President Trump’s existence on a moral spectrum that includes hush payments to porn stars alongside proclamations of born-again Christian values has left some of his evangelical supporters nursing a case of cognitive dissonance.
But not Michele Bachmann, a fiery conservative who serves on President Trump’s evangelical advisory panel. A longtime supporter of Trump, Bachmann — whose loud tea party bid for president in 2012 raised the former congresswoman’s national profile — told an end-times radio show this week that Trump was as “biblical” a President as the U.S. was ever going to get.
During the interview with “Understanding the Times,” Bachmann discussed the threat of the “deep state” supposedly operating within the Justice Department — a favorite Trump talking point — and told listeners how they should pray to eradicate the threat: “I pray according to the scripture, which says we need to pray to expose, ask the Lord to expose the hidden deeds of darkness. And he has remarkable ways of doing this, where you can only say it’s the hand of God who exposes the hidden deeds of darkness,” she said.
She then transitioned, suggesting that listeners should believe that God will answer their prayers against the omniscient presence that is supposedly out to get Trump because the Twitter President is a true follower of Christ.
“In my lifetime I have never seen a more biblical president than I have seen in Donald Trump,” Bachmann said later in the program. “He is highly biblical and I would say to your listeners [that] we will, in all likelihood, never see a more godly, biblical president again in our lifetime. So we need to be not only praying for him, we need to support him, in my opinion, in every possible way that we can.”
Far-right evangelical voices like Bachmann and Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. have emerged in the age of Trump as ardent-supporters of a President whom previous generations of evangelicals might consider morally bankrupt, given his penchant for personal insults and mistruths, an unclear stance on abortion and gay marriage pre-presidency and the fact that he paid off a porn star to keep quiet about their alleged affair.