JUST NOW: Jerry Falwell Jr. says he spoke with Trump last night, says Trump gave him evidence what women have said didn't happen. pic.twitter.com/kp0Fyf0Moy
— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) October 13, 2016
As some of us remember all too well, Jerry Falwell Senior made a great profit for himself and his Liberty University project by embracing Ronald Reagan’s most thuggish social policies as the mouthpiece of his very own “Moral Majority“. Now, just as Trump’s campaign has managed to permanently damage the (undeserved) reputations of a number of Reagan-era political holdovers, it looks like he’s going to bang up some of the Religious Reicht’s most valuable second-gen players on his way to flaming out.
From the Washington Post, “Liberty University students protest association with Trump“:
Students at Liberty University have issued a statement against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as young conservatives at colleges across the state reconsider support for his campaign.
A statement issued late Wednesday by the group Liberty United Against Trump strongly rebuked the candidate as well as the school’s president, Jerry Falwell Jr., for defending Trump after he made extremely lewd comments about women in a 2005 video. The students wrote that Falwell’s support for Trump had cast a stain on the school’s reputation.
“We are Liberty students who are disappointed with President Falwell’s endorsement and are tired of being associated with one of the worst presidential candidates in American history,” the statement said. “Donald Trump does not represent our values and we want nothing to do with him. … He has made his name by maligning others and bragging about his sins. Not only is Donald Trump a bad candidate for president, he is actively promoting the very things that we as Christians ought to oppose.”…
Outrageously proud of the Liberty students who just came out against Falwell Jr.'s Trump support. Dissent is not easy there. pic.twitter.com/UvSNNOPCBS
— Kevin Roose (@kevinroose) October 13, 2016
If you go to a religious college that backs Donald Trump, I think they owe you your tuition back.
— Bob Schooley (@Rschooley) October 13, 2016
Paul Ryan attempted to faith-shame Clinton staffers, got rebuked by actual practicing Catholics:
Paul Ryan accuses Clinton camp's Palmieri, who is Catholic, of "bigoted" views, bc of comments from someone else, wrongly attributed to her pic.twitter.com/b1OxcHczzc
— Abby D. Phillip (@abbydphillip) October 12, 2016
This is because Paul Ryan is not honest and is willing to smear JP in order to elect someone who brags about assault https://t.co/2DbCA5X00e
— Jamison Foser (@jamisonfoser) October 12, 2016
Mr. Pierce, at Esquire:
… In truth, there was throughout the last two decades of the 20th century an attempt by conservative Catholics to ally themselves with the most politically active splinter of American Protestantism, which was at that point only about 15 years removed from calling the Pope “the whore of Babylon.” This alliance made no theological sense, of course. But the groups shared a certain attitude toward ladyparts and the ladies who have them that made them kindred spirits…
It was this, I believe, this sort of Catholic white-nationalism that Palmieri and Halpin were addressing, albeit in a clumsy way, and if high-rent Catholics are going to play these games in the political arena, it is not being anti-Catholic at all to talk about what a crock of beans they all are.
This has not stopped the usual suspects from bellowing about the sudden pain in their fee-fees. Josh Marshall’s joint has a good roundup of the professionally outraged…
In illustration of which, Ross Doubthat, NYTimes pundit, tries to navigate between his desire to be seen as a serious well-read intellectual and his terror of Sex Cooties, and gets the opprobrium he so richly deserves:
@jbouie What is the state-sanctioned racial violence that a Trump victory would usher in? Nationwide stop-and-frisk, or something worse?
— Ross Douthat (@DouthatNYT) October 12, 2016
— Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie) October 12, 2016
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) October 12, 2016
— Ross Douthat (@DouthatNYT) October 12, 2016
If you don't fear for the suffering of the innocent unless they're Catholic you aren't Catholic by any conventional definition https://t.co/766DOBhcvy
— Will Caskey (@WillCaskey) October 12, 2016
— At Les (@AtLes69) October 12, 2016
If you care whether/in what ways Douthat is generally wrong RE Catholicism & the Church, you might want to check out @MassimoFaggioli’s TL
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) October 13, 2016