Trump Calls Christ a Loser
by Hal E. Mooney
Aug. 8, 2016
You can’t say you didn’t see it coming.
First he picked a squawk with the pope.
Then he was having a bad week over his beef with the Muslim family who denounced him at the Democratic convention. Critics called him nuts. His problems continued.
Then he did the unthinkable, he called Jesus Christ “a loser,” adding, “I don’t want my religious figures to fail at life.”
Trump has a history of attacking those he labels failures (like John McCain, captured in Vietnam, Muslims who gave their lives for the USA, or people with disabilities).
Questioned by reporters, who were flabbergasted at his comment, Trump responded to questions which attempted to make sense of his seemingly off-the-robe Jesus remarks.
“…now you take Samson, or even King David, these were winning characters you could be proud of.
“Samson pulled down the temple walls. Jesus only overturned some money changing tables. David bedded his subject, Delilah, but David and Samson lived to talk about their exploits, unlike Jesus, who met a horrible end,” Trump explained.
“King David, although having some rebuke—prospered in the end, as did Job, incidentally,” Trump added.
“But Jesus was a loser,” Trump re-iterated.
Press accounts trumpeted, “Trump Calls Christ a Loser.”
Pope Francis, who may have lost his Trump debate, was at first reluctant to comment, but released a statement, this week saying only, “Jesus did not endorse…[Trump].”
Trump critics were dumbfounded by the Pope-Trump exchange. Some thought Trump had stood up to the Pope, “telling truth to power,” as one supporter noted.
That the Pope—through his spokesman—had, reportedly, excommunicated the [so-called] Donald, thus ending the dynamic duo’s debate, was perhaps the last straw that broke the Camel’s back, according to Media analysts.
Trump is a Calvinist (predestination) Presbyterian and has said many times, “for the record” that he was “predestined to be a winner, and the rest of you, losers.”
“No one could have anticipated that Trump would jettison Jesus to the loser bin of history,” said the Rev. Archibald Leach, president of College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri, an influential Presbyterian college, adding, “isn’t that why we love Jesus, that he lost his life to save ours?”
Trump’s Jesus-critique was at first seen as pro-Israel, but Israeli president Benjamin Netanyahu commented, yesterday, that “although Israelis were not Christians–considering Jesus a minor prophet, at best–they would “hardly call him a loser.”
“With friends like Trump, who needs him…” Netanyahu spluttered.
Marvin Nathan, National Chairman of the Anti-Defamation League, founded more than 100 years ago, told reporters that, “Jews, who have suffered centuries of anti-semitism, sympathize with Christians’ pain over Trump’s latest mis-conduct while seeking an office for which he is, ipso-facto, disqualified from. What next, Moses Was a Moron?”