This weekend the annual hate-fest also known as the Values Voter Summit is taking place in Washington, D.C. This event is usually a favorite with Republican presidential candidates during primary season, but it is unusual for the GOP nominee to appear in person at the gathering. In 2012 for example, Mitt Romney addressed the conference via a recorded video message. But this year, Donald Trump decided to go and speak to the crowd personally, and he said some very scary things.
Trump starts his address by thanking the incredibly-dapper-for-a-straight-man Tony Perkins, the head of the anti-gay Family Research Council. Then he tells the group that he has won over evangelical voters. “I’m going to make it up to you, too. You watch,” he says to applause. If that sounds ominous, just wait. At that point he was just getting warmed up.
Then he throws red meat to the crowd by saying the media “treats people of faith so poorly.” He goes on to say “your values of love, charity, and faith built this nation.” Actually it was in large part the labor of slaves owned by people professing those values that built this nation, but I digress.
After that, he wonders aloud why the media “treats people of faith so poorly,” and answers his own question. It’s the fault of politicians, who have “abandoned you [Christians] to a large extent.” Nudge-nudge, wink-wink, say no more, as visions of federal statutes modeled after things like North Carolina’s anti-transgender “bathroom law” no doubt danced through the attendees’ heads.
“And Hillary Clinton, you can forget about her,” he says as a lone voice calls out “Put her in jail.” What was that about Christian charity?
What comes next that should have every non-Christian who lives in America concerned. If Trump just tweeted the dog whistle with the comment above, he continues by putting the whistle away and pulling out the bullhorn. He says,
“Let me state this right up front. [In] a Trump administration, our Christian heritage will be cherished, protected, defended like you’ve never seen before. Believe me.”
That line brought down the house.
So there it is, straight from the horse’s ass’s mouth. Under a Trump presidency, there are two kinds of people. There are people who are Christian evangelicals, and there are people who are f*cked. Which kind are you?
Here are Trump’s full remarks to the Values Voter Summit, via YouTube.
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