It’s one thing when pastors and employees of Christian schools insist that Donald Trump was God’s pick for president. It’s quite another when you have the White House Press Secretary saying it, as Sarah Huckabee Sanders did today on the Christian Broadcasting Network.
In an interview with CBN’s David Brody and Jennifer Wishon, Sanders said God “wanted Donald Trump to become president.”
BRODY: “From a spiritual perspective, for such a time as this, Donald Trump of all people, as you said earlier in the interview, the most conservative president, does it kind of blow your mind that someone like Donald Trump who is sitting in the Oval Office, I know you can list the accomplishments, but at the same time just from a spiritual perspective there are a lot of Christians who believe that for such a time as this …”
SANDERS: “I think God calls all of us to fill different roles at different times and I think that he wanted Donald Trump to become president, and that’s why he’s there and I think he has done a tremendous job in supporting a lot of the things that people of faith really care about.”
AS CBS News noted, Sanders wasn’t pressed on whether she believes God selected previous presidents, including Barack Obama.
Shame on Brody for that missed opportunity, because it would have been a perfectly valid question. Any hesitation on the part of Sanders would’ve been far more newsworthy than her fealty to Trump regardless of anything he does. It’s not like God supports only Republicans; our two-party system of democracy would have been utterly foreign to every single person involved in creating the Bible.
Sanders also appears completely unaware of how she’s making a great case for atheism by claiming that God hand-picked a man who is at the center of a corruption case to manipulate his way into the White House. At least the corrupt kings in biblical times were born into the position. Beyond that, if God selected Trump for the White House, it surely means He approves of the Trump administration tearing babies from their families, ignoring environmental disasters, stoking racial bigotry, withholding paychecks from workers out of selfishness and spite, and rewarding a man who had multiple affairs after marrying his third wife.
God putting Trump in the White House is about as solid a case against Christianity as you’ll ever find.
Not that we didn’t know this before, but Sanders basically confirmed, in no uncertain terms, that her religion — and that of Trump supporters — is Christian-flavored nationalism.