At another of his trademark ranting rallies, this one in Michigan at the very same time the U.S. House was impeaching him, he suggested that Dingell, a World War II vet and the nation’s longest serving congressman, may be looking up from hell instead of down from heaven.
He said that because Dingell’s widow, Debbie, who replaced him in Congress, had voted with other Democrats for impeachment. She is an ingrate, he implied, because he had done her a favor when her husband died and he ordered the flags flown at half-staff.
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Many political leaders from both parties condemned Trump for the remarks, which, of course, were cheered by the crowd in Battle Creek. And also, of course, Fox News pundits and White House staff including Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, Marc Short, came up with excuses for such behavior.
Dingell, said Short, was no wallflower in Congress, and once called Trump an “imbecile.” Pardon me, but I don’t think he’d go to hell for doing that. I’d suggest that’s a sure pass to heaven.
This all happened at about the same time the editor of the magazine Christianity Today, founded by the late evangelist Billy Graham, called on the Senate to remove Trump from office and asked other evangelicals to examine their tolerance of Trump’s “moral character.”
Unless my own religious upbringing was so convoluted, I can’t grasp how—especially during the week the world is celebrating the birthday of Jesus Christ— supposedly born-again Christians can pay homage to a man who represents the antithesis of what we’re told Christ was trying to teach us.
But there are a lot of things I don’t understand these days, including where we’re headed as a country.