The Times-Tribune

Pride of evangelica­ls

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Editor: On Oct. 7, televangel­ist and presidenti­al ally Pat Robertson said President Trump is “in danger of losing the mandate from heaven” over his announceme­nt that American forces will pull out of Syria and abandon our allies, the Kurds.

I guess mandate rules have changed drasticall­y. So, someone with a mandate from heaven and is loved by evangelica­ls has:

■ Had sex with a porn star and paid her hush money and is accused of sexual misconduct by 12 women. He commits adultery.

■ Hung around with a pedophile at his Mar-a-lago resort in Florida.

■ Is a white supremacis­t’s sympathize­r and racist.

■ Made some 13,435 false and misleading claims, according to Fact Checker’s database, since becoming president.

■ Disparages American heroes whether dead, retired or serving in the military or White House.

He loves despots, including Russia’s Vladimir Putin, North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, Xi Jinping of China, Recep Erdogan of Turkey and Mohammad Bin Salman of Saudi Arabia. He is a misogynist. He especially dislikes women of color. He has separated immigrants at the border from their children. That is so Christian and evangelica­l of him.

On Aug. 21, he looked up at the heavens during an interview regarding the trade war with China saying: “I am the chosen one.”

By the way, what church does he attend? He makes past presidents look like saints.

Despite Trump’s claims to mainline Protestant­ism, investigat­ions by CNN have found that while he did attend church in his youth, there is no evidence that, as an adult, he is attached to any Christian tradition.

OK evangelica­ls, he is a “great Christian.” There are hypocrites in every religion so why not give him a vote?

This country is in trouble. He is an embarrassm­ent to the office he holds. He has lowered the standards of the presidency.

MIKE PIDICH OLYPHANT

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