The sheer inanity of the accusations being made in the direction of Donald Trump are one thing, but insulting his supporters is something so viscerally upsetting that it would be difficulty to characterize the behavior as patriotic.
Dissent is patriotic, I won’t deny that, but attacking the supporters of the politician with whom you disagree is shallow, self-aggrandizing nonsense that does nothing to move the nation forward.
Yet, still, we find ourselves weathering these storms from all angles, including from inside the 2020 democratic race for the White House.
Former Vice President Joe Biden claimed on Thursday that Christians have made a “Faustian bargain,” with President Donald Trump.
Biden made the claim during an interview with the Indianapolis Star wherein he was asked why Christians, including Vice President Mike Pence, had embraced Trump so thoroughly. Biden responded that Christians had made a Faustian bargain — a term used to describe someone selling their soul — with Trump in exchange for him supporting their socially conservative positions.
Biden wasn’t beating around the bush.
“Look, I think they made a Faustian bargain,” the former vice president said. “And I think the bargain is, as long as you say you’re going to take on the LGBTQ community, as long as you say you’re going to end abortion in any circumstances, as long as you say those things, we will overlook your personal conduct, we will overlook the things you say.”
Biden said he believed it was “a bargain that more and more Christians, quote unquote, are beginning to walk away from” because Trump was testing “the limits” of what was acceptable. The former vice president, who last year claimed that those supporting traditional marriage because of their religion were the “dregs of society,” told the Star the only question remained if Christians would “choose hope over fear” and vote for him.
The “Faustian pact” is a device of folklore in which an individual sells their soul to the devil in exchange for some earthly talent, wealth, or power.
Biden’s assertion is not only offensive to Trump supporters, but especially damning to the President’s large Christian base, for whom the very mention of Faust and his dealings are uncomfortable and uncouth.
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