In 2013, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal famously warned his fellow Republicans, “We must stop being the stupid party.” Well — it was a nice try.
Today millions of Republicans still deny that global warming is real and human-induced; millions more think the COVID-19 pandemic is nothing worse than the flu and refuse to wear a mask; and still more believe the ever-growing list of QAnon conspiracy theories. And, of course, if Donald Trump loses the election, those Republicans will believe his claim that the election was “rigged.”
That brings me to the uncomfortable subject of Trump’s Christian followers. While there are many highly intelligent, savvy Christians who are resistant to manipulation, the reason Trump ultimately ended up as a Republican was because he knew he could get the Christians in that party to do his bidding. After all, if such people already believed in a talking snake, getting them to believe in a tweeting despot wouldn’t be a stretch.
Missoulian Guest Editorial 9/8/20 by Marty Essen: is a college speaker and the multi-award-winning author of five humorous political books. His sixth book, “Hits, Heathens, and Hippos: Stories from an Agent, Activist, and Adventurer,” will be published next year.