Trump’s Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave an interview to the Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody and Chris Mitchell during the secretary’s swing through the Middle East this week. Mitchell had some, uh, interesting questions for the Evangelical Pompeo, including whether or not he thought Trump was “raised up” by God.
From CBN interview:— Michele Kelemen (@michelekelemen) March 21, 2019
QUESTION: Could it be that President Trump right now has been sort of raised for such a time as this, just like Queen Esther, to help save the Jewish people from the Iranian menace?
SECRETARY POMPEO: As a Christian I certainly believe that’s possible.
“Could it be that President Trump right now has been sort of raised for such a time as this, just like Queen Esther, to help save the Jewish people from the Iranian menace?” Mitchell asked.
“As a Christian, I certainly believe that’s possible,” Pompeo replied, adding, “I am confident that the Lord is at work here.”
Queen Esther is a Jewish Biblical figure who persuaded her Persian husband King Xerxes to reverse his advisor’s order for a Jewish genocide and instead allow the Jews to kill their enemies. The incident is commemorated during the Jewish holiday of Purim, which was celebrated this week.
On Twitter, there was much less celebrating at the news that American foreign policy is being carried out under some vague notion of Divine Right.
“As a Christian, I certainly believe that’s possible,” said the U.S. secretary of state in the 21st century https://t.co/5YZImRq3p9— Tim O'Brien (@TimOBrien) March 22, 2019
WTF is this hot nonsense?? https://t.co/AYkWLVXcC6— Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) March 21, 2019
jesus fucking christ https://t.co/4Fmngc7yHu— Owen Ellickson (@onlxn) March 21, 2019
As a Jewish person - yeah, we’re good thanks https://t.co/Tu0sX7gFzu— Jake Maccoby (@jdmaccoby) March 22, 2019
I think this is literally the definition of a cult. https://t.co/7I3UdSPWBF— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) March 21, 2019
I have thought Donald Trump resembled plenty of Bible characters: the serpent in Genesis, the prosecutor in Job, the beast in Revelation. Queen Esther never crossed my mind... https://t.co/eLbVtAbPGD— Jonathan Merritt (@JonathanMerritt) March 22, 2019
Saying God sent Trump to save the Jews is like saying God sent Pence to save gay people.— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) March 22, 2019
This is both a delusional and incredibly dangerous way to approach foreign policy. https://t.co/DBITrGZrLF— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) March 21, 2019
And for good reason. If you’re wondering why so many Evangelical Christians are so pro-Israel, it’s because they seem to think the book of Revelation is some kind of script they should be following. According to Revelation, Jesus won’t return until the Jewish temple its rebuilt on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem where an Islamic shrine currently stands.
Re Golan Heights and Trump police just want to remind everyone that Mike Pompeo (and Pence) welcomes the "last days/end times/rapture" that must require (in their minds) Jerusalem being "returned" to Israel (at which point all Jews go to hell): https://t.co/qQGSU5FSET— Clara Jeffery (@ClaraJeffery) March 22, 2019
According to Evangelical Christians, when Jesus does return the rapture takes place and Jews get cast into the lake of fire (along withother apostates) for not believing in Jesus. Right-wing Evangelical pastor and Trump booster John Hagee has even said Hitler was sent by God to chase Jews back to Jerusalem to hasten the second coming.
Of course, Trump doesn’t know or care about any of that. All he knows is that he needs support from Evangelicals and that this is something Evangelical leaders (and his son-in-law Jared Kushner) want him to do.