Donald Trump Is Throwing a Dinner Party for Evangelical Christians Tonight

Aug 27, 2018

By Hemant Mehta

There are a few things Donald Trump does every time he’s in the middle of a scandal. He tries changing the subject on Twitter, goes golfing at one of his resorts, and reminds white evangelical Christians that he and they are permanently entwined.

So after a week of his close associates being found guilty of crimes and his pathetic response to the death of Sen. John McCain, Trump is spending tonight throwing a “state-like” dinner for prominent evangelicals. (It’s unclear when the event was scheduled.)

There is no real purpose to the event, other than honoring “the contributions evangelicals have made to American life.”

What contributions? Homophobia? Permitting sexual abuse within church walls? The assault on science and sex education? The treatment of women as helpmeets (and little else)? The phantom cakes and imaginary floral bouquets they never made for same-sex couples? Looking the other way when Trump brags about assaulting women? Ignoring the affairs he had, including the one shortly after the birth of his fifth child with his third wife?

You know, their moral authority.

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4 comments on “Donald Trump Is Throwing a Dinner Party for Evangelical Christians Tonight

  • But evangelicals can KNOW right from wrong with certainty – and without the use of evidence – just like Trump, so who better to call on when he is in conflict with all those “UNFAIR”, US trading partners, NATO allies, the UN, the Paris accord on climate change, reputable sections of the media, those “so-called-judges”, and most recently the World Trade Organisation, which seems to often rule against “America First” decisions in arbitrating international trade disputes on a level playing-field!

    President Donald Trump has threatened to withdraw the US from the World Trade Organization (WTO), claiming it treats the country unfairly.

    “If they don’t shape up, I would withdraw from the WTO,” Mr Trump said in an interview with Bloomberg News.

    The WTO was established to provide rules for global trade and resolve disputes between countries.

    Mr Trump says the body too often rules against the US, although he concedes it has won some recent judgments.

    He claimed on Fox News earlier this year that the WTO was set up “to benefit everybody but us”, adding:
    “We lose the lawsuits, almost all of the lawsuits in the WTO.”

    However, some analysis shows the US wins about 90% when it is the complainant and loses about the same percentage when it is complained against.

    Mr Trump’s warning about a possible US pull-out from the organisation highlights the conflict between the president’s protectionist trade policies and the open trade system that the WTO oversees.

    Washington has also recently been blocking the election of new judges to the WTO’s dispute settlement system, which could potentially paralyse its ability to issue judgments.

    US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has also accused the WTO of interfering with US sovereignty.

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  • @OP – So after a week of his close associates being found guilty of crimes and his pathetic response to the death of Sen. John McCain, Trump is spending tonight throwing a “state-like” dinner for prominent evangelicals. (It’s unclear when the event was scheduled.)

    Yep! A bigger smoke screen is required as yet another pleads guilty in court!

    Manafort associate pleads guilty to lobbying as a ‘foreign agent’

    A political consultant with ties to ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has pleaded guilty to failing to report his lobbying work for a foreign group.

    Sam Patten, who is a US citizen, was accused of “wilfully” acting as a foreign agent in the US for a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine.

    Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the Russia probe, referred the case to Washington DC prosecutors.

    Mr Patten pleaded guilty in federal court in Washington DC on Friday and pledged to co-operate with investigators, US media report.

    Prosecutors say he founded a lobbying firm with a Russian national in 2015 and worked on behalf of Ukraine’s Opposition Bloc, a group for which Manafort also lobbied.

    Mr Patten worked for Manafort on Ukraine campaigns, as well as in countries such as Russia, Georgia, Iraq and Kazakhstan.

    He has also reportedly worked on micro-targeting operation for Cambridge Analytica, a UK-based data analytics firm that has drawn scrutiny for its involvement in the 2016 election and for harvesting Facebook users’ personal information on behalf of political clients.

    He also led the Moscow office for the International Republican Institute, a pro-democracy organisation with ties to the US Republican party, in the early 2000’s.

    Mr Patten also formed a company with Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian citizen and Manafort aide who was charged in Mr Mueller’s investigation earlier this year.

    As Trump regularly shrieks “Witch Hunt”! – those investigators just keep on finding more “witches”! 🙂

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