Tony Perkins

Monday evening hate group leader Tony Perkins (Family Research Council) wrote: Dialogue with a Demagogue. He is referring to President Barack Obama. It comes as no surprise given Perkins’ historical connections to the Klan. I will defer to Wikipedia:

A demagogue … is a leader in a democracy who gains popularity by exploiting prejudice and ignorance among the common people, whipping up the passions of the crowd and shutting down reasoned deliberation. Demagogues overturn established customs of political conduct, or promise or threaten to do so.

Who does that describe? President Obama or Trump?

According to Tony (“he deserves a mulligan”) Perkins:

Barack Obama is hitting the campaign trail — and no one could be happier than Republicans! The former president stepped back into the spotlight last Friday, campaigning for a Congress that he spent his entire two terms ignoring. In a speech to University of Illinois students that was equal parts smug and self-righteous, the 44th president’s antagonism was a potent reminder of what voters rejected in 2016. And not a moment too soon.

Smug? Perkins calling someone else “self-righteous?” Really? At least some of those voters are beginning to realize that they made a mistake: President Donald Trump’s approval rating in the latest CNN poll stands at just 36%. That’s a 6-point drop from 42% last month. The man is an unindicted co-conspirator in a felony. He colluded with Russia to manipulate the voters that Perkins is referring to. Yet Perkins calls President Obama antagonistic. Trump tells about seven lies per day. Perkins has yet to criticize any of it. Trump put children in cages with Tony Perkins (good Christian that he pretends to be) cheering him on.

Almost two years to the day that Hillary Clinton gave her fateful “deplorables” speech, Obama proved that Democrats still haven’t learned how to control their contempt for millions of conservative Americans. With a sanctimony that people learned to despise, one of the most polarizing presidents in history had the nerve to lecture Americans on demagoguery. Implying that Trump supporters are “bigots” and “fearmongers,” Obama went on to blame Republicans for tearing the country apart. “…The politics of division and resentment and paranoia has unfortunately found a home in the Republican party,” he said. This from a man who made Middle-America bashing a professional sport in his eight years at the White House. Who dismissed blue-collar patriots “bitter clingers” who turn to religion and guns because they’re too ignorant to know better. Who called political opponents “unpatriotic” or even “craz[y].”

Polarizing? Maybe the black man is polarizing to a hate group leader. According to Gallup: Obama’s First Retrospective Job Approval Rating Is 63%. Given that a segment of the country would never approve of an African-American president, that is quite an accomplishment. As for the former president’s statements in his speeches last week, I think that he was spot on. Donald Trump is attempting to marginalize non-white, non-Christian American citizens. Nothing could be more unpatriotic.

Perkins is going to go down with this ship. Most of us realize — now more than ever — that Donald Trump is not fit to be president. Trump is an amoral narcissist incapable of understanding selfless service. Trump is about Trump. Obama was about the American People — first, last and always!

I am not going to go much further than this but:

Republicans like Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) fired back at the hypocrisy almost immediately, posting, “Pres. Obama is right. It is wrong for a President to use divisive language, such as: 1. Call all opponents of same-sex marriage bigots; 2. Call the Pro-Life movement a ‘War on Women;’ 3. Call all immigration enforcement advocates racists; 4. Call the GOP the enemy of Hispanics.”

Rubio is my junior senator. Every bit of that is baseless hyperbole not at all representative of Obama’s statements. Another bit of BS:

Not content to sit in the shadows and watch Trump rack up victories on the economy, unemployment, trade, and denuclearization, Obama tried desperately to take some credit for the president’s successes.

First of all, Mr. Trump has not accomplished any denuclearization (North Korea has increased its nuclear capabilities since Trump’s photo-op with Kim). As for the economy, President Obama was correct. Obama became president at the height of economic uncertainty. Over the last 19 months of his presidency he oversaw more job growth than Trump has in the 19 months of his presidency.

The former president can talk all he wants about jumpstarting the economy, but the numbers speak louder than any stump speech soundbite. In reality, Barack Obama presided over “the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression.” It was so awful, CBS’s Michael Graham pointed out, that “in August of 2011– two years after the $1 trillion stimulus was passed — the economy added zero jobs.”

Yes, there was exactly one month (August, 2011) of the Obama presidency when no jobs were added:

Unemployment during the Obama presidency

All of that pales in comparison to one simple fact. When President Obama says something you can be pretty confident that it is true. Trump, on the other hand, is a pathological liar appealing to an incurious base.

Tony Perkins is a sanctimonious and greedy hate group leader. If he had an ounce of decency he would expect our president to be a decent person as well. Mr. Trump is an indecent human being and Perkins abets the indecency for his own purposes. Evangelical Christian leaders (not all, but most) have demonstrated hypocrisy that will tarnish them for decades.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.