One can claim to be a devout evangelical Christian who adheres to the teachings of Christ, or you can be a hired liar for Donald Trump. It is not feasible to have it both ways, as White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany is finding out.
Mcenany’s Former Teacher at Her Christian Academy Is Disappointed in Her https://t.co/gahl2z2kLW
— #TuckFrump (@realTuckFrumper) June 25, 2020
The people at Fox News were happy for her hiring by the Trump administration, but those who guided her religious teachings are “saddened” by the turn she has taken. The Ninth Commandment, “thou shalt not bear false witness,” has no qualifiers. It isn’t, “don’t bear false witness unless the president tells you to” or “thou shalt not bear false witness unless doing so will gain you power and money.” McEnany lies on a daily basis for the president, and her former teacher at the Christian Academy has spoken out against her actions.
For a piece in The Atlantic, her teacher wrote:
”We taught that truth was not expediency but was the touchstone of relationships. Much of the rhetoric I have read and interviews I have seen when she was a commentator on television show how far from [the academy’s] values she now espouses. This saddens me.”’
In order to keep a toehold on the evangelical base of the Republican Party, a particular narrative has been devised. If they can convince the people who make up the vast majority of a religious group that they’re somehow being oppressed by the more minority religious groups and the government, they’ve set up an “us versus them” strategy, a favorite of Trump’s.
‘Real Americans, especially conservative people of faith—are under siege, and the president will defend them. Trump officials act as a roving band of apostles, evangelizing this message. Attorney General William Barr dedicated a speech at Notre Dame to detailing “the steady erosion of our traditional Judeo-Christian moral system and a comprehensive effort to drive it from the public square.” Vice President Mike Pence told a graduating class at Liberty University to prepare to be “shunned or ridiculed for defending the teachings of the Bible.” Brad Parscale, the 2020 Trump campaign manager, tweeted that “only God could deliver such a savior to our nation,” along with a gauzy black-and-white photo of a Trump rally.’
Just as Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed to be a devout Christian and evangelical while telling outrageous lies for the president, McEnany is following in the footsteps of those who came before her in the Trump administration.
‘The Christian values that [McEnany] claimed to stand for and fight for were worth nothing to her when power and victory were on the table.’
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