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Just in time for all of you tiring of that little thing droning on and on over in the Senate called an impeachment trial.
I mean, sometimes you just can’t make this stuff up.
In a recent speech, Donald Trump’s spiritual adviser, a woman named Paula White, declared that those who practice “demonic manipulation” against Trump and his followers will be broken and unable to “carry forth any plan of destruction, any plan of harm.”
Okay, stay with me here: It gets better.
She called upon her audience to pray for strength to “come against the marine kingdom” and the “animal kingdom” and demanded that “all satanic pregnancies to miscarry right now.”
Yeah, so she actually said that.
I’m no mental health professional, but I’m pretty sure that the technical term which applies here is “whackadoodle.”
(And can anyone explain to me just what a “satanic pregnancy” is? I mean, without having to screen The Exorcist or Rosemary’s Baby for me.)
And this 53-year-old woman apparently has regular access to the president of the United States.
White is listed as special adviser to the Centers for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives, a federal initiative set up by Trump. She’s also chair of something called the evangelical advisory board for the Trump administration.
White’s relationship with Trump seems to go back, as she was a religious surrogate for the Trump campaign back in 2016.
But dig into her background a little deeper, and what do you find?
A 2007-2011 Senate Finance Committee investigation, which White refused to cooperate with, financial improprieties that could have affected her religious organization’s tax-exempt status.
And there’s more.
Southern Baptist theologian and ethicist Russell D. Moore said that “Paula White is a charlatan and recognized as a heretic by every orthodox Christian, of whatever tribe.”
Essentially, you have an 80s-style televangelist a la Jim and Tammy Bakker, who has direct access to the president of the United States on the basis of apparently little more than she’s an attractive blonde who happens to have a religious credential.
Time was that an occurrence like this would have been a major crisis for any president. This would have put him on political life support until he jettisoned the wacky adviser, paid political penance and tried to move on.
But here we are in the Bizarro world known as the Trump administration, so it’s just what passes for a normal Monday morning.
Election Day can’t get here fast enough.
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