The Trump supporter I met at a conference said that he had voted for the president four times in the 2016 election, listing the separate counties where he had supposedly gone to the polls. After pausing, he smilingly asserted, “That’s what the Russians taught me.”

 

Three months ago Sarah Huckabee Sanders preached, “I think God calls all of us to fill different roles at different times, and I think that he wanted Donald Trump to become president, and that’s why he’s there.” I immediately thought of I Corinthians 2:11, which in the Bible I received on my tenth birthday states, “For what person knows a man’s thoughts except the spirit of man which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.” I searched further in my Bible, but I could not find anything to support what Sarah Sanders apparently believes—that she is the channel for the Spirit of God. (Of course, we could discuss how to pronounce I Corinthians, but I am afraid too many true believers today would say pronounce it however Donald Trump does.)

The Mueller report shows that Sarah Sanders lied when she said a while back that she talked to countless agents about flagging FBI morale. She has tried to defend this–what shall we call it–sin by saying her statement was spoken in the heat of the moment, even though it was repeated several times, and was not scripted. I am not sure what to make of this inconsistent non sequitur, but I was surprised that she has not just said, “God calls all of us to fill different roles at different times, and at that time He called me to lie to all of you.”

 

 

“I’ve always been a religious bitch, but if that dirty motherfucker believes in God, I’m thinking it over.” Billie Holiday, quoted in Johann Hari, Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs.

 

 

I have heard many “conservatives” discussing the Mueller Report say the “Democrat” party instead of “Democratic.” I don’t know why. Perhaps a four-syllable word is sometimes beyond their capabilities, but if they are going to treat one party this way, they ought to treat the other party similarly. Perhaps we all, instead of saying the Republican party, should say the “Repub” party, pronouncing it with a long “u.”

 

 

The Mueller report is not expected to have much effect on the public’s perceptions of the president. No matter what the news or revelations, his approval and disapproval ratings remain in a narrow band with a majority disapproving and the number approving of him ten, twelve, or fourteen points below that. Trump’s number have hardly shifted since the release of the report, and probably will be about the same at our next election. Commentators have maintained, however, that Trump support is broader than polls indicate because some poll respondents are reluctant to admit to strangers that they support Trump. The last election gave support to this view since Trump got a higher percentage of the vote than polls indicated that he would. While in 2016 there may have been people who were reluctant to admit their support for the unusual, divisive candidate Trump, it seems strange if such reluctance continues even after he become president. What does it say if people are too wary or embarrassed to acknowledge that they support the president? But perhaps the Mueller report indicates why people are at least a bit ashamed for still backing Trump.

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