By Mary Washington
Three days into the new year and the Trump White House is off to a disastrous start with a public feud with former Trump loyalist Steve Bannon. The president said Bannon had lost his mind after he gave several damaging quotes for Michael Wolf’s new book “Fire and Fury.”
Trump has also ratcheted up his war of words with nuclear-armed North Korea. In a post on Twitter, the president bragged that his “nuclear button was bigger than theirs.”
However, Trump still maintains strong support from Evangelicals, who have overlooked his dabbles with porn and gambling, his three marriages and the fact that his wife, Melania, posed nude.
Evangelicals still see Trump as “God’s arm” in the White House and many of them see disagreeing with the president as disobeying God.
Evangelist Franklin Graham, son of famous preacher Billy Graham, claimed the “bomb cyclone” that was getting ready to hit the East Coast, was divine punishment for New York voting against Trump.
“Trump’s home state New York voted against him, and now they are getting hit with the biggest snowstorm in memory,” said Graham in an interview with Charisma magazine. “This is what happens when you go against God’s representative.”
Several other Evangelicals also seem to agree with Graham’s line of thinking, according to Right Wing Watch.
Paula White, a controversial prosperity preacher and one of Trump’s spiritual advisors, also claimed that Christians should back Trump.
“He’s been raised up by God because God says that He raises up and places all people in places of authority. It is God that raises up a king, it is God that sets one down and so when you fight against the plan of God, you’re fighting against the hand of God,” said White in an interview with televangelist Jim Bakker.