Fresh from warning his fellow evangelicals to step up their defense of Donald Trump, Stephen Strang, CEO of the right-wing media outlet Charisma is once again writing about his favorite topic: the Satanic forces Democrats are supposedly using to persecute Trump.
Strang discussed the matter on his podcast while alleging that U.S. Christians are divided by “spiritual warfare.”
“The vengeance with which some people hate Trump can only be understood if seen in spiritual terms,” Strang continued. “Of course there are many examples of unspeakable evil that at least make sense when seen in spiritual terms. Recognizing spiritual forces makes it easier to understand the actions of a Hitler or why there has been genocide in places like Rwanda. You can understand these horrible things better when you realize that both God and Satan operate in the earth through people.”
“If we can accept that there is a devil and he influences humans to do his bidding, then we can conclude that people are subject to these spiritual authorities, even if they don’t understand what they are doing or why,” Strang concluded. “I believe, however, that the only way to truly discern what’s happening in our nation is through spiritual eyes. This is not a war between left and right or between Democrats and Republicans or even between President Trump and his political opponents. It’s spiritual warfare.”
But this “spiritual battle,” as Strang calls it, isn’t just between good and evil. Strang’s side — presumably the one he thinks is “good” — is defending a president who is, at turns, vile and spiteful and narcissistic. They’re defending his minions. They’re vouching for his cruel policies. Meanwhile, the same Christians are lashing out at people who stand up for refugees, and immigrants, and the poor.
Strang is defending a president who has told more than 13,345 lies… so far. He’s attacking Democrats for investigating Trump’s impeachable offenses.
Strang’s actions are as “spiritual” as a pet rock — and infinitely more destructive. His blather is a ham-fisted attempt to find excuses for Trump’s horribleness. He mentions the Rwandan genocide but conveniently ignores what Trump is doing to ethnic Kurds by allowing Turkey to conduct a genocidal reign of terror. It may be easier to ignore atrocities by blaming Satan or God, but it shouldn’t be that hard to admit Trump’s shortcomings.
Strang’s entire media empire, however, rests on a foundation of that ignorance. So he’s not going to stop spreading it.