The Great Conundrum
(and the Church of the 18 Holes)
How can you be both a Trump supporter and an evangelical Christian? Lawrence O’Donnell, writer, actor, legislative aide, political pundit, and currently host of The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, added “preacher” to his repertoire last night in the segment of his show called “The Rewrite,” as he tackled this riddle.
His answer? Honestly, you can’t.
The piece was prompted by Trump’s referring to Mexicans as “animals.” Calling people animals, O’Donnell, a Catholic, said, is “an instinctual roar that comes from deep in the gut … No-one would condemn Donald Trump calling people animals more than Jesus Christ would.” He charged that Trump doesn’t understand the “revolutionary” notion Christianity brought to the world, namely that “God lives in every person.”
“You Christian followers of Donald Trump have a choice tonight,” O’Donnell said, “between the words of Donald Trump and the words of Jesus Christ because no matter how hard you try on this one, no matter how much you torture yourself into trying to rationalize and manipulate Donald Trump’s words, you cannot manipulate the words of Jesus Christ in the New Testament and on this one it is absolutely not possible to believe the words of Donald Trump and the words of Jesus Christ. … To believe that Donald Trump is right, you have to believe that your religion is wrong.”
In a clip during the segment, of course, there was Trump, claiming to be a church-going Presbyterian. No mention, of course, of the “Two Corinthians” gaffe some time ago and the many Sundays we see him swinging a golf club.
When he goes to church, he goes to the Church of the 18 Holes.
To see O’Donnell’s “ Rewrite” of May 17, click here. To see the story of Roberto Beristain, the immigrant mentioned in “The Rewrite,” click here.