It’s not surprising that former Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is defending Donald Trump. She’s a punchline for liberals and basically synonymous with a lack of rational thinking. What’s surprising to me is how she’s defending him.
Her argument, made on Jan Markell’s Understanding The Times radio show this weekend, was that everything emanating from the White House is wonderful because Trump is a man of God and he won’t stop working.
Bachmann claimed that, since the inauguration, Trump has been “working nonstop, 70 days in a row, [he] hasn’t taken a day off” as part of his effort to make America great again and to take a stand for God.
“He is unashamed in standing up for increasing an awareness of God in the United States,” she said. “He recognizes how important that is and that that is a basis of Western civilization … As a believer in Jesus Christ, I could not be more happy with what I am seeing coming out of the Trump White House. This is beyond my wildest expectations.”
“The president himself is man of prayer and man who loves to receive prayer,” she cooed. “He is a man who, I do believe, understands who the God of the Bible is and he wants to lift up the God of the Bible here in the United States … The Lord is working mightily in our government and I believe it is because God is being reverenced, God is being lifted up. Prayer is not foreign in the White House, it’s not foreign in the Executive Office Building; looking to God, looking through Bible studies, this is not foreign anymore.”
Bachmann said that Trump deserves all the credit because “he is somebody who gets the fact that the God of the Bible is, He is, He exists, He is real … This president is very bold about the need for God in our country.”
Just to point out the obvious:
President Obama was a Christian. He quoted the Bible in most speeches, had a faith-based advisory council full of Christians, and constantly talked about his faith in interviews.
Trump panders to the Religious Right while doing the bare minimum to let people think he’s a devout Christian. He references the Bible and parades his religious friends if he thinks it’ll benefit him and his agenda.
If Trump is a model Christian, he’s doing atheists a favor.
And the idea that Trump “hasn’t taken a day off” is laughable when you look at how often he goes golfing or stays at his own hotels outside of DC. He’s also taking most of August off. Because golfing can be tiring.