MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough lamented the degradation of evangelical Christianity in the service of President Donald Trump.
The “Morning Joe” host said conservative Christians were willing to trade away their religious values to back Trump in hopes of packing the courts with right-wing judges.
“What a bitter, bitter irony that you have a political movement that you now have a subset of the church,” Scarborough said, “that is so obsessed with the appointment of federal judges over the treatment of young children, worried about the unborn and seemingly dismissing how children are treated, how infants are treated, how toddlers are treated, how these children on the border are being abused.”
“There is no doubt, and I know this as someone who grew up in the Southern Baptist Church. there is no doubt that the single motivating factor overriding almost every other factor is the appointment of federal judges. So the appointment of federal judges now trump actually what Jesus writes about in Matthew 25, talks about in the Gospels about taking care of the poor, the disadvantages, the hungry, the thirsty.”
A year-old poll has made the rounds in recent days, showing that only 25 percent of white evangelicals believe the U.S. has a responsibility to accept refugees — which Scarborough said violates the teachings he grew up with in the church.
“That should be shameful,” Scarborough said, “to those evangelicals saying they don’t have the responsibility to give a cup of water in Jesus’s name. All the things, again, that you can read (in) Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, all the things they supposedly supposedly were taught their entire life they are throwing to the side because of the appointment of federal judges. It is that simple, it is that simple. That is the overriding factor, and it’s shameful.”
“It didn’t just start with Donald Trump,” he added. “This was also the case with George W. Bush. I told you the story of a pastor I knew in Pensacola who had to sit down during the W years and actually tell people in his church that you can be a christian and still not support George W. Bush. The merger of politics and religion has really infected the church, and it’s, of course, the church that’s going to pay for it in the long run.”
‘The wheels are coming off’: MSNBC panel says Trump told his chief of staff to ‘walk the plank’
Two MSNBC anchors discussed Thursday's whirlwind day of breaking news in scandals involving President Donald Trump.
The host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" joined Brian Williams on "The 11th Hour" to discuss Trump holding the G7 Summit at his Trump National Doral Miami golf course and the White House acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, confessing that there was a quid pro quo with Ukraine -- before attempting to walk back his confession.
"Did things change today, do you think?" Williams asked.
"I do feel like the wheels are coming off," Maddow said.
"For the Energy Secretary [Rick Perry] to resign, you've had two cabinet secretaries resign during the impeachment proceedings already, one of whom, the current one resigning tonight, the Energy Secretary, does appear to be involved in the scheme, at least on a couple of different levels. We have got the White House Chief of Staff who was sent out today, not only to make the, 'Yes, it was quid pro quo. Yes, we did it. What are you going to make of it?' article -- which was bracing, but then to take it back, simultaneously announcing this self-dealing, which is something more blatant than we’ve ever seen from any president in U.S. history," she explained.
Rick Wilson rips Trump for holding G7 meeting at his ‘South Florida House of Bed Bugs Hotel’
Republican strategist Rick Willson blasted President Donald Trump after the administration announced that the G7 meeting of world leaders would be held at his Trump National Doral Miami golf course.
Chief of staff and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney announced the severely under-performing resort would receive the lucrative contract during a contentious White House briefing.
Trump impersonated a CNN anchor — and a US president — during epic meltdown at Texas speech
President Donald Trump offered multiple impersonations during a campaign rally in Dallas, Texas on Thursday.
Trump showed the crowd his impersonation of a president of the United States -- and a CNN anchor.
"No guns. No religion. No oil. No natural gas," Trump said. "Abraham Lincoln could not win Texas under those circumstances. Couldn’t do it."
In fact, Abraham Lincoln could not win Texas when he ran for president as the state refused to print any ballots with his name.
He then showed the audience two impersonations as part of his 87-minute speech.
"I used it to say, I can be more presidential. Look," Trump said, as he shuffled awkwardly on stage.