On Monday, Fox News contributor Juan Williams lambasted U.S. evangelicals, accusing them of “selling their souls for Donald Trump” for remaining silent in the face of his increasingly fraudulent and deeply immoral behavior.
In a blistering op-ed published by The Hill, Williams writes that “the acid of the Trump presidency is eating away at the integrity of leading evangelists and their supporters.”
“When it comes to the Stormy Daniels story, it is hard for me to understand the silence from evangelical Christians,” Williams wrote.
“Let it sink in: It is now confirmed that the president’s personal lawyer paid a porn star for her silence,” he notes. “There is no longer any way to deny the fact of the payment and the nature of the tawdry story.
“Also, there is no way to deny a former Playboy playmate’s telling of another extramarital affair with the president in 2006 and 2007,” He adds.
Yet, evangelicals’ support for Trump keeps getting stronger with every immoral act that comes to light.
This, he says, baffles Democrats who beat themselves up for not better understanding white, Christian support for President Trump.
But that is a fool’s errand, he writes, because “there is no understanding people who don’t accept facts.”
“The facts on the porn star and Trump became clear last week when Michael D. Cohen, the president’s lawyer, said he personally paid $130,000 to Daniels.
The money changed hands just before the 2016 election to allegedly stop her from talking about a sexual affair with candidate Trump that took place in 2006, just after Trump’s wife had a baby.
The New Yorker magazine has now confirmed that the woman in question, Karen McDougal, wrote an account of the relationship. The Wall Street Journal reported earlier that she was paid for her story by the National Enquirer’s publisher, a Trump friend, and the tabloid sat on the story, presumably to protect Trump.
And there is no way to deny that FBI Director Christopher Wray testified to Congress last week that Trump’s White House knew about two serious charges of domestic abuse against top aide Rob Porter but let him keep his job. Porter resigned only when those allegations became public.
Yes, the injunction to let he who is without sin cast the first stone is an important one. But it now seems clear that evangelical Christians, who hold up biblical edicts on lying, cheating and adultery, don’t care about the word of God when it comes to Trump.”
“For a group that regularly preaches about the “sanctity of marriage” and inveighs against the evils of divorce, it was a major political puzzle to me when evangelicals first backed the thrice-married, adulterous Trump over Hillary Clinton.
She suffered years of public humiliation rather than breaking up her family, turning away from marriage vows and divorcing her philandering husband.
And now the puzzling behavior of evangelicals is pushed to the limit by their support for Trump despite the slimy facts of the Stormy Daniels story.
Imagine for one moment if President Obama’s personal lawyer had paid six figures in hush money to a porn star.
The same evangelicals would have condemned him as not being Christian and possibly believing in Muslim law that allows multiple wives. They would have said he was a bad example to the nation’s youth.
Imagine if Obama had endorsed a candidate despite credible allegations that he sexually molested young girls.
Well, there is no denying that Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore (R), who faced just such allegations, got Trump’s full endorsement.
Again, evangelicals continued to support Trump.
Hypocrisy that deep can’t be excused by Trump’s convenient switch from supporting abortion rights to opposing abortion.
What we are seeing is a hollow core in evangelical faith as practiced by its leaders.”
God help us.”