By the time this race is over, there may not be anyone left for bloviating billionaire Donald Trump to insult.
The narcissistic egomaniac is so thin-skinned that he feels he must respond to every criticism of him on Twitter, which is going to make the next 4-8 years a very busy time for the New York liberal real estate tycoon should he become the next president of the United States.
Trump, a proud serial adulterer who is the only “Christian” in world history who has never asked God for forgiveness of sins, took aim at Russell Moore, the president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and author of “Onward: Engaging the Culture Without Losing the Gospel,” who penned a bold op-ed in the New York Times on Friday in which Moore excoriated Christians for not standing up to Trump’s racist overtones.
Then on CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday, Russell Moore said that the Donald Trump phenomenon is “reality television moral sewage,” and that a key tenet of conservativism is character and virtue, both areas where Trump is severely lacking.
Moore wasn’t any less critical of Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democrat presidential nominee and said that Christian conservatives are being hypocritical for arguing during the Bill Clinton era that “character matters,” while supporting Trump who has none. Moore proclaimed that not only has the right surrendered the culture wars to the left, but they have actually joined them.
Christian Today reports on Moore’s interview:
Speaking on CBS News ‘Face the Nation‘, Russell Moore said a key tenet of conservatism was that “character matters” and that “virtue has an important role to play in our culture and in our politics”. Now, he said, “we have a Republican party that seems ready not only to surrender on the culture wars but to join the other side”.
Moore has been a trenchant critic of Trump, saying in an op-ed for the New York Times that opposition to the property mogul would put evangelicals “on the right side of Jesus” and that “The man on the throne in heaven is a dark-skinned, Aramaic-speaking ‘foreigner’ who is probably not all that impressed by chants of ‘Make America great again’.” However, his remarks on the programme are some of his hardest hits against Trump and evangelical Republicans who vote for him.
He said: “What we have in the Donald Trump phenomenon as well as in the Hillary Clinton phenomenon is an embrace of the very kind of moral and cultural decadence that conservatives have been saying for a long time is the problem,” he said. He criticised “conservatives who were saying in the previous Clinton era that character matters, and rightly so, who now are not willing to say anything when we have this sort of reality television moral sewage coming through all over our culture”.
Moore said that both Trump and Clinton represented “an amoral sort of vision of America that isn’t what we believe in”.
Rather than disputing Russell Moore’s contentions, Trump resorted to his third-grade bully style smear tactics, calling Moore “truly a terrible representative of Evangelicals” and a “nasty guy with no heart.”
.@drmoore Russell Moore is truly a terrible representative of Evangelicals and all of the good they stand for. A nasty guy with no heart!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 9, 2016
Moore responded with the biblical verse from I Kings 18:17-19 (Note to Donald: That’s pronounced “First Kings,” not “One Kings.”), which Religion News Service called a “throwdown between the prophet [Elijah] and the pagan:
“When he saw Elijah, he said to him, “Is that you, you troubler of Israel?”
“I have not made trouble for Israel,” Elijah replied. “But you and your father’s family have. You have abandoned the LORD’s commands and have followed the Baals. Now summon the people from all over Israel to meet me on Mount Carmel. And bring the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table.”
Spoiler alert: It doesn’t end well for the followers of Baal.
Elijah destroys the pagan priests and Jezebel winds up eaten by dogs.
For now, Trump hate tweets his critics. Imagine what he will do with the power of the federal government behind him.