Saturday, February 02, 2019

God's Man?

This week, Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed that Donald Trump was God's choice for president. Dana Milbank writes in The Washington Post:

Sarah Sanders, asked by the Christian Broadcasting Network this week about Trump being the right man for the moment, replied: “I think God calls all of us to fill different roles at different times, and I think that he wanted Donald Trump to become president, and that’s why he’s there.”
This makes sense, because Trump has of late been acting as if he draws his authority from the divine right of kings. He’s asserting his absolute power to act without — and often in contravention of — the Democratic House, the Republican Senate, his own intelligence agencies, law enforcement authorities and diplomats, and the will of the American public.

However, some might question the Divine Wisdom:

His choice of a thrice-married, foul-mouthed, untruthful casino mogul as His vessel raises thorny theological questions, not least: Why did God award Hillary Clinton the popular vote? And why, given all the Christian conservatives of high character running for president, did God go with a man who boasted about grabbing women by the [expletive], who paid hush money to a porn star, and who derided the “interesting” tendency of Vice President Pence to pray?
Perhaps it was Trump’s boast that “nobody reads the Bible more than me.” Or his National Prayer Breakfast call to pray for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ratings on “The Apprentice.” Or his sermon to Liberty University students about the “two Corinthians.” Or his vow to keep “Merry Christmas in department stores, believe me. ”

Perhaps Sarah bases her belief on Biblical precedent:

We can’t be certain that God didn’t approach Donald, son of Fred, from a burning bush, and that Donald didn’t tell God that in Finland “they spend a lot of time on raking . . . and they don’t have any problem” with forest fires. Or that God didn’t speak to Donald, as to Joshua outside Jericho, telling him the wall would fall, to which Donald replied, “Mexico is going to pay.”

Or perhaps Sarah, like so many other Americans, is simply a fool.

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John B. said...

I'm not sure what she is. Whether she's a fool or not or whether it's theatrics, to be sure she's cashing in on it. I'm also not sure of what motivates the uncompensated probable fools that admire her boss.

Owen Gray said...

It seems to me that selfishness has something to do with it, John. Perhaps she believes -- with Ayn Rand -- that selfishness is a virtue.

Lulymay said...


I'm just sitting around enjoying the sun in Trumplandia and reading your blog.
(Isn't the internet just great?) With respect to you either/or comments regarding Sarah (Elmira Gantry) Huckabee Sanders, I can only offer a yup, yup, and many more yups.


Owen Gray said...

Mr. Gantry went from peddling vacuum cleaners to Bibles, Lulymay. Trump is treading a well worn path. Enjoy the sunshine.

the salamander said...

.. I did see the actual clip.. Huckabee Sanders seems to be a true hysteric.. Not that there's a shred of 'true' to her.. all the dogma just spills from her tongue like breathing out. Its all rote, repeat, some vague bible wank, more talk talk holier smarm than thou.. Quite laughable.. as she lies like an AWOL trooper found drunk in a brothel.. so there are two distinct and stinking personas there.. the ultra devout horseshite (one hopes its not real) and the asshat Trump sellout.. hysterical stuff .. if Trump pooped on the rug with loud noises. she would proclaim he was only making harmonic humming noises while piously reciting Corinthians 5-12 (which I just made up.. the 5-12 part)

Hope your back is not acting up.. and on good behaviour.. !

Owen Gray said...

These folks have passed from certainty to certitude, sal. There's no hope for them. My back is on the mend, but my posts may become somewhat irregular.

John B. said...

I don't know about the "great" part, but drummers have always played a significant role in making America what it is today, whether they're huckstering clothes brushes, soap or religion. Nothing happens until somebody sells something, and it happens best when the buyer really doesn't need what that somebody's selling, or doesn't realize that it works on TV but not when you get it home.

Owen Gray said...

Quite true, John. From Mark Twain on down, con men have been a source of humour in the United States. If Trump wasn't president, he'd be part of a long and humerous tradition. He's still laughable. But there's lot about him that isn't funny at all.