lend support to compromised evangelicals with our silence,” she said. “History will remember this unholy collusion between white evangelicals and Donald Trump. We must speak up.”
Trump spoke on the outskirts of Miami at the King Jesus International Ministry, a “prosperity gospel” church that teaches that the faithful will be rewarded with health and wealth on earth.
“We are defending religion itself, it’s under siege,” Trump said. “A society without religion cannot prosper.”
More than 80% of white evangelicals voted for Trump in the 2016 election. But a crack in evangelical support opened up last month when the magazine Christianity Today wrote a blistering editorial on Trump’s “grossly immoral character.”
Attendees, some of them wearing Trump’s signature red campaign hats, nearly filled the room, which the church says holds 7,000. Some raised their hands in a sign of praise and swayed while music played loudly over the speakers before the president entered the room.
Pastors gathered around Trump on the stage for an opening prayer, while much of the audience remained standing with their hands aloft.
In his speech, Trump mocked Democratic challenger Pete Buttigieg, the Indiana mayor, for having what he said was an unpronounceable last name, and told attendees Democrats were waging war against religion.
“These angry radicals want to impose absolute conformity by censuring speech, tearing down crosses and symbols of faith and banning religious believers from public life.”
He got a big reaction from the crowd when he promised to bring religion into U.S. schools. A clause in the U.S. Constitution prohibits the government from promoting one religion over the other, which means public schools don’t promote prayer or religious symbols.
“Very soon I’ll be taking action to safeguard students and teachers’ First Amendment rights to pray in our schools,” Trump said. “They want to take that right along with many other ones.”
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According to a 2019 survey here by the Pew Research Center, 43% of U.S. adults, or some 110 million people, identify with Protestantism; 59% of those, or 64 million are born-again or evangelical Christians.
Christian support for Trump remained relatively constant from his inauguration until March of 2019, Pew Research shows. Some Christians believe that support has frayed since.
Friday’s rally “is Trump’s desperate response to the realization that he is losing his primary voting bloc — faith voters,” said Doug Pagitt, the executive director of Vote Common Good, a progressive Christian group, on Friday.