In further evidence that I’m a better Christian than Donald Trump, Il Duce takes the Christian deity’s name in vain far more frequently in his public statements than I do, much to the annoyance of evangelicals:
Paul Hardesty didn’t pay much attention to President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Greenville, N.C., last month until a third concerned constituent rang his cell phone.
The residents of Hardesty’s district — he’s a Trump-supporting West Virginia state senator — were calling to complain that Trump was “using the Lord’s name in vain,” as Hardesty recounted.
…Trump crowing, “they’ll be hit so goddamn hard,” while bragging about bombing Islamic State militants. And Trump recounting his warning to a wealthy businessman: “If you don’t support me, you’re going to be so goddamn poor.”
…Trump’s indelicate language has frustrated religious fans who have otherwise been true blue supporters of his agenda. They agree with his social policies, praise his appointment of conservative judges and extol his commitment to Israel — often tolerating Trump’s character flaws for the continued advancement of all three. But when it comes to “using the Lord’s name in vain,” as Hardesty put it, “the president’s evangelical base might be far less forgiving.”
“Carelessly invoking the Lord’s name in a fit of anger is one thing,” said one of the pro-Trump pastors, quickly adding that he would not encourage such behavior. “But,” he continued, “repeatedly doing it for shock value … that does raise questions about the president’s respect for people of faith” [Gabby Orr, “‘Using the Lord’s Name in Vain’: Evangelicals Chafe at Trump’s Blasphemy,” Politico, 2019.08.12].
There’s a lot more un-Christian behavior coming from this occupant of the White House than the thoughtless words coming out of his mouth. But golly-gee-whillikers—if GD-bombs are what it takes to bring voters of faith back to their senses, clean language is one of the easiest tactics Democrats can use to distinguish themselves from the Curser-in-Chief on the stump.