Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of “The Young Turks,” react to the president retweeting NewsMax host Wayne Allyn Root’s comparison of Donald Trump to Jesus Christ.
“This is the greatest president for Jews and for Israel in the history of the world. Not just in America, Trump is the best president for Israel in the history of the world. And the Jewish people love him like he is the King of Israel. They love him like he is the second coming of God,” Root said.
“Best president in the history of the world? Israel’s been around for 70 years,” Uygur said. “So…? And even if you say, like, ancient Israel, they didn’t have presidents back then, so it is a preposterous statement. And even then, it is not true, U.S. presidents have literally saved Israel from getting wiped off the map.”
“So, Evangelical Christians, are you still pretending, if you’re a right-winger, are you still pretending to be a Christian?” Cenk Uygur asked. “Can you imagine if Barack Obama called himself the second coming of God? Can you imagine if Barack Obama said he was the King of Israel? ‘This liberal commentator has said I am the King of Israel, and he has made a very brilliant point, that is right. And by the way, if you’re a Jew in America who disagrees, you’re an idiot.'”
“He’s just straight-up calling Jewish people in America who don’t vote for him stupid, that is what he’s saying,” Ana Kasparian noted. “And by the way, I wanted to go find the video of what Wayne Allen Root said, and I don’t think that the tweets even capture how incredibly disgusting and offensive Allen Root’s comments were.”
“When Trump said he could shot somebody on 5th Avenue and his supporters wouldn’t mind, if you’re a real Christian, this is on that level. When someone is so full of pride that they compare themselves to Jesus Christ and say they are the second coming of God. If a Democrat dared to do this, I don’t care how right-wing you are you know that if Obama or Clinton or anybody had done this, you would have gone ballistic. Imagine if Hillary Clinton said she was the King of Israel and the second coming of God? And wrote that in a tweet, like, of course, this guy said this and it is right, that is me. Wow! Yes!”
“But it’s Trump, what are you gonna do? You’re going to forgive it and move one because you don’t really care about Christianity. You don’t care at all about Christianity. You’re all about hate. Do you hate the same people I hate? That’s all that right-wing Evangelical Christianity has devolved into in this country. Does that mean all Evangelical Christians? No, Jimmy Carter is an Evangelical Christian. There are still wonderful progressive Evangelical Christians… But the right-wing Evangelicals. ‘Who do we hate? Who do we hate? Who do we hate? Oh, Trump hates the same people as me. Of course, the second coming of God.'”
“What kind of insane Bizzaro-Christianity is this?” he wondered. “All the prosperity preachers flying around in their jets, saying God doesn’t want me to fly with a bunch of demons like you regular people. That’s what Jesus came to do, spit on regular people, right?”
“In the Bible, it says that it is harder for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of heaven than for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, but these people don’t read or care about the Bible. These right-wing Evangelicals, I think they don’t even like the Bible. I think if they read the Bible, they might be shocked. ‘We’re supposed to help the homeless and the rich people aren’t going to go to heaven? What kind of crap is this?’ So you’re not real Christians.”
“If you’re a real Christian who believes in the Sermon on the Mount, you would be deeply offended by what Trump said. If you’re a fake Christian like right-wing Evangelicals, and you’re just looking to hate someone and that’s what your identity is based around, you love Trump and there’s nothing he could say,” Uygur said. “Oh wait, there’s one thing. If he all of a sudden turned around and said he likes the Muslims and Latinos, I bet that’s the one thing. You can shoot someone on 5th Avenue, you can claim to be the second coming of God, but if all of a sudden he said we should be open-hearted to Muslims and Latino immigrants and welcome them into this country… Boom. Gone. His support would erode overnight.”
“Right-wing Evangelical Christians in this country have become a cult of hate,” Uygur concluded. “You see this kind of offensive stuff and you still support Trump, you’re a joke. A total and utter joke.”