Republican Congressman Mark Walker has served almost two decades as a Baptist minister, but he still supports President Donald Trump, but not because the fraudulent billionaire is a Godly man.
During an interview on CNN Wednesday, host Bill Weir told Walker: “I was raised in that world and it always fascinates me that so many evangelicals went for a man who might answer the question ‘what would Jesus not do’,” “How do you reconcile your faith with this president, politically?”
The North Carolina lawmaker suggested that evangelical voters support an adulterous, swindling Nazi apologist because President Obama gave a speech to family planning advocates where he concluded with the phrase: “God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.”
“After eight years of the Obama administration,” Walker said. “Things like the former president saying ‘God bless Planned Parenthood.’ Those kinds of things riled up the evangelical base.”
The quote Walker recited from President Barack Obama was from a speech to Planned Parenthood where he ended the speech, as presidents often do, by saying “God bless you. God bless the United States of America.”
Weir didn’t note that among people of faith, saying “God bless you,” is a frequently used prayer said as a nicety.
Ministers across the country have attacked the evangelical wing of Christianity for being un-Christ-like in their continued support of Trump. In an interview Tuesday, Rev. Billy Graham’s granddaughter Jerushah Armfield called their hypocrisy
The term evangelical “started to really represent, actually, a branch of Christians that seemed to be a little more conservative and a little bit more hypocritical, a little bit more willing to compromise on the personal morals of a candidate in lieu of what politically they could gain for their party,” she told CNN.
The evangelical support for Roy Moore gave many Christians pause after the disgraced judge was accused by multiple women of molesting them as children. Christian leaders have also called on evangelicals to denounce Trump in wake of his “both sides” comment in wake of the white supremacist riot in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Walker then turned his ire toward former White House aide Steve Bannon instead.
“I probably shouldn’t say this on CNN or even out loud but I will tell you this, the Steve Bannons of the world, that kind of language and rhetoric, that’s not who we are,” he said. “Republicans have to be willing to call out when there is certain language used with undertones to our friends and neighbors of all the communities we serve. We have to have the boldness to say ‘that’s not right.’”
For the record, many conservative Baptist ministers have denounced hate. Churches all across Tennessee came together in November to protest the “evil” of white supremacy ahead of a rally of racist groups in their state. But there is a stark disconnect between telling people to love their neighbor on Sunday and vote for Trump on Tuesday.
Walker’s comments are an illustration of the religious right’s fatally flawed priorities — and their inability to find a consistent moral worldview.
Watch the interview below: