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Politics in the U.S.

The craziness of the U.S. 2016 election
season. Year 2005 audio tape by Trump
surfaces. Trump predicts doom if Clinton
is elected. Evangelical Christians in crisis:

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Part 1 of fifteen parts

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poll symbol "Locker room banter" by presidential candidate candidate Donald Trump (R):

During 2005, an audio recording was made of Trump discussing his kissing, groping, and attempted seduction of women without their advance permission. It was made a few months after he married his third wife, Melania. The tape was made public in early 2016-OCT, just before his second Presidential Debate with Hillary Clinton (D). It may have been timed to do the maximum damage to his campaign during the lead up to the NOV-08 U.S. election. 7

The tape was recorded In an "Access Hollywood" bus. Trump talked with Billy Bush, the show's host, about an encounter with an unidentified woman. Trump said:

"... I moved on her, and I failed. I’ll admit it. ... I did try and f--k her. She was married. And I moved on her very heavily. In fact, I took her out furniture shopping. She wanted to get some furniture. I’ll show you where they have some nice furniture. I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married. ..."

At this point he noticed actress Arianne Zucker outside the bus. She was waiting to escort the two men into a TV studio. Trump said:

"You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful -- I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait.

And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. ..."

"Grab them by the p----y. You can do anything."

Shortly after the tape was made public, Trump issued a statement containing apology -- sort of:

"This was locker-room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago. Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course — not even close. I apologize if anyone was offended." 1

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Trump anticipates doom if Hillary Clinton wins the election for President:

He said that a Hillary Clinton presidency would result in -- among other things -- terrorists flooding the country, illegal immigrants 'flowing across the border,' 'disasters on the Supreme Court,' and 'a very massive economic recession.'

He warned:

"It won’t be pretty." 2

Curiously, he did not predict that God would sent devastating earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes, tsunamis, etc.

Webmaster's comment: [bias alert]:

It is worth noting that since the switch from a Republican president to Barack Obama (D) in 2009, no terrorist has entered the U.S. and killed anyone. Also, the net flow of illegal immigrants from Mexico and Central America has been zero. That is, there have been as many illegal immigrants coming North into the U.S. as going South, leaving the U.S. Finally, there was a major economic recovery during Obama's presidency and an unbroken series of months with gains in employment. It is not obvious to me why this would change if Hillary Clinton were to become president.

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A gubernatorial candidate in Utah issues his fear-based prediction: "Vote correctly or face the judgments of God!:"

Dell “Super Dell” Schanze is the manager of Paraglider Mall in Sandy, UT. It is an adventure-sports business. He is also the candidate of the right-wing Independent American Party (IAP) for governor of Utah. The party was founded in 1998 as the Utah Independent American Party. It has yet to elect its first person to a national, state, county or city government anywhere in the U.S.

He said:

"RIGHTEOUSNESS can solve every problem in the world. God made a promise ‘as ye keep my commandments ye shall prosper in the land’. The vast majority in our state are against murdering unborn children. You are against perversion and perversion of marriage. You are against more encroachment on your 2nd Amendment rights."

Presumably, his "perversion of marriage" relates to marriage equality which was attained in 2015-JUN when the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage.

He states In the state’s official voter information pamphlet:

"The voice of the people and the constitution are being utterly mocked!!! Vote SUPERDELL Schanze or face the judgments of God. If even one single state can return to freedom and the constitution, the entire world would flow unto it. Your honor rests on your vote."

Earlier, he appeared in a You Tube video allegedly airborne in his paraglider while pursuing and kicking a barn owl. He pleaded guilty in court to two charges: knowingly using an aircraft to harass wildlife and pursuing a migratory bird. He complained that the video was created by an "anti-Christ homosexual who hates me." 2

On NOV-08, Trump won Utah and collected all the State of Utah votes from the Electoral College. Within five days, there was a magnitude 7.8 earthquake and tsunami which some religious conservatives associated with the judgment of God. But it happened in New Zealand.

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Crisis among evangelical Christians:

  • R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, wrote an opinion piece for the Washington Post. Referring to Donald Trump, he said, in part:

    "This year, the Republican nominee is, in terms of character, the personification of what evangelicals have preached (and voted) against. Married three times, flaunting Christian sexual mores, building his fortune and his persona on the Playboy lifestyle, under any normal circumstances Trump would be the realization of evangelical nightmares, not the carrier of evangelical hopes."

    "... when Trump claimed the Republican nomination, evangelicals faced a new and very awkward situation. Some evangelical leaders adopted a 'never Trump' position early in the primaries. I am among those who see evangelical support for Trump as a horrifying embarrassment — a price for possible political gain that is simply unthinkable and too high to pay. ..."

    "The [recent] release of the sexually explicit tape revealed Trump in a light that must be the worst nightmare for the candidate’s campaign. It revealed a sexual predator, not merely a playboy. 3

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  • Mark Halperin. the managing editor of Bloomberg Politics and host of With All Due Respect tweeted:

    "Amazing that almost [the] only statements of re-affirmation of support for @realDonaldTrump today are from religious conservative leaders." 4

  • Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention expressed his personal opinions in the Washington Post in an opinion piece titled: "If Donald Trump has done anything, he has snuffed out the Religious Right." He said, in part:

    "We know nothing new about Donald Trump. He has told us about his view of women, his view of sexuality, his views of marriage and family for more than 30 years. He has gloried in reality television decadence before reality television was even invented. In his boasts to tabloid reporters, he reaffirmed who he is over and over again, even during this campaign — from misogynistic statements, to racist invective, to crazed conspiracy theorizing.

  • And yet here stands the old-guard Religious Right establishment. Some are defending or waving this away, with the same old tropes they’ve used throughout this campaign. Trump’s not a Sunday school teacher, they tell us. Trump’s a new King David or pagan deliverer Cyrus. Trump is either a 'baby Christian' or the kind of tough strongman conservative Christians need since the Sermon on the Mount isn’t realistic enough for the 21st century. ..."

    "There is good news, though, behind all of this, regardless of how this election turns out. The old-school political Religious Right establishment wonders why the evangelical next generation rejects their way. The past year is illustration enough. The evangelical movement is filled with younger, multiethnic, gospel-centered Christians. They are defined by a clear theology and a clear mission — not by the doctrinally vacuous resentment over a lost regime of nominal, cultural 'Christian America'." 5

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This topic continues in the next essay

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References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
  1. David A. Fahrenthold,"Trump recorded having extremely lewd conversation about women in 2005," Washington Post, 2016-OCT-08, at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/
  2. "Vote for me or face ‘the judgments of God,’ gubernatorial candidate tells the people of Utah," 2016-OCT-11, at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/
  3. , "Donald Trump has created an excruciating moment for evangelicals," Washington Post, 2016-OCT-09, at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/
  4. Mark Halperin, tweet, 2016-OCT-08, at: https://twitter.com/
  5. Russell Moore, "If Donald Trump has done anything, he has snuffed out the Religious Right," Washington Post, 2016-OCT-09, at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/
  6. The Independent American Party (IAP) has its home page at: http://www.independentamericanparty.org/
  7. "Donald Trump crisis: Evangelical Christians desert Republican presidential nominee following lewd tape revelation," The Telegraph, 2016-OCT-12, at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/

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Copyright © 2016 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Original posting: 2016-NOV-11
Latest update : 2016-NOV-13
Author: B.A. Robinson

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