Joy Reid of MSNBC used the last few minutes of her Monday night show to criticize white evangelical conservative Christians viciously.
Reid started by attacking Republicans like Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado and Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, who went after companies that turned a blind eye to China’s concentration camps but opposed Georgia’s new legislation on election integrity.
“I’ve decided to “identify” as Chinese. Coke will like me, Delta will agree with my “values” and I’ll probably get shoes from Nike & tickets to @MLB games. Ain’t America great?” Huckabee wrote.
I’ve decided to “identify” as Chinese. Coke will like me, Delta will agree with my “values” and I’ll probably get shoes from Nike & tickets to @MLB games. Ain’t America great?
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) April 3, 2021
Huckabee singled out businesses that have spoken out against SB 202 or the Election Integrity Act of 2021. This bill sought to fight against voter fraud by overhauling almost every aspect of the state’s voting and election system. But under Reid’s narration, Huckabee’s tweet was turned into something cruel.
“Perfect. I mean that pretty much sums up what Christian right Twitter looked like Easter weekend. Anti-Asian racism, accusations of heresy straight out of the Inquisition era, and fire alarm Jesus rising from the ashes of burnt Dr. Seuss books,” Reid said.
Anthea Butler, an associate professor of religious studies at the University of Pennsylvania, was Reid’s guest on the show. Together the pair ranted about how conservative evangelical Christians didn’t care about morality because they voted for Trump; all they wanted is “power”.
Butler argued: “Morality is a shield for evangelicals to get power.” Reid said that, unlike Jesus, the religious right would not care for the “poor and refugees,” but rather about themselves.
“They have forgotten that Jesus said to mend the weak and the brokenhearted,” Butler said, “they don’t care about anyone else except themselves, so they won’t get vaccinated, they won’t do anything that helps their fellow man. I think they have forgotten the golden rule….This is a 200 year history of what Evangelicals have done.”
The MSNBC host blamed evangelicals for creating a public health crisis by refusing to get vaccinated, while Butler predicted mass funerals in “selfish” Christian churches where there were no masks. She called conservatives “racist” for saying COVID-19 originated from China.
Reid ended the interview by lamenting “what it means” that “right-wing Christians” now control the Supreme Court. Butler recommended that the Biden government fill the court with evangelicals, fearing that they would not stop until they had total control.
In the 2016 election, President Trump garnered 80 percent of the evangelical Christian votes, and their numbers were substantial, as almost a quarter of the 2016 electorate consisted of faith-based voters, according to exit polling.
Many voters in 2016 backed other Republican presidential candidates throughout the primaries, right up until Election Day. Still, Trump gained the respect of many conservatives since his inauguration with his pro-life and religious freedom agenda and the support he has given to Israel.