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Tucker Carlson: Trump Is Supported By Evangelicals Because He Has Made It Clear He Will Protect Christians

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Tucker Carlson delivers commentary on Democratic party faith leaders such as Al Sharpton condemning evangelical Trump supporters. Carlson said whatever his flaws, President Donald Trump has made it clear he is not the enemy of Christians and will protect them.

TUCKER CARLSON, FOX: Merry Christmas week and this time of year you might have faith on the mind. What does a sincere and faithful Christian look like to you? How about a narcissistic former McKinsey consultant who passionately supports late-term abortion? Is that the image you conjured in your mind's eye? Probably not. But looks can apparently deceive because Mayor Pete Buttigieg says he is exactly that, a faithful Christian. Indeed, Buttigieg claims to be so faithful that he literally knows which political party God supports.

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Pete Buttigieg: It is by no means true that Christian faith or any faith requires you to be a Republican, especially in these times. And so-called conservative Christian senators right now in the Senate are blocking a bill to raise the minimum wage when scripture says that whoever oppresses the poor taunts their maker. It's also important that we stop seeing religion used as a kind of cudgel, as if God belonged to a political party. And if he did, I can't imagine it would be the one that sent the current president into the White House.

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Tucker Carlson: Ooh. He's a preachy little guy, isn't he? Pretty funny. The best part is Pete Buttigieg is likely the most faithful Christian many political reporters have ever met. To them he might as well be St. Paul or Dietrich Bonhoeffer. They've got no clue. They can't tell a difference. They were similarly impressed when the magazine Christianity Today after bashing the Trump administration for not admitting more refugees into the country called for the president to be removed from office for being immoral. Christians, the magazine proclaimed, have a moral duty to align with the party that openly despises Christians. Most actual churches ignore the editorial, of course. But CNN was thrilled. It gave the network a chance to lecture stranded air travelers about the topic they know least about, which of course is Christian theology. Watch as the governor's brother explains to Christian writer Eric Metaxas that real Christians vote Democrat.

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Chris Cuomo: Why get behind a man who makes a mockery of your faith?

Eric Metaxas: I certainly don't think most people that I know do not think he makes a mockery of our faith.

Chris Cuomo: Does he practice any of the things that you think are important for an individual?

Eric Metaxas: Here's what I find interesting, Chris. Most -- [CROSSTALK]

Chris Cuomo: Eric, answer my question.

Eric Metaxas: --- people who are not evangelicals like you.

Chris Cuomo: I'm not an evangelical.

Eric Metaxas: Talk about my faith. Well, let's talk about your faith. You're a Catholic.

Chris Cuomo: Yes.

Eric Metaxas: Does he make a mockery of the Catholic faith?

Chris Cuomo: If he said he were Catholic, yeah, he does.

Eric Metaxas: Okay.

Chris Cuomo: He does not practice humanity. He does not practice decency. He does not love mercy. He is intentionally unkind. He is mean to opponents. He puts himself before the collective. And he doesn't honor his oath. I don't understand how people who believe what you believe get behind somebody who does not.

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Tucker Carlson: Wow. Another preachy one. They're getting preachy on the left. But embedded in that exchange is an interesting and valid question. Why do faithful Christians overwhelmingly support a president who is not himself a faithful Christian? It's a really interesting question and the answer reveals a lot. But of course CNN doesn't actually want to know the answer, perhaps they are implicated in it. So, instead they ridicule and attack, that's what you just saw, was certainly approach over on MSNBC where someone called Linette Lopez came on to explain that church-going evangelicals are actually immoral. Watch.

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Linette Lopez: Evangelical political activity has not always been in line with the teachings of Jesus Christ. And, you know, so it's quite possible that this is an awakening because there are Christians who see the full loyalty of evangelical Christians. They're giving their full loyalty to the president and not to God.

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Tucker Carlson: Uh-huh. In other words, evangelicals are idolaters. Trump is their golden calf and MSNBC has grave concerns about their souls. And if you believe that you'll want to listen very carefully to "Reverend" Al Sharpton as he delivers his sermon on the matter. Watch this.

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Al Sharpton: The reason they're so offended is it's exposing all of them that they would take this shameless conman over the principles that they're preaching in the Holy season as we celebrate Jesus. They would sell Jesus out if they felt they could get something from it is the inference he's saying from his editorial and that's sad on many levels.

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Tucker Carlson: That was Al Sharpton on television denouncing somebody else as a "conman." Ladies and gentlemen, we have reached peak Orwell. You can't get more dishonest than this or more hilarious. Let's hope this brand of insanity dies with 2019. What's going on here? Why all this noise about Christianity? It's not that the left suddenly cares about the Christian faith. In fact, the opposite. America's religious landscape is changing and it's changing fast. According to Pew in 2009, for example, 77 percent of America identified as Christian. Just 10 years later only 65 percent of the country identifies as Christian. The non-religious percentage meanwhile has grown from 17 percent to 26 percent over the same period.

Now, these changes are happening across the political spectrum, but they are profound in the Democratic Party. Just a decade ago Democrats said they were 72 percent Christian. Today, that number is 55 percent. One-third are non-religious. Now, among the party's elite the numbers are much more stark than that. Black voters are still one of this country's most Christian blocks and that's why African Americans are by far the most reasonable and moderate among the voting blocks than democratic coalition by far. Because they're the most religious. But they're not in charge of the Democratic Party, probably unfortunately. The people who are, who are overwhelmingly white and have credentials from the Ivy League, where are they? Well, they're not just irreligious, many of them are aggressively anti-Christian and that may be why they want to force the Catholic Charities, for example, to fund birth control and Catholic hospitals to perform abortions.

Can you imagine? It's why they spent a decade crusading, hassling, Chick-fil-A because it donated to a handful of traditional Christian charities they thought were immoral. Why not just leave them alone? Because they couldn't help themselves because they truly hate, truly hate traditional Christianity. It's why some of their lawmakers openly speculate that judges like Amy Coney Barrett may be ineligible for Supreme Court because she might actually believe in God. So, if you're wondering why so many Christians have been willing to support this president despite his personal lives, this is why. It's because whatever his flaws he's made it clear that he's not the enemy of Christians. In fact, under certain circumstances he will protect Christians.

For people whose values are under assault every day by powerful forces in America, and that's not overstating it, and if you're one of them you know that means everything. It's bad enough to be lectured about Christianity by cable news morons who don't know anything about it. But what's happening in the broader country is much worse than that, much more threatening. The left presumes the right to lecture the people it despises for the sin of not voting for them. Now this may shock some Democrats but most Christians don't actually think they have a religious duty to be destroyed by people who hate them. They don't. Eric Metaxas was the man you saw getting lectured by the governor's brother over on CNN. He's the host of the Eric Metaxas Show. He's written biographies of Martin Luther and Dietrich Bonhoeffer and William Wilberforce, the one I haven't written but I'm sure it's as good as the first two. He's also written the children's book, "Donald Drains the Swamp" and "Donald Builds the Wall."



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