Ralph Reed is a conservative Christian leader who once served as the first executive director of the Christian Coalition and now works as a lobbyist and political adviser.
On Tuesday morning, Reed was a guest on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal,” and he was asked about President Donald Trump’s decision to have police attack peaceful protesters in Washington, D.C. so he have a photo-op while holding a Bible in front of St. John’s Church. Reed said he was glad Trump had acted the way he did:
“As an American, I was glad that he went there. It was symbolic but that’s important. The things that he does with the bully pulpit of his office conveys a message and the message was, I believe, we’ re not going to allow our country to be run over by rioters and looters and terrorists.
“The president has a responsibility and takes the oath of office with his hand on a Bible to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
During the call-in portion of the program several minutes later, a caller strongly chastised Reed for being a hypocrite and raked him over the coals for supporting a man as immoral as Trump. The caller told Reed:
“Mr. Reed, since it is publicly known that [Trump] paid off prostitutes and porn stars, was cheating while his third wife was pregnant and all the other moral ineptitudes that he’s committed, his inaction on the COVID-19 virus. He has recommended bleach and other things used on the human body.”
But the caller, who identified himself as a Republican, was far from done with Reed, adding:
“His just utter chaos in office. His recent comments about the military. How in good conscience could you support a person like this?
“Mr. Reed, you are political opportunist of the first order and just like how the money lenders were shoved out of the temple by Jesus Christ, you should be too.”
Rather than respond to the remarks from the caller, Reed whined that the man had launched a “personal attack on him.” And then he again defended Trump and compared him to Jesus:
“I think the arguments you just made about Donald Trump are not only consistent with the Gospel that Jesus preached when he was here on Earth and taught. I think it’s the very opposite. He didn’t condemn people who were sinners and had led imperfect lives.”
Jesus also preached loving your enemies, caring for the poor, humility, love, and compassion. When was the last time Trump did the same?
Ralph Reed, like many so-called “Christians” who fervently support Donald Trump, is indeed a hypocrite. And even worse, he’s incapable of admitting that the president is only interested in dividing this country for his own venal political purposes.
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