Certain rites and doctrines

Gee, who could have guessed – it turns out that Trump is not a devout Christian after all. It was all an act!!! Are you amazed?

The president’s alliance with religious conservatives has long been premised on the contention that he takes them seriously, while Democrats hold them in disdain. In speeches and interviews, Trump routinely lavishes praise on conservative Christians, casting himself as their champion. “My administration will never stop fighting for Americans of faith,” he declared at a rally for evangelicals earlier this year.

But it’s transparently a ploy, given that Trump had never given the slightest hint of religiosity until he decided to become king of Murka.

But in private, many of Trump’s comments about religion are marked by cynicism and contempt, according to people who have worked for him. Former aides told me they’ve heard Trump ridicule conservative religious leaders, dismiss various faith groups with cartoonish stereotypes, and deride certain rites and doctrines held sacred by many of the Americans who constitute his base.

We’re supposed to recoil in disgust at this point but I can’t oblige. I agree with him on this one. If that makes me a trumpish vulgarian on the subject then so be it.

The fraud on the other hand is a whole different matter.

A white house spokeser asked for comment said blah blah plus

The president is also well known for joking and his terrific sense of humor, which he shares with people of all faiths.

Nah. His sense of humor isn’t terrific. He’s not intelligent enough for that.

It helped that Trump seemed to feel a kinship with prosperity preachers—often evincing a game-recognizes-game appreciation for their hustle. The former campaign adviser recalled showing his boss a YouTube video of the Israeli televangelist Benny Hinn performing “faith healings,” while Trump laughed at the spectacle and muttered, “Man, that’s some racket.” On another occasion, the adviser told me, Trump expressed awe at Joel Osteen’s media empire—particularly the viewership of his televised sermons.

It’s very Mark Twain, isn’t it. He’s the Duke and the Dauphin to the life.

The conservative Christian elites Trump surrounds himself with have always been more clear-eyed about his lack of religiosity than they’ve publicly let on.

See? We’ve known that all along. Of course they have – you’d have to be very dense and inattentive to think Trump meant any of it.

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