It has been a real question of why Evangelical Christians would endorse the Donald Trump presidency with such fervor. He certainly does not appear to live by the Golden Rule. POTUS manages to skip over “You should treat others” but rolls around in the last part “the way you’d like to be treated.” Some groups even believe he is the “chosen one.”
Clearly, this man is not familiar with Christianity, though. He spoke at a Christian university and tried to talk about a book in The New Testament. He made a second-graders’ Sunday School class mistake when he said “Corinthians Two,” when the correct pronunciation is “Second Corinthians.”
More recently, Trump sicced unmarked military members firing pepper balls into a group of peaceful protesters outside of the White House. People have come to this very spot for centuries and for the same reason — peaceful protests. One of the miitary-type people hit an Australian journalist with his baton.
With clouds of military discharge in the air, the president strode through stopping before the President’s church, called so because so many presidents have prayed there. Bible in hand upside down, a heresy for many real Christians, the repentant sinner spoke.
Just out, the new Michael Cohen book, Disloyal: A Memoir revealed one possible reason why so many of the Evangelicals may like him so much. He spoke to Reuters.
The Jerry Falwells asked Cohen to keep “a bunch of photographs, personal photographs” from becoming public. The attorney wisely had the comedian Tom Arnold record the conversations. The funny man said:
‘I actually have one of the photos. It’s terrible.’
Cohen wrote that he thought getting involved with Falwells would be what is referred to as a “catch and kill.” That frequently happens in American tabloids to suppress stories about certain celebrities:
‘[B]ut in this case it was just going to be kill.’
Later, he wrote:
‘In good time, I would call in this favor, not for me, but for the Boss, at a crucial moment on his journey to the presidency.’
Then, it was not too difficult for Cohen to help convince Falwell to endorse Trump in Iowa, February 2016, just as the race was beginning to take on speed:
‘Falwell not only publicly vouched for Trump’s Christian virtues but also barnstormed with the candidate. His backing of Trump — a twice-divorced candidate who had talked about grabbing women’s genitals and engaged in extramarital affairs — was one of the major surprises of the 2016 campaign.’
The author does not write out word for word that this was a favor in return from hiding the Falwell pictures from the public. Still, this time the writer spoke of the incidents in tandem.
On CNN, Cohen said:
‘[T]here is absolutely no connection between the photos and my personal request to the Falwells to assist the Trump campaign.’
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told Reuters:
‘Michael Cohen is a disgraced felon and disbarred lawyer, who lied to Congress. He has lost all credibility, and it’s unsurprising to see his latest attempt to profit off of lies.’
Falwell was president of Liberty University at the time. He stepped down in August when an alleged “years-long affair with Jerry and Becki Falwell” was revealed.
Giancarlo Granda told Reuters that he had sex with Becki Falwell as Jerry Falwell watched. The former college president denied having anything to do with it. He added it was just an affair between Granda and his wife.
Cohen wrote that the Falwells were “dear friends, more like family to me.” He even got their daughters tickets to go to a Justin Bieber concert:
‘Like the Bieber favor a few years earlier, this would have a huge impact on the 2016 election, evangelicals, the Supreme Court and the fate of the nation.’
‘If Becki Falwell was seen half-naked by the students of Liberty University, let alone evangelicals all over the country, it would be an unmitigated disaster.’
After he handled the photos, Cohen called Becki to let her know she was safe, but he added that he could “hear the fear and sadness in her voice. I reassured her I wouldn’t let her down, and I didn’t:”
‘There it was: my second chit with the Falwells. In good time, I would call in this favor, not for me, but for the Boss, at a crucial moment on his journey to the presidency.’
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