Wingnut Weekly – 23 Feb 2020

the wingnut dance
Cartoonist Rob Rogers, who was fired for drawing cartoons that were critical of Trump, drew the above this past week to make this point …”William Barr has become a tool for Trump and his politics of authoritarian vengeance and favoritism. He needs to resign.

During the past week pictures of the following yard sign circulated. It is a declaration that “God Bows down to President Trump”. Is this yet another wingnut claim?

The observation is this – The cult of Trump has become so bizarre, so extreme, and so complete detached from facts and reality, that it becomes almost impossible to work out what is an actual belief and what is simply satire.

In this case it is satire by David Sander.

As explained by Snopes below, Sadler has posted over a hundred signs in his yard bearing messages that criticize and poke fun at the current chief executive. The above was just the latest …

Sander’s “God Bows Down to Trump” campaign sign display was meant to be taken ironically (or “satirically”) rather than literally — it was mocking Trump and the sentiment expressed in the text rather than promoting them

Wingnut proclamations from the last 7 days

Here for your enjoyment is this week’s selection of actual wingnut gems. It has all been mined from a stream of befuddled right-wing extremism blended with religious literalism …

The Cult of Trump ..

  • David Barton wants it known that he has no problem with the things that President Donald Trump tweets: “I like his tweets. I like the fact they stir up controversy.
  • Paula White Claims to Have Gone to the Throne Room of Heaven Where She Saw the Face of God … “Presidential spiritual adviser Paula White claims to have recently been transported to the Throne Room of Heaven, where she received a new “mantle” and anointing from God.
    • Sadly yes, there are indeed people gullible enough to actually believe this fraudster
  • David Barton insists there was nothing wrong with President Donald Trump’s effort to get Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden, claiming it was just … “one anti-corruption leader speaking to another anti-corruption leader about, ‘Hey, you might want to know [there’s] some corruption going on in your nation.’
  • Jim Bakker and Robert Jeffress cannot even bring themselves to criticize Trump for swearing during a nationally televised speech from the White House.
  • Ann Vandersteel declares that she “saw Christ emanating from that man” when Donald Trump rode down the escalator to announce his campaign for president in 2015.

2020

Homophobia ..

  • Cliff Kincaid says that because Buttigieg is gay, “questions about Mayor Pete’s personal lifestyle — and demands for the complete release of his military and medical records — are in order.
  • Jim Garlow declares that Christians can never vote for Pete Buttigieg: “Don’t participate in the sodomization & gomorrahization of our community – and our nation. And for the record, hmsxlty yesterday, trans today, pedophilia tomorrow, and guess what after that. The moral dam has burst. And the blood is on the hands of those – some evangelicals!!! – who would not stand for truth.”
  • Sandy Rios warns that Pete Buttigieg is secretly a communist: “He’s very, very smooth, and he’s very, very young, and he hides his policies with his smile and his kind demeanor.
    • Pete Buttigieg “Hides his policies” by publishing them on the internet and also explains then in public debates on an almost daily basis … all very hush-hush and secret.

Bizarre…

  • Josh Bernstein declares that Pete Buttigieg is “a CIA plant”: “There is no question in my mind that he was chosen by the elites to run for the presidency.
    • Josh Berstein’s mind is not exactly something anybody should depend upon for anything
  • Bryan Fischer writes about what he sees as a fundamental divide in life: “God loves people, environmental activists don’t.
  • Sam Rohrer explains that … “God embraces the tenets from which came the economic system called capitalism, thereby making capitalism moral, [therefore] it also of necessity makes socialism, communism or [any other] ‘-ism’ immoral and, therefore, evil.

Conspiracy claims …

What else came out of the Wingnut fantasy land?

Lots of other stuff. 

As always, it is an endless stream. Some of it is sad, some is rather grim, and some is quite frankly hilarious. Here are a few more samples …

They claimed that mocking their poll amounted to “religious persecution and anti-Christian bigotry.”

Fraudster of the week – Paula White

From the category labeled “Who would Jesus fleece?”, we have this latest gem.

Mother Jones published the details on 17th Feb 2020 …

Paula White urges her followers to pay her instead of their bills.

…“If she is formally working on the White House staff and continuing to raise money and do other activities for her church, she creates the appearance of using her public position for personal gain,” says Fred Wertheimer, president of Democracy 21, a nonprofit government watchdog group, noting that it’s a common theme in the Trump administration, which isn’t likely to object. “If the president believes in using public office for private gain, who is he or anyone in this administration to hold people accountable for doing it? When it comes to proper conduct by executive branch officials, the Trump presidency is a lawless one.”…

…For her, religion is a business…

… She urged people to pay up so she could begin the laying of hands. “You can’t just bring a gratitude offering. It has to be a First Fruits offering! If it is one week’s salary, if it’s a month. If it’s a day, it’s got to be the whole of something. Quickly! Bring it up—do you need an envelope?” she said, directing people to give the First Fruits to the apostles holding baskets. Others, whose gratitude offering was more meagre, should toss theirs on the floor….

… White held a book signing for her newest book release, Something Greater, which is all about her relationship with God. But Something Greater, of course, is really all about her relationship with Trump. His name is mentioned 177 times in 288 pages. Jesus merits just 82.

The Mother Jones article is a long insightful expose of a religious fraudster, and is well worth a read.

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