You can sit back and enjoy the Religious Right tearing itself apart over the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. The process is well under way and won’t be finished until the votes are in after Election Day.
There are Cruz evangelicals and Rubio evangelicals and even Trump evangelicals. This latter category stirs the most amazement in observers, not least among evangelical observers. They can’t seem to wrap their minds around why their fellow “believers” (like Jerry Falwell, Jr.) would prefer Trump to the self-appointed messiah, Ted Cruz, who is, after all, the Chosen One of many Religious Right leaders.
As has been pointed out here and elsewhere, the so-called Religious Right is not all that religious – they don’t practice what they preach, with their babies born out of wedlock, their high divorce rates, their addiction to porn, their worship of money, and their failure to read their own Bible.
What they do do well is hate. In fact, what unifies them is hate, not Jesus, whose message of love they avoid like the plague. And Trump has effectively tapped into that hate by skipping over the middle man.
He has proven you don’t need a Bible you’ve never read in order to hate effectively.
Sure, in Iowa, Cruz managed to out-hate Trump and get a win, but that’s bucking the trend. Iowa talk radio host Steve Deace, who supports Cruz, talked to the American Family Radio’s Sandy Rios after the Iowa caucus and despite his hero’s win, he is really having a hard time with Trump’s appeal.
What is amazing is how much of his hatred of Trump is directed at Trump’s use of tried and true evangelical attacks on President Obama, but directed this time against Cruz: “It doesn’t make any sense,” he said.
“He [Trump] was essentially betraying us on every single issue,” complained Deace. And apparently only evangelicals can be intellectually dishonest, because Deace hates it when Trump goes there:
“I can’t even begin to tell you how intellectually dishonest Donald Trump was in Iowa the last couple of weeks of this campaign. He did everything but call Ted Cruz an illegal alien. I’ve never seen anything like it … There was nothing Donald Trump would not say, there was nothing Donald Trump would not do.”
He’s never seen anything like it. Except when Deace himself did it to Obama.
Yes, Deace is a birther. The Iowa Independent reported how in 2009 he lent his show to the birther movement, interviewing Orly Taitz and others. He whined and whined to World Net Daily that he and his fellow birthers were “ridiculed and mocked.”
Now forced to address freaks like himself, but from the other side of the equation, Deace told Cruz during an interview that “It’s like there is no factual amount of evidence that can be presented to the contrary when people get this issue stuck in their craw.”
i urge you to read the rest of the article and realize deranged is not out of line. i've always maintained that republican contest are all about who can out hate the other the most egregious gets the cheers from the base. but there is a general election 2/3 of who are not there base they still can't do the math but we can.