(The Federalist) -- President Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran deal inevitably led to some bizarre shenanigans from the American left. A new staple for the resistance is to find the most tenuous connection possible between evangelicalism and Trump’s latest policy, then use the connection to try to paddle both our naughty bottoms for not being enlightened, kale-eating HuffPosers.
Film director Scott Derrickson tweeted, for example: “The most powerful hidden influence in American politics is the theology of white evangelicals, i.e. Trump’s base. Latest example: withdrawing from the Iran deal. Pop evangelical eschatology (beliefs re Biblical end times prophecy) predicts/requires more Middle East instability.”
The New York Times followed a few days later when Michelle Goldberg characterized the U.S. embassy’s move to Jerusalem as “grotesque.” She writes: “It was a consummation of the cynical alliance between hawkish Jews and Zionist evangelicals who believe that the return of Jews to Israel will usher in the apocalypse and the return of Christ, after which Jews who don’t convert will burn forever.”
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