Once again Donald Trump is making even nonreligious people say, “Oh, my God.”
The words “chosen one” have a specific meaning with Trump’s base of evangelical voters, but ordinarily a comment like that might seem benign since it was referring to a trade war, not a religious one.
However, the president blurred things by looking at the heavens as he said it.
Also, the self-praising comment came hours after Trump thanked right-wing conspiracy theorist Wayne Allyn Root for saying the Jewish people considered him both the “king of Israel” and the “second coming of God” on a call-in show on Newsmax.tv Tuesday evening.
Conspiracy theorist and notorious crank Wayne Allyn Root made the comment about American and Israeli Jews that President Trump just tweeted on his Newsmax show last night. pic.twitter.com/jrtRXFlUc0— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) August 21, 2019
The president liked Root’s comments so much, he quoted them in a three-tweet thread:
“Thank you to Wayne Allyn Root for the very nice words. “President Trump is the greatest President for Jews and for Israel in the history of the world, not just America, he is the best President for Israel in the history of the world...and the Jewish people in Israel love him....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 21, 2019
....like he’s the King of Israel. They love him like he is the second coming of God...But American Jews don’t know him or like him. They don’t even know what they’re doing or saying anymore. It makes no sense! But that’s OK, if he keeps doing what he’s doing, he’s good for.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 21, 2019
As a result, both #chosenone and #antichrist became trending terms on Twitter.
And, of course, Twitter users had strong reactions:
Note to white evangelical Christians who might be confused: Donald Trump is not the chosen one. Trust me on this one.— Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie (@RevChuckCurrie) August 21, 2019
“Antichrist” is trending and somewhere Kirk Cameron is calling his agent hoping to revive those Left Behind books movies. https://t.co/8umr2KoxkP— Emerson Collins (@ActuallyEmerson) August 21, 2019
Just another normal day. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, Antichrist is currently the number 1 trending topic on twitter because Trump called himself “the chosen one” and quoted someone who referred to him the “King of Israel”. 😂🤷🏻♂️— Nick Bolton (@NickBolton13) August 21, 2019
A person: "I am the Chosen One. I am the Second Coming of God. I am the King of Israel."— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) August 21, 2019
On the left, sane people's reaction.
On the right, the @GOP reaction. If the person is Trump. pic.twitter.com/6uO4taXlza
Someone should tell the new "King of the Jews" that Jesus "King of the Jews" Christ was an immigrant that was counted in the census. #AntiChrist— Lizz #AbortionAF Winstead (@lizzwinstead) August 21, 2019
ideally, you want the King of the Jews and the guy who literally called Nazis "very fine people" to be two different people— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) August 21, 2019
One person suggested that people who might think Trump is the actual “chosen one” mentioned in the Bible read the Good Book first.
I really, really, really, really wish that Evangelicals would read their Bibles. 2 Thessalonians 2:3-10 describes the Man of Sin, who will deceive with signs and wonders (see Matthew 24:24) and proclaim himself God / King of the Jews / King of Israel. #Antichrist pic.twitter.com/Znv939Bcm6— Thomas Connor (@Thomas_Connor) August 21, 2019
Then there was the guy who suggested the confluence of trending terms could only mean one thing.
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