Televangelist Paula White is apparently Donald Trump’s closest spiritual advisor and a staunch defender of the president who believes that Trump genuinely “is a Christian,” who “accepts Jesus as his Lord and savior.” Which makes all the sense in the world when you take 30 seconds to listen to her nauseating spiel. White, you see, believes that contrary to the actual teachings of Jesus Christ, God blesses the true believers with material wealth and puts them in positions of power. And not only that, going against the president is actually going against God himself.
Speaking with Jim Bakker, a right-wing pastor and Trump supporter, White delivered an impassioned defense of the president who has bragged about grabbing women “by the pussy”, cheated on and divorced multiple wives, and conned thousands of people out of money in business.
“Whether people like him or not, [Trump] has been raised up by God,” said White. “Because God says that He raises up and places all people in places of authority.”
“It is God that raises up a king,” she continued. “It is God that sets one down and so when you fight against the plan of God, you’re fighting against the hand of God.”
According to White, who has been married three times herself, God wants less health insurance for fewer Americans, a nuclear war with North Korea, a border to keep out Mexicans, and more CO2 in the atmosphere because global warming is #FakeNews. And if you are opposed to this, you are opposed to God himself (who is an old white man of course).
You can see why Trump counts White as his go to spiritual person. All the character traits actual followers of Christ are supposed to abhor, White actively praises. You can be a rich, white asshole who gets off on bullying the weak and wrecking the lives of the poor and still go to heaven. It’s a great deal that White no doubt gets paid handsomely for too.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.