Tonight in the Rose Garden and at St. John’s Church, Trump Announced His 2020 Re-Election Strategy

It’s hard to know where to start writing about what we all just witnessed earlier this evening. Donald Trump was scheduled to speak in the Rose Garden at 6:30pm. Shortly before his speech, Attorney General Bill Barr came out to inspect the crowd. Then federal police used tear gas, flash grenades and rubber bullets to … Continue reading Tonight in the Rose Garden and at St. John’s Church, Trump Announced His 2020 Re-Election Strategy

Stephen Hahn on Race and the Obama Re-Election

Stephen Hahn is a Pulitzer-Prize winning historian of race in the post-bellum South.  In Sunday’s New York Times, he reflects historically on race and Barack Obama’s re-election last week, particularly in the wake of the racial slurs cast on Obama by students at the University of Mississippi.  Here is a taste: Over the past three … Continue reading Stephen Hahn on Race and the Obama Re-Election

Trump launched his 2020 campaign tonight. Not much has changed since 2016.

Earlier this evening, Donald Trump started his campaign with a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The number of coronavirus cases in Oklahoma is rising. Most of those who did attend the rally were not wearing masks. With the exception of U.S. Senator James Lankford, none of the politicians Trump asked to stand and be recognized–Senators James … Continue reading Trump launched his 2020 campaign tonight. Not much has changed since 2016.

Friday night court evangelical roundup

What have Trump’s evangelicals been saying since yesterday’s update? They are not technically “court” evangelicals, but they are definitely Trump evangelicals. The Harris family is back and they are now a Trump worship band: Some of you may remember them from 2012: The Harris’s are an evangelical homeschool family from Tulsa. Alveda King, the niece of Martin Luther … Continue reading Friday night court evangelical roundup

Michael Gerson: “Blessed are the brutal, for they shall dominate the battlespace”

By this point, you all know the story. Former George W. Bush speech-writer, evangelical Christian, and Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson has weighed-in. A taste: The problem with symbols, however, is that they don’t interpret themselves. In other settings, holding up Holy Scripture might have been the president’s way of saying: “BIBLE GOOD!” But the context … Continue reading Michael Gerson: “Blessed are the brutal, for they shall dominate the battlespace”

Robert Jeffress: “I imagine George Washington had his share of critics who accused him of a photo-op when he knelt down in prayer at Valley Forge”

The court evangelicals continue to weigh-in. We covered them yesterday. Here is some more from Robert Jeffress: This is awful: I want to hear Jeffress talk about systemic racism–the racism that is deeply embedded into American economic, political, and social life. The famous “photo-op” of George Washington praying at Valley Forge is an 1866 rendering … Continue reading Robert Jeffress: “I imagine George Washington had his share of critics who accused him of a photo-op when he knelt down in prayer at Valley Forge”

Trump Will Not Hold a Ceremony to Unveil Obama’s White House Portrait

Yet another sign of our divided political culture. Here is NBC News: WASHINGTON — It’s been a White House tradition for decades: A first-term president hosts a ceremony in the East Room for the unveiling of the official portrait of his immediate predecessor that will hang in the halls of the White House for posterity. … Continue reading Trump Will Not Hold a Ceremony to Unveil Obama’s White House Portrait

The French-Metaxas Debate: Some Commentary

Last week, during an event called the Q 2020 Virtual Summit, evangelical writers David French and Eric Metaxas had a conversation with host Gabe Lyons about evangelical support for Donald Trump.   I let this transcript sit for a few days now.  It is now time for commentary.  See my remarks in bold. GABE LYONS: “Well as we continue forward with our … Continue reading The French-Metaxas Debate: Some Commentary

Transcript of the David French–Eric Metaxas Debate on Evangelicals and Trump

NOTE:  FOR THE SAME TRANSCRIPT WITH COMMENTARY CLICK HERE Last week, during an event called the Q 2020 Virtual Summit, evangelical writers David French and Eric Metaxas had a conversation with host Gabe Lyons about evangelical support for Donald Trump.  French, a writer for The Dispatch, is an anti-Trumper.  Metaxas, the host of a Christian radio … Continue reading Transcript of the David French–Eric Metaxas Debate on Evangelicals and Trump

Over 750 American Historians Call for Impeachment of Donald Trump

The list of historians who signed the  statement include: Tyler Anbinder, Fred Anderson, Debby Applegate, David Armitage, Eric Armstrong Dunbar, Rick Atkinson, James Banner, Thomas Bender, Keisha Blain, Casey Blake, David Blight, Sidney Blumenthal, John Boles, Patricia Bonomi, Eileen Boris, T.H. Breen, Douglas Brinkley, Jon  Brooke, Kathleen Brown, Richard Brown, Mari Jo Buhle, Ken Burns, … Continue reading Over 750 American Historians Call for Impeachment of Donald Trump

Rudy Giuliani’s Spokesperson is a 20-Year-Old Ambassador for Jerry Falwell Jr.’s Falkirk Center

The Falkirk Center is Liberty University’s new “think tank.”  Read more about it in these posts. One of the Falkirk Center’s “ambassadors” is a 20-year old Liberty online student named Christianne Allen. She is also the spokesperson for Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani.  I am assuming that Falwell Jr. chose Allen as an ambassador of the … Continue reading Rudy Giuliani’s Spokesperson is a 20-Year-Old Ambassador for Jerry Falwell Jr.’s Falkirk Center

Court Evangelical Paula White Joins the White House Office of Public Liaison

Paula White is the televangelist and megachurch pastor who claims to have led Donald Trump through his supposed born again experience.  Evangelical theologians and leaders have said  the prosperity gospel that she preaches is heretical.  We have covered White extensively here at The Way of Improvement Leads Home:   The Orlando Sentinel on court evangelical … Continue reading Court Evangelical Paula White Joins the White House Office of Public Liaison

Trump is Ramping-Up for the 2020 Election and Its Getting Very Racist

You can definitely expect a lot of this kind of “presidential” rhetoric over the course of the next fifteen months as Donald Trump ramps up his re-election campaign.  He won on white nationalism in 2016 and he will try to do it again.  Trump is a racist and a xenophobe. It is also worth noting … Continue reading Trump is Ramping-Up for the 2020 Election and Its Getting Very Racist