It is worth noting that Metaxas is not referring to the corruption of the Trump White House here.
Nope, he refers to Trump’s corruption as a “chimera” and an “illusion.”
Metaxas is actually referring here to the “corrupt” politicians and journalists who want to impeach Trump. Metaxas says that these politicians and journalists are following a “narrative” that will lead to the “end of America.”
Of course there are other narratives out there as well.
For example, there is the narrative, which now seems to be held by about half of the country, that the impeachment and removal of Donald Trump will not lead to the “end of America,” but will actually save America.
And then there is the court evangelical narrative to which Metaxas subscribes. In this narrative, Trump is God’s anointed who was raised in the world of Manhattan real estate and reality television for such a time as this. God has placed Trump here to restore America to its supposed Christian roots. As a result, we must overlook his nativism, racism, constant lying, misogyny, use of Twitter to demonize his enemies, utter disregard for American institutions, cozying-up to dictators, failure to do anything about Russian interference in American elections, and attempt to get the president of the Ukraine to investigate a political opponent. Come on Eric Metaxas, admit that you are following your own narrative. It is a narrative that many Americans have tested and found wanting.
And as long as I am the topic of Metaxas, I am have been meaning to write something about his recent interview with Katrina Trinko of The Daily Signal. Here is a taste of that interview:
Trinko: What I thought was really interesting about your answer was you brought up, of course, Trump’s policies, which most conservative Christians would agree are good, but you also seem to really like his personality.
Is there a time that you think in his presidency that his character or his way of approaching things came through in a very … crystallizing way, a way that helped a lot?
Metaxas: Yeah. Well, I think for me it’s a little weird. I grew up in Queens, New York, so I’m a New Yorker, I’m a Queens New Yorker. I was raised in a working-class environment. I grew up with people kind of rough around the edges like Donald Trump, so I really feel like I speak that language in a way that a lot of people don’t.
People in the Beltway, people in certain social circles in Manhattan where I have traveled in certain educational environments—I graduated from Yale—do not speak that language.
And it’s horrifying to most of them to try to make sense of what he says, because it’s like you’re listening to somebody who talks like a comedian, who talks completely differently in cartoon phrases and things, and then you try to parse it as though it was spoken by an aide to Eisenhower. You really can’t do that. You have to be able to hear him correctly.
But I’ll tell you, I used to really despise this president. I was horrified by him culturally. I just thought that this is a man who is contributing to the vulgarization of the culture. And to some extent, I think that that was true. But when he was in the primaries, I began to listen to him on the stump.
A friend of mine kind of rebuked me and said, “Hey, you need to give him a listen. I think you’re missing something. He’s like a folk hero.” And I began to listen, and I was shocked to hear him making sense on a level that was so simple that I thought, “Nobody talks like that. Nobody talks to the common man.” People are always, you know, virtue-signaling to their super intelligent, educated friends that are going to blog about it tomorrow or something like that. I thought, “That’s really refreshing.”
Metaxas says that he grew up in Queens with people “kind of rough around the edges.” As a result, he finds Trump’s way of speaking to the “common man” to be “refreshing.” He adds, “I speak that language in a way that a lot of people don’t.”
Like Metaxas, I also grew-up in the New York metropolitan area around people who were “kind of rough around the edges.” In fact, I am only a few years young than the radio pundit. My North Jersey working class upbringing taught me to spot an immoral huckster like Trump from a mile away.