The Senate chaplain warned lawmakers on Friday to follow the golden rule, which many viewers interpreted as an admonishment of Republicans’ impeachment defense of President Donald Trump.
Barry Black, the chaplain since 2003, delivered the opening benediction Friday before a Republican majority was expected to vote against hearing additional witness testimony, despite another bombshell from former national security adviser John Bolton.
"You have summarized ethical behavior in a single sentence," Black said. "Do for others what you would like them to do for you."
He then seemed to take aim at GOP senators in his prayer.
"Remind our senators that they alone are accountable to you for their conduct," Black said. "Lord help them to remember, that they can't ignore you and get away with it. For we always reap what we sow."
Many viewers praised Black for what they saw as a implicit condemnation of Republicans.
OMG, Barry Black the state chaplain in the senate tells the gop they will reap what they sow in prayer.— Blackbird singin' in the dead of night (@Blackbird singin' in the dead of night)1580494674.0
"We always reap what we sow." -- Senate Chaplain, sub-praying GOP Senators just now— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈)1580496354.0
Today's invocation by Senate Chaplain Barry Black sounded especially pointed. #ImpeachmentTrial— Ben Greenman (@Ben Greenman)1580494673.0
Senate Chaplain Barry Black be reading the Republicans Senators every time he prays. #RIPGOP #ImpeachmentTrialSham https://t.co/DtoOR3ffOf— Kevin Simmons (@Kevin Simmons)1580494693.0
I hear the chaplain saying Trump is not king and that Senators must rise to do the right thing— Jill Wine-Banks (@Jill Wine-Banks)1580494699.0
@TheRickWilson Was the senate chaplain just throwing some serious shade at the senate?— Deanna (@Deanna)1580494696.0
At this point I'm only watching for Senate Chaplain Barry Black's passive aggressive prayers that would put any Sou… https://t.co/QxuFbvsXnc— J. Brandon Johnson (@J. Brandon Johnson)1580494967.0
If nothing else, the Senate Chaplain is a true patriot. I wonder how much longer he'll have a job after calling o… https://t.co/DOeUtz5aQm— Bobby Parker (@Bobby Parker)1580495108.0
The chaplain trolling the senators every time these hearings begin is something else. It's like a passive-aggressiv… https://t.co/6tOQPDzyIm— Wade Keller (@Wade Keller)1580495266.0
Finally, tHe Chaplain came down, on the side of ethics, morals and "doing the right thing;" he warned the GOP (on… https://t.co/79758UjQoq— Ed Levenson (@Ed Levenson)1580495395.0
The Senate chaplain warned the Senate in prayer today, saying to God, “They can’t ignore you and get away with it.… https://t.co/eg2907ERW9— Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II (@Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II)1580496274.0