The religious right would have you believe that all the opposition to Donald Trump isn’t driven by his blatant lying and his open war with the media. Nope, it’s being driven by witchcraft and demonic forces.
For the better part of the last two months, leading fundies have spoken in code to warn any evangelicals who regret backing Trump that they risk being played by the devil and breaking divine law if they turn against Trump. After all, Trump is supposedly carrying out God’s plan for America. Now, one of the main religious right leaders peddling this line, Lance Wallnau, wants his followers to join him in prayer so that Trump can have the strength to destroy those seeking to undermine him.
Wallnau is one of the leading voices of the New Apostolic Reformation, an overtly fascist offshoot of the religious right that believes it can bring about the Second Coming by taking over the world. He was also one of the earliest religious right leaders to come around to Trump, in part because he believes Trump will help them carry out the “Seven Mountains strategy”–an effort to take over the forces that influence our culture and pave the way for Jesus’ return. Earlier this month, Wallnau claimed that one of those mountains, the media, was using witchcraft to turn Americans against Trump.
On Thursday night, Wallnau took to Periscope to call his followers to action. Specifically, to begin the effort to shift the momentum Trump’s way, through prayer. People for the American Way’s Right Wing Watch got a clip.
Wallnau noted that this coming weekend coincides with the Jewish observance of Purim, the festival that commemorates the derailing of a planned pogrom of Jews living in the Persian Empire. He fasted from food for most of Thursday in order to lift up Trump “above the sabotaging, sniping, and snarling bite” of the media “deep state bureaucrats” in the CIA, FBI, State Department, and other government agencies who are holdovers from the Obama era. The goal? Wallnau wants to see God “turn the tables” on those seeking to “embarrass and frustrate, expose, hinder, and accuse” Trump.
But then Wallnau went off the deep end. He claimed that effort was responsible for the ouster of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn over his contacts with Russia, as well as the scrutiny surrounding Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ contacts with the Kremlin. Incredibly, he claimed that someone wiretapped Flynn at Trump Tower, and implied that someone wiretapped Sessions’ conversations as well. Wallnau claims–with a straight face–Trump ranted about Trump Tower being wiretapped, he was calling for an investigation into who leaked the reports of Flynn and Sessions’ contacts.
It got even worse from there. Wallnau believes that it is appropriate this effort coincides with the feast of Purim. During that time, Queen Esther rallied the Jews to pray and fast for protection from the Persian viceroy Haman and his plan to slaughter them all. He believed that “there is a spirit” driving the opposition to Trump. Unless I’m very wrong, he was implying that it was the same spirit that motivated Haman to plan his bloodbath. Eventually, Wallnau said, if his followers pray hard enough, the balance would shift back toward “the purposes of God”–and it would result in “a negative brand” being attached to the “pissed-off progressives.”
For those who don’t recall the story of Purim, once Esther told her husband, the king of Persia, what Haman was planning, the king ordered Haman hanged on the gallows he’d built for one of the Jewish leaders, Mordecai. The king then allowed Esther and Mordecai to write a decree that allowed Jews to preemptively kill anyone they saw as a potential risk. Eventually, several thousand enemies of the Jews were wiped out.
Unless I’m very wrong here, Wallnau was speaking in code. He seems to be hoping that Trump’s opponents are destroyed in the same manner. That should send a chill down anyone’s spine.
This was seemingly confirmed later in the broadcast, when Wallnau led his followers in prayer. He thanked God that “the plot is being exposed in Washington” just like Haman’s plot had been exposed. He prayed that God’s eyes “look directly ahead” to “the comedians that mock, the news that is fake” and others opposing Trump–and that they fall into “the pit that they’ve dug” for Trump. He also prayed for “a sudden seizing” in the media, and asked God to “put your people in the gates of influence.” The message was obvious–he sees an opportunity to take the “mountain” of the media.
Some of Wallnau’s followers understood exactly what he was saying. Here’s a sample of some of the comments.
“They are coming down! Save them if possible but if not Lord, remove.”
“shut up the mouths of the lions”
“Yes, if they resist the Grace that has been offered, they will be publicly hung”
“shut up the mouth of the accusers”
“Yes Lord! They gotta go they gotta go”
“May the enemy fall into their own traps”
“Yes! Jesus! Turn the tables on the Hamans! Let them hang on their own gallows that they set up”
This, ladies and gentlemen, is exactly how Wallnau and his followers talk in their unguarded moments–or, at least, when they think no one is watching.
But here’s a news flash–we are watching. And we won’t forget. When Trump is impeached, defeated for reelection, forced to resign, or is removed via the 25th Amendment, this screed will be one of many reasons that Wallnau and the rest of the religious right will go down with him.
(featured image courtesy Wallnau’s Facebook)