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‘It’s idolatry’: MSNBC historian scorches Mike Pompeo for comparing Trump to biblical figures

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Presidential historian Jon Meacham shamed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for suggesting that President Donald Trump had a divine purpose in his foreign policy on Israel.

A reporter from the Christian Broadcasting Network asked whether Trump had been given a mission from God to “save the Jewish people from the Iranian menace,” and the secretary of state said, as a Christian, he believed “that’s possible.”

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“There is an extraordinarily important tradition in western culture, mostly in America, of separating the kingdom of the world from the Kingdom of God,” Meacham said. “It’s important because we’re warned in the Judeo-Christian tradition that you should not put your trust in princes.”

The historian explained that the wall of separation between church and state was intended to protect religion from government, and he warned that eroding those protections would corrupt the practice of faith.

“The Augustinian journey of the soul of the world trying to get back home to its real home in heaven, which is an ancient tradition, that was the central undertaking,” Meacham said. “When we start ordaining and investing our mortal, flawed, frail selves with divine properties, we confuse ourselves — it’s idolatry, really.”

“Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough agreed, and he called out evangelical hypocrites.

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“It’s idolatry, and again, evangelicals who were very critical of Barack Obama when he said things like, ‘We are the ones that we’ve been waiting for,’ and other people referred to him as ‘Black Jesus,’ they were so offended by that,” Scarborough said. “Yet here we have people elevating this man to Old Testament, biblical stature, a man again — you’re right, all who have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, I have done it so much, I would never cast stones.”

“But here is a man who has said repeatedly that he has never felt the need to ask God for forgiveness, he’s never felt the need to ask Jesus to forgive him of his sins,” Scarborough added. “It is a strange, strange thing to watch the idolatry for this man, in particular, by some evangelical Christians, who, if they actually read the New Testament, should know better.”

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‘Cold Civil War’: Carl Bernstein offers chilling preview of the stakes in Trump impeachment hearings

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Legendary reporter Carl Bernstein on Tuesday delivered a chilling warning about the state of American politics ahead of President Donald Trump's impeachment hearings.

During a CNN appearance, Bernstein was asked where the country stood just one day before the start of public impeachment hearings -- and he didn't mince words.

"Where we stand as a country in the middle of a cold civil war," he said. "Everything is going to be judged politically in the context of that cold civil war."

Bernstein then laid out how much damning evidence that Democrats have collected so far, which he said in another era would likely lead to the president's conviction in the Senate. Now, however, he said that all the evidence in the world might not be enough to end Trump's presidency.

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Franklin Graham unleashes angry rant about Trump impeachment – then quotes the Bible: ‘The Lord detests lying lips’

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Evangelical activist Franklin Graham, who is closely tied to President Donald Trump, is once again defending the Commander-in-Chief, and once again is twisting truth into a prayerful pretzel to do so.

This may be the most consequential week yet in the 146 week-long presidency of Donald Trump.

Starting Wednesday the House Intelligence Committee will hold open hearings for three administration officials who are expected to testify on live television across major cable news channels and broadcast networks that the President of the United States of America engaged in a systematic and sustained effort of extortion and bribery in an attempt to force a U.S. ally to manufacture false evidence against his top political opponent.

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Republicans’ betrayal of America sinks to new depths as the impeachment hearings go public

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The House is set this week to begin the first in a series of impeachment hearings. As we listen to testimony and consider the facts, we should bear in mind the big picture.

This article was originally published at The Editorial Board

So far, the focus is rightly on Donald Trump’s extortion—the correct legal term—of Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, for personal political gain. Our attention is on his warping of American foreign policy, putting the service of our national interests below his own. That alone is an abuse of power that the framers themselves thought was worthy of indictment by a majority of the the US House of Representatives.

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