By Hemant Mehta
There are a few things Donald Trump does every time he’s in the middle of a scandal. He tries changing the subject on Twitter, goes golfing at one of his resorts, and reminds white evangelical Christians that he and they are permanently entwined.
So after a week of his close associates being found guilty of crimes and his pathetic response to the death of Sen. John McCain, Trump is spending tonight throwing a “state-like” dinner for prominent evangelicals. (It’s unclear when the event was scheduled.)
There is no real purpose to the event, other than honoring “the contributions evangelicals have made to American life.”
What contributions? Homophobia? Permitting sexual abuse within church walls? The assault on science and sex education? The treatment of women as helpmeets (and little else)? The phantom cakes and imaginary floral bouquets they never made for same-sex couples? Looking the other way when Trump brags about assaulting women? Ignoring the affairs he had, including the one shortly after the birth of his fifth child with his third wife?
You know, their moral authority.
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