As Evangelicals continue their unflinching support for Trump, Rudy Giuliani has at last said something that rings true with these “Christians.” According to a Washington Post story 45’s lawyer declared, “Truth isn’t truth.” This was regarding the Russia probe, something that would’ve led to the ouster of any real president by now. We’re all used to Trump’s constant state of obfuscation after all these long months, and the former mayor of New York has just come clean—truth is what we want it to be, no more, no less. It is a meaningless word, a chimera. If the son of god in the White House has broken the law (and he has) then the truth is there’s no law to be broken. Democracy is just a made-up word in the hands of the Republican Party.
Now, I don’t have much truck with politicians. Leopards, according to a certain book, can’t change their spots. Nevertheless, Evangelicals should object to Giuliani’s direct assault on their sacred text. The Good Book, you see, is all about “the truth.” But the truth isn’t the truth. When it claims that Jesus died to atone for your sins, that can’t be the truth because the truth isn’t. The only truth is what Trump personally wants. And the GOP won’t lift a finger to stop him. Long ago it was clear that the party of Lincoln had abandoned the will of the people they’re elected to lead, but if there were truth we’d see the deep, stinking muck of corruption everywhere within its doors. At least you’d expect the neat and clean Christians to object.
A certain man about two millennia ago said, according to the Book, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” But Rudy says “Truth isn’t truth.” The Beatles said they were more popular than Jesus and the public revolted. Rudy says Trump has more authority than Jesus and the Evangelicals cheer. The capacity for untruth has always been part of politics. Most politicians know to lie discreetly, when fact-checking will reveal some ambiguity. Now the gospel-truth is whatever comes from the unholy mouth of Trump. There is no truth. There are alternative facts. There’s fake news. Surely the Prince of Peace wouldn’t have cancelled a military parade. Meanwhile someone once said “the truth will set you free.” The great Giuliani has informed us, however, that there is no truth. And if truth isn’t truth, there’s no hope of freedom. At least according to a guy named Jesus, whoever he may be.