As of yesterday, the House of Representatives has formally impeached Trump. And of course, there’s been plenty of backlash in response.

Two incidents of backlash that I want to focus on here are a horrible comment made against the late Representative John Dingell of Michigan by Trump himself, and an analogy drawn between Trump and Jesus by a Republican representative.

Malice

I shouldn’t let myself get shocked by anything Trump says at this point, but the cruelty in his recent remarks following the House impeachment stunned me.

“Trump complained that Debbie Dingell had joined her Democratic colleagues in voting for impeachment despite the fact that he gave “A-plus treatment” to John Dingell during his memorial services. Trump had ordered the flags to be lowered at half-staff at the time of John Dingell’s death.
“She calls me up. ‘That’s the nicest thing that ever happened. Thank you so much. John would be so thrilled. He’s looking down. He’d be so thrilled,'” Trump said, quoting the congresswoman.

“Maybe he’s looking up. I don’t know. … But let’s assume he’s looking down,” he added. “But let’s assume he’s looking down.”‘

“She calls me up. ‘That’s the nicest thing that ever happened. Thank you so much. John would be so thrilled. He’s looking down. He’d be so thrilled,'” Trump said, quoting the congresswoman.

“Maybe he’s looking up. I don’t know. … But let’s assume he’s looking down,” he added. “But let’s assume he’s looking down.”‘

Trump, out of malice towards Ms. Dingell after learning that she was one of the Representatives who voted to impeach him, spitefully suggested that her late husband watched these events unfold looking up from Hell.

What a wonderful Christian leader we have!

Trump is either unaware of or blatantly ignoring the Bible verses that dictate the need to protect widows, known even in Biblical times as a vulnerable portion of the community.

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” (James 1:27)

“A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.” (Psalm 68:5)

This really shouldn’t have to be said at all, but there’s obviously no honor in Trump’s remarks against Ms. Dingell and her late husband. Also, she wasn’t obligated whatsoever to defend Trump over the Constitution that, as evidence has made plain, he knowingly violated.

Analogy

Now then, let’s discuss this Jesus and Trump comparison. Rep. Barry Loudermilk of Georgia compared the accusations made against Trump to how Jesus was handled before Pilate. Loudermilk inferred that between the two, Jesus was handled with more fairness than Trump.

‘“When Jesus was falsely accused of treason, Pontius Pilate gave Jesus the opportunity to face his accusers,” said Loudermilk, who represents Georgia’s 11th congressional district. “During that sham trial, Pontius Pilate afforded more rights to Jesus than the Democrats have afforded this President in this process.”’

Although Trump himself wasn’t able to make a personal appearance before the House to testify, the evidence against him has already condemned him. That, and Trump is by no means a martyr just because he’s been put on trial.

Jesus was unfairly and wrongly accused of crimes he didn’t commit because the Pharisees were so desperate to have him killed. Trump, on the other hand, has been correctly convicted of abuses of executive power, and is being held accountable as he should be. On top of that, while this might be seen as subjective, one could argue that Pilate had more qualms over what he authorized against Jesus than what Trump has maliciously said against his opponents.

End of Complacency

I’m so tired of my fellow Americans constantly defending this man no matter what vile thing he does or says. He’s slandered Greta Thunburg, a minor whose knowledge on global warming he’s constantly mocked; now, he cruelly inferred that a widows late husband is in Hell, solely out of spite because she displeased him. As evidence has already shown up until this point, I already know that so many people here in this country will brush aside his depravity and make even more excuses for him.

On that note, it is to my pleasant surprise to share that Christianity Today, one of the most Evangelical news sites in America, wrote an article today calling for Trump to be removed from office after these recent events. As they noted in their article, future generations will be fully justified to question the integrity of Christians who refused to stop supporting this blatantly corrupt man.

“To the many evangelicals who continue to support Mr. Trump in spite of his blackened moral record, we might say this: Remember who you are and whom you serve. Consider how your justification of Mr. Trump influences your witness to your Lord and Savior. Consider what an unbelieving world will say if you continue to brush off Mr. Trump’s immoral words and behavior in the cause of political expediency. If we don’t reverse course now, will anyone take anything we say about justice and righteousness with any seriousness for decades to come?”

It’s unlikely that the Senate will likewise impeach him. Nonetheless, it’s important that Trump was given a firm reminder that he’s bound by the Constitution, and can’t abuse the power he’s been given. It remains to be seen what might happen next, but for the integrity of this country, we’ve gained a small victory.