I was heartened by the tons of Christians, even some conservative ones, who spoke out against President Donald Trump‘s tone-deaf stroll to the partially arsoned church across from the White House — an excursion that culminated in him hoisting a Bible halfway into the air and mugging for the cameras. It was the picture of transparent insincerity, and a testament to the man’s callousness given that peaceful protesters were dispersed with tear gas to make room for Mr. Two Corinthians.
But among yuge numbers of evangelicals, the twice-divorced, pussy-grabbing Messiah can evidently do no wrong. The Guardian interviewed one of them, Florida-based Catholic Benjamin Horbowy, 37, a “U.S. veteran, Christian, conservative constitutionalist.”
The Horbowys had gathered in Tallahassee, Florida, to watch live as Trump walked from the White House to St John’s. “My mother just shouted out, ‘God give him strength! He’s doing a Jericho walk!’” A Jericho walk, in some evangelical circles, refers to the biblical book of Joshua, where God commanded the Israelites to walk seven times around the opposing city of Jericho, whose walls then came crashing down.
Horbowy already supported Trump politically — he heads the local chapter of a pro-Trump motorcycle club and is campaigning for a seat in Florida’s state senate — but when Trump lifted the Bible, Horbowy and his family felt overcome spiritually.
“My mother started crying. She comes from a Pentecostal background, and she started speaking in tongues. I haven’t heard her speak in tongues in years,” he said. “I thought, look at my president! He’s establishing the Lord’s kingdom in the world.”
As the piece says, Horbowy is running for Florida’s State Senate from District 3. In one of his campaign videos, occasionally overlaid with the hashtag #TallahasseeSwampDrainer, he tries to get his message across:
“Some people are calling me a radical. Some call me nuts. Why? Because I love America and I’m not going to let people just destroy it?”
He then explains who these destructive forces are:
“This [corona]virus is a symbol of the cancer we have in America called liberalism — a mental disorder that’s spreading rapidly.”
The Tallahassee Democrat newspaper quotes him as saying that where he comes from, LGBT stands for “liberty, guns, Bible, and Trump.” Har har.
When the Guardian reporter brings up the killing of George Floyd, Horbowy mentions that
“There’s a Bible verse that says we shouldn’t talk about evil things. We can just say, ‘There’s evil’ and move on.” He couldn’t remember the exact verse, he said,
… and it didn’t matter, because
“I believe this is a president who wears the full armor of God.”
With any luck, Horbowy’s own fans won’t be numerous enough to put him anywhere near the levers of power. The Florida elections website indicates that since Horbowy declared his candidacy 13 months ago, he’s raised barely $400.
(Screenshot via YouTube)