Apparently Donald Trump’s presidency was a literal act of God.
During an interview earlier today, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed the President’s gig was part of a higher calling.
“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,” Ms Sanders told Christian Broadcast Network News. “And that’s why he’s there, and I think he has done a tremendous job in supporting a lot of the things that people of faith really care about.”
Let’s just say the bold claim proved polarising:
Sarah Huckabee Sanders: “God wanted Donald Trump to become president.”
The God I pray to wants @realDonaldTrump to become the 1st president to go to prison.
— Ryan Knight 🇺🇸 (@ProudResister) January 31, 2019
If “God wanted Trump to be President”, wouldn’t He have also wanted him to win the popular vote as well?https://t.co/wHZgGY5Fs9
— Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) January 30, 2019
Someone tell Sarah Sanders that Putin ain’t God.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) January 31, 2019
Mr Trump identifies as a Christian, and white evangelical voters largely supported his rise to the top job.
According to exiting polling results, 81 per cent of white evangelical Protestants voted for Mr Trump in the 2016 federal election — a higher number than those who voted for George W Bush, John McCain or Mitt Romney.
Today, polling shows they continue to overwhelmingly favour him.
Throughout his two years in the White House, Mr Trump and his administration has backed a number of issues supported by evangelicals, including restricting abortion rights, eliminating a birth control mandate and expanding programs that would benefit private religious schools.
Just two days ago, he tweeted in support of introducing Bible Literacy classes to public schools.
Numerous states introducing Bible Literacy classes, giving students the option of studying the Bible. Starting to make a turn back? Great!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 28, 2019
Furthermore, Mr Trump’s alleged affairs do not seem to have impacted this demographic’s perception of him.
In 2016, a Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) survey asked whether “an elected official who commits an immoral act in their personal life can still behave ethically and fulfil their duties in their public and professional life”.
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In October 2016, shortly after the release of Mr Trump’s infamous “grab ’em by the p***y” tape, 72 per cent of white evangelical Protestants gave the answer: “Yes.”
By contrast, in 2011 under the Obama administration, just 30 per cent of this demographic said so — a trend Slate described as a “retreatment from moral judgment of him”.
For what it’s worth, God addressed Ms Sanders’ comments — on Mr Trump’s favourite communication medium, no less:
SARAH SANDERS: “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.”
THOU SHALT LEAVE THE NAME OF GOD OUT OF YOUR LYING ASS MOUTH YOU AMORAL SCUMBAG 😇
— God (@TheGoodGodAbove) January 30, 2019
Ms Sanders may want to rethink that one.