Conservative radio host Todd Starnes displayed his True Christian™ values by praising Donald Trump for refusing to make peace with Democrats at the National Prayer Breakfast.
Instead of calling Trump out for using the religious ritual to show any sort of repentance for his corrupt actions, Starnes brought out all sorts of violent metaphors to describe how Trump is the real victim in everything that happens.
“The president is absolutely right,” Starnes said. “For over three years, ladies and gentlemen, they have taken a baseball bat and they have been beating this man on his skull every single day. They have been targeting this president, they’ve been targeting the first lady, they’ve been targeting everyone that works in the administration, they’ve been targeting you — the gun-toting, Bible-clinging, deplorables of America. They’ve been literally beating you in the streets, terrorizing you, trying to silence you, trying to tell you that you don’t have a place in America.”
Among the many, many things Starnes doesn’t know is the meaning of the word “literally.”
It’s always amusing to hear the same people who stereotype liberals as tofu-eating anti-gun enthusiasts claim that we’re too violent.
He wasn’t done. Starnes went on to trash the idea of turning the other cheek.
“Finally, this president says, ‘Enough is enough,’” he continued. “Yet there are many people out there who say, ‘You know what, Todd? The Christian thing to do is to turn the other cheek.’ OK, well this president turned the other cheek, then he turned the other cheek, then he turned his butt cheeks; it doesn’t matter how many cheeks you have because they’re going to keep smacking you around. That’s what they do, that’s what these Democrats do. They hate this man. They want to destroy this man. If you believe the people in Hollywood, they want to kill this man, assassinate this man, chop this man’s head off. That’s what they want to do, and at some point you have to say, ‘OK, when is enough enough?’”
Besides the awful imagery, Starnes also misses the biblical message. Jesus didn’t say there was a limit to how many times you have to be scorned before you give up and refuse to extend peace. That’s pretty much the point of that teaching: You keep showing grace even if your enemies don’t change.
That’s one of the biggest reasons Jesus was considered counter-cultural as well as (to be frank) a little crazy.
Starnes doesn’t get it. But what else is new? He’ll do whatever it takes to defend Trump. Even if it means throwing Jesus under a bus.
(via Right Wing Watch)