This morning, Donald Trump spread an(other) obvious lie about the Democratic National Convention when he claimed they took the word “God” out of the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Democrats took the word GOD out of the Pledge of Allegiance at the Democrat National Convention. At first I thought they made a mistake, but it wasn’t. It was done on purpose. Remember Evangelical Christians, and ALL, this is where they are coming from-it’s done. Vote Nov 3!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 22, 2020
In fact, all four nights of the convention, the Pledge opened up the festivities. And all four nights, we heard the “Under God” version of it.
On Night 1, Biden’s grandchildren said it:
On Night 2, it was Biden supporters:
On Night 3, it was more Biden supporters:
On Night 4, it was the adorable son of Rep. Cedric Richmond:
“Under God” is in all four of those videos.
So who left out the phrase? As I wrote earlier this week, there were two smaller caucuses, meeting on their own during the day, which left the words out — presumably out of respect to attendees. One was a gathering of “Muslim Delegates and Allies.” The other was the LGBTQ Caucus. (Christians were undoubtedly part of the latter.)
Both versions of the Pledge they used reflect the original one, written by Francis Bellamy, which didn’t include the religious phrase.
(While we’re on the subject, the Pledge also shouldn’t include “liberty and justice for all,” since that’s wishful thinking, not a reflection of reality. The whole thing was written by Bellamy out of anti-immigration fervor so people wouldn’t salute the flag of their homeland. It’s absurd to pledge blind allegiance to a nation. Some religious minorities don’t want to pledge allegiance to anything except their God, so the Pledge violates their beliefs. And I heard there’s a wonderful podcast explaining all of this in great detail.)
As I said before, Republicans love nothing more than trying to take us back to the 1950s. They should be thrilled by what those two caucuses did.
But what Trump said was a lie. He’s hoping his white evangelical base is too stupid to recognize it — and the sad truth is that’s probably true for a great many of them.
Trump is desperate. He has no redeeming qualities or good policies to run on, so creating a culture war is one of the only options available to him. The only thing he’s ever been good at is dividing people and white evangelicals have been helping him do it for years.
(Portions of this article were published earlier)