I may have to rethink my criticism of Donald Trump as a habitual liar and narcissist because in his recent “maybe I will, maybe I won’t run for president” campaign rally, he assured his army of cultists that supporting him is the right thing to do because he is the “most honest human being, perhaps, that God has ever created.”
Step aside, Jesus. God has given us the ultimate source of truth in the universe.
Trump: I’ve gotta be the cleanest— I think I’m the most honest human being perhaps that god ever created pic.twitter.com/D98itzA6vi
— Acyn (@Acyn) April 10, 2022
For example, when Donald Trump held a closed-door meeting with a group of evangelicals and prosperity gospel con-artists like his spiritual advisor Paula White during his 2016 campaign, I assumed it was to make their sell out of G-O-D for the G-O-P official. Instead of a meeting where Trump was forced to defend the infinite number of lies he told on the campaign trail and his numerous flip-flops on issues important to Christians and the nation, the event was a campaign rally celebrating a man that we now know is the most honest human being God ever created.
Moderating the event was Mike Huckabee, the multi-failed GOP candidate and early worshipper of Donald Trump. As a “reverend” — kind of like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are reverends — Huckabee made it quite clear that Trump wouldn’t be expected to actually know anything about the Bible or the Christian faith he claims to possess.
“I don’t think anybody came here today expecting you to be able to answer a Bible quiz. That wasn’t the point.”
“You’re off the hook on deep theological questions.”
Ralph Reed, the scandal-plagued founder and chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition who said at the time that Christians who refused to vote for Trump as a matter of their convictions are guilty of the sin of pride, also attended the meeting with the most honest human being God ever created.
As a candidate, Trump bragged about his financial accomplishments but never proved them, bullied anyone who dared challenge him on any issue, used conspiracy theories to attack his opponents in order to avoid personal accountability, casually leveled threats against judges who ruled against him, and threatened the media with lawsuits if they dared publish something about him or his policies that he doesn’t agree with once becoming president.
Donald Trump’s “the most honest human being, perhaps, that God ever created” declaration was in response to a story he told where a friend supposedly complimented him on how “clean” his administration had been (via Business Insider):
“You know, you’ve been investigated years and years, millions and millions of pages of documents, they found nothing,” the friend said, according to Trump, per Newsweek.
“I’ve been investigated by the Democrats more then Billy the Kid, Jessie James, and Al Capone combined,” Trump told the crowd, Newsweek reported.
Trump became the first president to be impeached twice.
According to The Washington Post’s Fact Checker database, he made 30,573 false or misleading claims during his presidency.
He told 21 lies a day on average, per The Post.
It’s just a hunch, but I have the sneaking suspicion that if he really exists — and since Trump is the most honest human being ever created, it must be true — the friend Trump mentions is MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, the same guy who once declared, “I felt the overwhelming presence of God when I visited the [Trump] White House.”
However, even if the friend isn’t real and even if it wasn’t Lindell, Donald Trump didn’t tell a lie because he only speaks truth.
I once wrote a piece about the similarities between the church in 1930s Germany and today’s evangelicals, and how the compromise and indifference of the German church that led to the rise of Adolf Hitler exists in evangelical churches today. I still think the comparison is accurate, particularly when today’s evangelicals continue embracing a liar who claims to be the most honest human being God has ever created and has lived a life so perfect that he has never needed to ask God for forgiveness.
I wonder if it might be a good time to remind the Fellowship of the Pharisees and the army of Trump cultists who claim to be Christian that Scripture tells us not to even eat with a person who claims to be a Christian but has never asked for the forgiveness offered by Jesus Christ (I Corinthians 5:11).
Naw, they probably wouldn’t hear it over all the chewing.
David Leach is the owner of the Strident Conservative. He holds people of every political stripe accountable for their failure to uphold conservative values, and he promotes those values instead of political parties.