‘God help us’: Evangelicals erupt into white-hot meltdown over Cruz’s exit from the GOP race
Leaders from the religious right are bemoaning the fact that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a Christian figurehead, has dropped out of the presidential race, effectively leaving real estate mogul Donald Trump as the GOP nominee, Right Wing Watch reports.
Cruz courted conservative Christians with his staunch anti-abortion stance, position on same-sex marriage and views regarding the separation of church and state. But after his defeat, shortly after tapping Carly Fiorina as his running mate, the Christian right began calling on the all-mighty for help.
God help us.
— Robert P. George (@McCormickProf) May 4, 2016
Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, has long been both a Trump critic, and a critic of religious leaders that have backed Trump. He joked that he would write in a candidate rather than vote for Trump.
Filling out paperwork for the kids’ summer mission trip, but I keep writing in “Ben Sasse” on all the blank lines… — Russell Moore (@drmoore) May 4, 2016
American Family Radio host Bryan Fischer echoed the sentiment that evangelical voters should write in candidates.
43 states allow write-in votes for president. Does the write-in campaign for Ted Cruz start tomorrow? — Bryan Fischer (@BryanJFischer) May 4, 2016
Michael Brown, a North Carolina anti-LGBT pastor, lamented that Trump ascendance was a sign of “God’s judgment,” according to Right Wing Watch.
Trump, he said, is the result of a ““generation raised on a steady diet of amoral and immoral reality TV.” He went on to call Trump the “National Enquirer candidate for a Jerry Springer generation” and said it is a sign of “divine judgment on America.”
But Brown added there could be apocalyptic-type implications if Trump wins the election.
“I have also listened carefully to the prognosticators who have predicted for months that Trump would be our next president — some even claimed prophetic inspiration for these predictions — and that he would be a tool in God’s hand to destroy the corrupt political establishment and do good to our nation,” he wrote, according to RWW. “I fervently hope that these prophecies will prove true and that I will have to eat every word I have written — and I am writing.”