Over at the Weekly Standard, Jonathan Last has a must read piece on just how badly the religious right has gone in the tank for Trump. He highlights Eric Metaxas in the piece.
For those of you who do not know him, Metaxas wrote a very good biography on William Wilberforce and followed it up with one on Bonhoeffer. Given who Bonhoeffer was and what he stood for, a lot of Christians have been horrified to not only see Metaxas dive deep into Trumpkin talking points, but also seemingly suggest both Bonhoeffer and God would be for Trump.
There’s a strong feeling of betrayal out there. Metaxas started a radio show on Salem and has been trying to build a talk radio audience in New York while hanging with Ann Coulter. It is to be expected he would go this road, but it has disappointed a lot of his evangelical fans. Jonathan Last highlights the completely inconsistent and contradictory arguments Metaxas has beclowned himself with.
Eric Metaxas, previously regarded by some as a high-horsepower theologian, wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal in which he argued that (1) not voting for Donald Trump was, in fact, voting for Hillary Clinton; but (2) “a vote for Donald Trump is not necessarily a vote for Donald Trump himself”; and (3) if Trump loses the election, “God will not hold us guiltless.” Evidently concerned that readers didn’t fully grasp this last point, he circled back on Twitter to say, “Evan McMullin is a good man, but in this election he is a fig-leaf, there to assuage the consciences of religious people. God is not fooled.” (He later deleted this tweet.)
Metaxas might have been projecting. After all, it wasn’t God who was getting fooled by Trump.
As Last points out, in addition to Trump’s dubious conversion on abortion and insistence he would still fund Planned Parenthood, during the primaries Trump advocated gay marriage and transgender bathrooms. Guys like Metaxas going for a man like Trump so aggressively is like the 1990’s era feminists going all in for Bill Clinton after discovered he was sexually abusing women because he was good for their issues.
Of course, unlike Clinton and the left-wing feminists, there really is no evidence Trump is good for Christian issues and on gay marriage, transngenders in the bathroom, and Planned Parenthood, Trump has been consistently bad.