Ever since the primary season started, everyone was waiting for Donald Trump to crash and burn. All of the “experts” were saying things like the Conservative Christians will never back Trump. He will say something stupid and the glass house will explode around him.
The Conservative Christians had their hero in Ted Cruz. The “establishment” had their heroes in Kasich and Jeb Bush. There were a total of seventeen candidates and only Trump was considered by the “experts” as the clown with no chance of winning.
One by one the candidates started falling by the wayside. Then, there were three standing. Trump, Cruz, and Kasich. Kasich was the first to fall out, and then the Conservative Christian darling Cruz dropped out. That left Trump standing alone.
Everyone kept asking the same question. How could this happen? How could Trump actually win over the Conservative Christians to win the nomination? They all figured that he couldn’t win with just the bigots and racists. They were wrong. Trump won and the Conservative Christians seem to be falling in line with him.
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out why this has a happened. The latest example came from Trump’s news conference on Tuesday. He incessantly whined about the media “persecuting” him for doing something good. That is why the Conservative Christians love Donald Trump. He is a whiner complaining how he is being persecuted and the media lets him get away with it.
All of the stupid laws being passed in conservative controlled states about abortion and gay rights are hints of this “persecution” complex. Just look at that great Governor of Mississippi, Phil Bryant. The other day, while speaking at the civil rights hating group The Family Research Council, Bryant said when speaking about Mississippi’s anti-gay law:
They don’t know that Christians have been persecuted throughout the ages.
There is the connection. Christians are being persecuted and Trump is taking a stand against that persecution. Bryant went on to say:
They don’t know that if it takes crucifixion, we will stand in line before abandoning our faith and our belief in our savior Jesus Christ. So if we are going to stand, now is the time and this is the place.
According to that section, Bryant seems to be saying he would rather be crucified than repeal the anti-gay law his state just passed. But, what is so egregious about this law? Well the law allows people to discriminate based on sexual orientation in “any employment-related decision” and “any decision concerning the sale, rental, [or] occupancy of a dwelling” as long as it’s based on “sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction”.
According to this law, homosexuals in Mississippi can be denied jobs, promotions, pay raises, and housing just because they are gay. Can anyone say Jim Crow Laws?
But, in his speech, he goes on to praise the leader of The Family Research Council, Tony Perkins. Tony Perkins is the one who claims that homosexuals are the real pedophiles in the country and that pedophilia is a homosexual problem.
He is also the one who claimed that homosexuals are going to “round up Christians in box cars and ship them off to concentration camps”. Just prior to the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage he said there should be a revolution in the United States over the issue.
But, Bryant seems to love Tony Perkins. He said in his speech:
We were in that valley, but Tony Perkins was there with us. He was there as surely as our lord and savior, as surely as the God of all Gods that stood there with us.
If you have been waiting for the “second coming of Jesus” I guess you can stop waiting. Tony Perkins is alive and well. At least that is what I get from Phil Bryant in his praise for the bigot.
You will hear this kind of talk all across the conservative propaganda wing of the party. Fox News has been touting Christian Persecution for years. And, that is the connection between these crazy people and Donald Trump.
You may say, wait a minute, they are complaining about Christians being persecuted, not Donald Trump. But, remember the one word that makes most sense to them is “persecution”. Since Donald Trump uses the word so much about himself, he has connected with the “persecuted” Christians.
Imagine this. The largest Religious Group in America, the one with the most political power, the one passing “legal discrimination” laws against any group they don’t like is the one group that is claiming to be “persecuted” the most. They see Donald Trump being “persecuted” by the media for lying, cheating, and name calling, and they see themselves being “persecuted” because of their religious beliefs.
It is this “persecution complex” that Conservative Christian terrorists have about themselves that draw them to Trump. It is also this complex that means Trump is more dangerous in the General Election than most people think. Especially if the media keeps shrinking away from the fight that Trump and the Conservative Christian terrorists want to wage against them and the country.
Donald Trump tapped into the “persecution complex” of the Conservative Christian terrorists and that is why he is the presumptive nominee for the Republican Party. The sideshow is that “persecution complexes” often lead to authoritarian rule when the “persecuted” gain power. Whether or not that happens is up to you in November.
And the “shirts” keep marching along!