In Monday night’s episode of Full Frontal, host Samantha Bee continued her history lesson on the evangelical religious right — and their symbiotic relationship with the Republican Party.
“Last week, we took a look at the religious right — those coveted evangelical voters that conservatives spent decades pandering to only to be dumped just before November prom for a heretical billionaire bully who only says the word “God” when he is ejaculating on a pile of money,” Bee began.
“Many people think the new religious right arose as a response to the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. But that’s not true”
Religious studies professor Randall Balmer explained that leaders like Jerry Falwell and Paul Wirke were looking for ways to extend their power in the American political process, following the founding of the Moral Majority in 1979.
Balmer explained, “They held a conference call to discuss the prospect of other political activities. Several people discussed possible issues and finally a voice on the end of one of the lines said, ‘How about abortion?'”
“One of the things that I did back in the day when I was young was help found, start, begin what became known as the ‘pro-life movement.’ It is the single greatest regret of my life. We made a film series called ‘Whatever Happened to the Human Race‘ featuring my dad — Francis Schaeffer — and Dr. C. Everett Coop,” Schaeffer said.
“Most evangelical leaders didn’t want anything to do with it. They wanted to just preach Jesus. They thought politics was dirty. They didn’t want anything to do with it. We had to talk them into it.”
Schaeffer then explained how the GOP got involved in making the Moral Majority’s new anti-abortion agenda legitimate.
“One of the people who helped us do that was Jack Kemp. He brought in 50 senators and congressmen including Henry Hyde and Bob Dole and a bunch of other people and gave it respectability.”
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"Here's what I know, I know Trump deserves to be investigated," said Biden. "He is violating every basic norm of a president. You should be asking him the question, why is he on the phone with a foreign leader trying to intimidate a foreign leader, if that's what happened? That appears to have happened. You should be looking at Trump. Trump's doing this because he knows I'll beat him like a drum and he's using the abuse of power and every element of the presidency to try to do something to smear me."
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"The Democrats are looking at this as a chess board," said O'Brien. "Republicans see it as a knife fight. They're not even trying to play chess. They've been playing politics at the electoral level and in the Congress by simply trying to rip the spine out of anybody who opposes them. The Democrats are trying to figure out what's the right thing. I honor that, but as long as they sit back and are more concerned about appearances or not upsetting the table, Republicans are going to run circles around them, both electorally and when it comes to Donald Trump."