‘Fascism in the flesh’: Trump’s state dinner for evangelicals
Reacting to a warning sounded by President Trump that that there will be ‘violence’ if the Democrats win in November, congressman Bill Pascrell Jr said on Twitter yesterday ‘this is fascism in the flesh’.
The Democrat who represents the 9th District of New Jersey in the US of Representatives, added:
This is the language of a fanatic that could be lifted from a tyrant’s playbook. This is not a warning but an incitement. Unless we stand united against it.
Trump was addressing a room full of fanatics when he hosted a “state dinner” in the White House for around 100 evangelical leaders on Monday night. According to Tim Teeman, writing for The Daily Beast, it was:
It was an evening that featured a room full of LGBT prejudice and hatred.
But it was far worse than that.
Trump warned the assembled bigots – he described then as “a nice group” – that the Democrats:
Will overturn everything that we’ve done and they’ll do it quickly and violently … When you look at Antifa and you look at some of these groups – these are violent people.
Trump, referring to the upcoming mid-term elections, added:
The level of hatred, the level of anger is unbelievable. Part of it is because of some of the things I’ve done for you and for me and for my family, but I’ve done them … This November 6 election is very much a referendum on not only me, it’s a referendum on your religion, it’s a referendum on free speech and the First Amendment.
An official White House report quotes Trump as saying:
We’re here this evening to celebrate America’s heritage of faith, family, and freedom. As you know, in recent years, the government tried to undermine religious freedom. But the attacks on communities of faith are over. We’ve ended it. We’ve ended it. (Applause.) Unlike some before us, we are protecting your religious liberty.
In the last 18 months alone, we have stopped the Johnson Amendment from interfering with your First Amendment rights. (Applause.) A big deal. It’s a big deal.
We’ve taken action to defend the religious conscience of doctors, nurses, teachers, students, preachers, faith groups, and religious employers.
We sent the entire executive branch guidance on protecting religious liberty. Big deal. Brought the Faith and Opportunity Initiative to the White House.
Every day, we’re standing for religious believers, because we know that faith and family, not government and bureaucracy, are the center of American life. (Applause.) And we know that freedom is a gift from our Creator.
Here in the State Dining Room, carved into this fireplace, is the famous prayer of John Adams. It says, ‘I pray Heaven to bestow the best of Blessings on this House.’
Trump failed to complete Adams’ quote, which, in full, reads:
I Pray Heaven To Bestow The Best Of Blessings On This House And All that shall hereafter Inhabit it. May none but Honest and Wise Men ever rule under This Roof.