Perhaps for the first time in four years, 45 is beginning to see people are unhappy. Very unhappy. The pontiff—excuse me—president wanted a photo-op with the Good Book at a nearby Episcopal Church and had crowds of protesters tear-gassed so the he could make himself look righteous. My wife pointed out that this was an example of the Bible as a Ding, and she was right. (If you don’t get the reference, it’s explained in Holy Horror.) Moreover, it is a clear abuse of power. Not only have thousands of Americans been needlessly dying from COVID-19, the violence against African Americans is caught time and again on police body-cams. People are rightfully protesting and the racist-in-chief doesn’t like it.
With echoes of Tiananmen Square he’s now threatening to send the military against protestors. It’s far easier to strike out at people while holding a Bible in your hand than it is to learn empathy. We’ve been isolating and masking ourselves for over two months now and not one word of sympathy has come from the White House incumbent. Instead of trying to calm racial unrest, he tweets to conquer, not realizing that divide and conquer is meant to be used against enemies of your nation, not your own people. Never had we had a president who has so openly played favorites and made not even a pretense of being a leader for the entire country. He is a figurehead of his base only, which is, it seems to me, a violation of the oath he swore on that selfsame Bible not even four years ago.
Pandering to such a Ding is an abuse of Holy Writ. After unrest over George Floyd’s murder had entered its third night the response from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue was silence. How far is it from here to Tiananmen Square? Is it not possible to admit error and realize that the economy is going like the Titanic’s maiden voyage and just about everyone knows someone who’s died because of the virus or who’s been racially profiled by one of the “good people on both sides”? No, grab the Bible and clear the rabble who won’t shout “Hosannah” when he rides his ass outside a church whose door he’s seldom darkened to show his base he really is a Bible-reading man. Was this some bizarre parody of Jesus clearing the temple or just a mockery of the man who said “By their fruits you will know them”? There’s only one answer to that. How different the world would be if Bible-believers actually read the book they love to thump.