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Trump’s hell suggestion outraged some faith leaders, but his evangelical advisers are still defending him

Dec 19, 2019

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey

President Trump appeared to mock Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) and her late husband, former congressman John Dingell (D-Mich.), during a speech Wednesday in their home state, suggesting that the World War II veteran and former congressman was “looking up” from hell.

Trump told a rally in Battle Creek, Mich., that Debbie Dingell had thanked him for providing “A-plus treatment” after her husband’s death in February, such as ordering that flags be flown at half-staff. Trump said she told him that her late husband was “looking down.”

“Maybe he’s looking up,” Trump said, drawing some jeers and groans. “Maybe, but let’s assume he’s looking down.”

The comment came shortly after Debbie Dingell, who now holds her late husband’s seat, voted in favor of impeaching the president.

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One comment on “Trump’s hell suggestion outraged some faith leaders, but his evangelical advisers are still defending him”

  • Ah, the self-righteousness of Christians. They can do no wrong, the little dears. Including, but not limited to, picking a narcissist idiot for president. Here is a personality overview of followers of authoritarians from John Dean’s book, “Conservatives Without Conscience,” written way back in 2006:

    • They travel in tight circles of likeminded people.

    • Their thinking is more likely based on what authorities have told them rather than on their own critical judgment, which results in their beliefs being filled with inconsistencies.

    • They harbor numerous double standards and hypocrisies.

    • They are hostile toward so many minorities they seem to be equal-opportunity bigots, yet they are generally unaware of their prejudices.

    • They see the world as a dangerous place, with society teetering on the brink of self-destruction from evil and violence, and when their fear conflates with their self-righteousness, they appoint themselves guardians of public morality, or God’s Designated Hitters.

    • They think of themselves as far more moral and upstanding than others—a self-deception aided by their religiosity (many are “born again”) and their ability to “evaporate guilt” (such as by going to confession).”― John W. Dean, Conservatives Without Conscience

    And from the same book, a profile of their leadership:

    “Social Dominators—Leaders:

    • typically men

    • dominating*

    • opposes equality*

    • desirous of personal power*

    • amoral*

    • intimidating and bullying

    • faintly hedonistic

    • vengeful

    • pitiless

    • exploitive

    • manipulative

    • dishonest

    • cheats to win

    • highly prejudiced (racist, sexist, homophobic)

    • mean-spirited

    • militant

    • nationalistic

    • tells others what they want to hear

    • takes advantage of “suckers”

    • specializes in creating false images to sell self

    • may or may not be religious

    • usually politically and economically conservative/Republican”

    Sound familiar?

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