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.”
“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.
“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.”
Michael Avenatti says he has El Chapo’s former jail cell — which the drug dealer described as ‘torture’: report
Attorney Michael Avenatti, the colorful attorney who came to prominence representing Stormy Daniels against Donald Trump, is unhappy with his jail conditions.
On Monday, his attorney wrote to the federal judge overseeing his trial to complain about the jail conditions Avenatti is experiencing during pre-trial detention.
Scott Srebnick, Avenatti's attorney, wrote to Judge Paul Gardephe to complain about the "notorious 10-South" section of the Metropolitan Correctional Center, where he is being held in the Special Housing Unit.
"He is in a cell reportedly once occupied by El Chapo, on a floor that houses individuals charged with terrorism offenses," Avenatti's attorney wrote.
It is Greta Thunberg vs Donald Trump at climate-focused Davos gathering of economic elites: report
The starkly opposed visions of US President Donald Trump and Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg on climate change will clash in Davos on Tuesday as the World Economic Forum tries to face up to the perils of global warming on its 50th meeting.
The four-day gathering of the world's top political and business leaders in the Swiss Alps gets under way seeking to meet head-on the dangers to both the environment and economy from the heating of the planet.
Trump, who has repeatedly expressed scepticism about climate change, is set to give the first keynote address of Davos 2020 on Tuesday morning, on the same day as his impeachment trial opens at the Senate in Washington.
‘Which Senator up this year most deserves to lose?’: Preet Bharara flooded with replies to provocative question
Former United States Attorney Preet Bharara asked his 1.2 million Twitter followers a provocative question on the eve of President Donald Trump's impeachment trial.
With worries that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is presiding over a sham trial, many analysts have suggested that the Senate itself will be on trial.
"Which Senator up this year most deserves to lose?" Bharara, who was fired by Trump, asked.
There are a number of potentially vulnerable Republicans facing voters in 2020, including McConnell himself, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ), Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC), Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).