Al Sharpton and Rev. Jim Wallis tore into President Trump and white evangelical Christians who were blasted as racist in a discussion on faith in politics.
The liberal activist and theologian trashed the “policies, words, and practices” of the president on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” this week while agreeing with Sharpton that white evangelicals are guilty of “submitting to white nationalism” and the president.
The MSNBC segment was another example of the liberals’ embrace of so-called Christians as long as they can denigrate Trump’s evangelical supporters, with Wallis beginning his argument that Jesus Christ is “in crisis” by contrasting Trump with President Lincoln.
“Lincoln said our leaders should appeal to our better angels, but we have a leader who appeals to our worst demons, and those demons go very deep,” he said, citing a phrase used by MSNBC host Joe Scarborough who claims Trump’s policies are “antithetical to Jesus.”
“So, I have to say, to be blunt and maybe irreverent, white nationalism is not just racist, it’s antichrist. To demonize, dehumanize immigrants, it isn’t just lack of compassion, it’s antichrist. To mistreat women, abuse, harassment. This is not just sexist, it’s antichrist. So, we have to name this for what it is,” Wallis declared.
“That may be the most important question in this political season … who is my neighbor? Because the one that Jesus says is our neighbor is the one who’s being targeted by this administration. So, to me, these are faith issues and not just political ones,” he added.
“Evangelical support has remained relatively strong. To some people, that exposes a hypocrisy that puts politics before faith and … and teachings of the bible and morality and everything else,” guest host Willie Geist interjected.
“What do you say to those who stay at the side of Donald Trump through all of it?” he asked Wallis who, instead, went on a rant about racism.
“Here’s a radical idea … our faith and values should shape our politics and not the other way around,” he responded.
“The poll that is the most shameful and damaging for white evangelicals says, this population, white evangelicals, is the most resistant to a multiracial future. That’s a devastating poll. So, here is the question … when the operative phrase in white evangelical isn’t evangelical, but white, we have a problem. So, we’ve got to get to that. Is the gospel clear here? Is racial bigotry a deal-breaker for the gospel, when it isn’t for white evangelicals?” he spewed.
Sharpton got a few words in at this point, seeming to agree with Wallis as he praised his writing and claimed that “most of the evangelical leaders have submitted to white nationalism and to Trump.”
Wallis’s response to the “PoliticsNation” host included an absurd portrayal of Jesus as a sort of left-wing activist, claiming that “if Jesus were here today, he’d be celebrating the Black Lives Matter movement” and would be “furiously defending the planet from global warming.”
Wallis continued to press the point of not “wrapping our ideology and politics around our faith,” while repeatedly espousing the opposite. He declared that “America needs a reintroduction to the person and teachings of Jesus Christ” as he claimed that the Democratic Party’s base is made up of “the most religious population,” yet “Democrats are reluctant to talk about faith, which is ironic.”
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