Several “pro-life” pastors defended President Donald Trump’s policy of separating immigrant children from their parents, and imprisoning the kids, including infants.
MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle reported “for the most part” white Christian evangelicals “stand with the president because they believe his ideology supports their overall values.”
Bill Sutton of Trinity Baptist in McAllen, Texas, explained his convoluted beliefs:
Blind faith is how you have to trust the Lord… [Elected officials] are ministers of God for the righteous. I don’t believe any person is in any office that God has not allowed it to be there.
Sutton failed to mention centuries of elected despots and corrupt governments, but insisted that he did “care about these kids”:
I’ve kind of put my trust somewhere. I can’t solve it and so I’m trying to believe that the government will do that which is right because they are ministers of God for righteousness sake.
North Carolina Pastor Mike Jones claimed images of children in detention centers were not real:
I don’t believe it. I think it’s all a big lie. Like I said, I don’t think that’s happening. I don’t think that the people who are so-called being separated are what the news is portraying them to be.
North Carolina Pastor Mike Purdue blamed the parents for the imprisonment of the children:
It’s the parents, the parents who bring their children to the border to violate the law.
Ruhle later told MSNBC’s Willie Geist that she brought up Trump’s history of immorality with one of the pastors, who defended Trump again:
And he stopped me and said, ‘But in the end, God wanted him to be president and it’s God’s will and we have to give the president a pass. And he felt like many others — you don’t criticize God, you shouldn’t criticize our leaders. So for someone like me, sitting across [from the pastor], I was shocked to hear that.
(Source: MSNBC via YouTube)