Re­li­gious leader wants Scara­mucci to get his mouth washed out

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Cleve R. Woot­son Jr.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s re­la­tion­ship with Bob Vander Plaats was rocky when the Iowa evan­gel­i­cal and po­lit­i­cal ac­tivist en­dorsed Sen. Ted Cruz, Rtexas, for pres­i­dent.

Al­though Vander Plaats ul­ti­mately sup­ported Trump in the Novem­ber elec­tion, things heated up be­tween the two again, this time prompted by a vul­gar, pro­fan­ity-filled tirade from White House Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Di­rec­tor An­thony Scara­mucci.

In an in­ter­view with The New Yorker, Scara­mucci called the now for­mer White House chief of staff Reince Priebus an “(ex­ple­tive) para­noid schiz­o­phrenic, a para­noiac” and said that Priebus would be asked to re­sign very shortly amid a White House shake-up.

Vander Plaats, whom the New York Times called “an in­flu­en­tial leader of Iowa’s Chris­tian right,” heads the Fam­ily Leader, an evan­gel­i­cal group that ad­vo­cates for po­lit­i­cal can­di­dates and pol­icy is­sues. Vander Plaats took is­sue with Scara­mucci’s harsh lan­guage and went on Twit­ter on Fri­day to tell Trump that the new White House com­mu­ni­ca­tions chief was the one who needed to go.

Vander Plaats tweeted that the pres­i­dent “must model and de­mand a higher stan­dard.”

He also posted a let­ter to the pres­i­dent on the Fam­ily Leader web­site, ti­tled “A time for con­fronting.” Mr. Pres­i­dent, it is time to look in the mir­ror, ac­cept re­spon­si­bil­ity, apol­o­gize to the Amer­i­can peo­ple, and de­clare an end to this be­hav­ior im­me­di­ately. I sug­gest you lead by first wash­ing out Mr. Scara­mucci’s mouth with a bar of soap. Af­ter a thor­ough rins­ing, strip his cre­den­tials and es­cort him per­son­ally off the White House grounds.

In the let­ter, Vander Plaats also called on other faith lead­ers to “ful­fill your call­ing to be the prophetic voice to the king.”

There’s no guar­an­tee Pres­i­dent Trump will re­pent and change his ways. This said, it is still our duty to pri­vately and pub­licly con­front, so our testimony is not com­pro­mised to a cul­ture that hungers for true hope.

Vander Plaats isn’t the only high-pro­file re­li­gious leader this month to call for oth­ers to con­front Trump. Af­ter pho­tos sur­faced show­ing evan­gel­i­cal pas­tors lay­ing hands on and pray­ing over Trump, a North Carolina pas­tor, Wil­liams Bar­ber, said those pas­tors were prac­tic­ing “the­o­log­i­cal mal­prac­tice bor­der­ing on heresy.”

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