By now, you’ve probably seen or heard Eminem’s hard-hitting freestyle rap against Donald Trump that aired during the BET Hip Hop Awards.
It’s not surprising that Trump supporters dislike the song. But Family Research Council President Tony Perkins went much further than that during an episode of his show “Washington Watch.”
“I was watching this tirade he went on — what they call rap,” Perkins said. “I don’t know how they call that a talent. But it was demonic, he was demonic on his attack on President Trump.”
Perkins said that criticism like Eminem’s stemmed from the fact that Trump has had the “courage” not only for “stopping the bad stuff that Barack Obama did” but also “undoing it,” adding that it is “amazing” that Trump can withstand such criticism.
Yes, only “they” call it rap. Perkins, who can’t handle clever wordplay and hurt feelings, can do nothing but attribute something he doesn’t understand to Satan. It’s his go-to excuse for everything that rubs him the wrong way.
And the “bad stuff” Obama did? I can’t decide if Perkins is referring to making sure poor people have health insurance, giving 800,000 children of undocumented immigrants a chance to succeed in the U.S., not letting a city die away in misery while he goes golfing, or not treating everyone who disagrees with him as an enemy of the state.
Given the acrimony inside the White House that’s been reported by credible journalists, it’s clear Trump can’t handle any of the criticism. Eminem’s blistering attack, then, is just adding insult to even more insult.
But just so there’s no confusion over Perkins’ complete lack of rationality, he went on to decry the Christian persecution that we would’ve seen under a Hillary Clinton presidency.
He then implied that if Hillary Clinton had won the 2016 election, conservative Christians would now be in prison: “a lot of Christian broadcasters and those advocating for these policies would all be working on the prison ministries.”
They said that about Obama, too. And nothing of the sort happened. (Spoiler: Both Obama and Clinton are Christians. But even if they weren’t, imprisoning Christians isn’t in the Democratic Party’s platform.)
This is what evangelical Christianity is these days: fear, lies, and uncritical support of an unhinged president who panders to the only base gullible enough to stay by his side no matter how many awful things he does.