If there had been a dictionary entry for “televangelist excess” in the 1980s, Jim Bakker’s picture would be there. But since crashing, burning, and spending time in prison, Bakker has found a new calling–hard, hard right politics. He has emerged as one of the loudest fundie cheerleaders for Donald Trump, and has also fallen all over himself to target those opposing the Donald with hellfire and brimstone.
To hear Bakker talk, the Women’s March was influenced by demons. For that matter, anyone who raises his or her voice in opposition to Trump may need a demon cast out of them, and could potentially be on the payroll of jihadists as well as Satan.
That kind of talk may explain why over 70 percent of white evangelicals still approve of Trump’s performance–more than double the national average. How strong is that support? Well, to hear Bakker talk, the most fanatical of them may throw the country into civil war.
On Tuesday, Bakker’s special guest was Ramiro Pena, pastor of Christ the King Baptist Church, a charismatic Southern Baptist church in Waco. Pena is also a member of Trump’s Hispanic advisory council. The talk soon turned to the recent calls for Trump to be impeached. People for the American Way’s Right Wing Watch got a clip.
Pena recalled Alan Dershowitz’ recent interview on Fox News about the recent calls for impeachment proceedings. In case you missed it, Dershowitz believes that there is no valid basis for impeachment because there is no evidence Trump committed a crime. For that matter, Dershowitz doesn’t think that any collusion with Russia, if it took place, amounted to criminal activity.
Bakker was incredulous that this impeachment talk was even taking place while Trump was trying to fight against terrorism, and warned that it was going to “backfire like you’ve never seen before.” Pena recalled a prophecy given by Kim Clement, one of the darlings of the hypercharismatic circuit. Just days before he died, Clement declared that Trump’s opponents would be “screaming ‘impeachment, impeachment'”–but it would go nowhere.
Like a moth to a flame, Bakker jumped on it.
“If it happens, there will be a civil war in the United States of America. The Christians will finally come out of the shadows, because we are going to be shut up–permanently–if we’re not careful.”
Bakker then urged Pena and other pastors to “stand up and shout out” about what was happening in this country.
As usual, Bakker is delusional. Remember, Trump’s approval ratings are only at around 39 percent–and the only reason it’s even that high is because of the fundies. His disapproval ratings stand at 55 percent. That dispproval rating is likely to decrease even further once former FBI director James Comey testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee. According to The New York Times, Trump is very unlikely to use executive privilege to gag Comey.
Bottom line? If Bakker wants to take to the streets in the event of a Trump impeachment, there won’t be many people marching behind him.
(featured image courtesy Bakker’s Facebook)