You just knew that Morning Joe would seek to exploit for maximum political gain the Christianity Today editorial by outgoing editor-in-chief Mark Galli that was highly critical of President Trump. And sure enough . . .
First up today was Never-Trumper Rick Tyler, who praised the editorial for having "overturned the tables of the money changers in the temple courts." In a particularly audacious attack, Tyler claimed that Trump-supporting evangelicals are telling others that "Christianity is sort of a farce. That it's not real. That it's not true."
Next up was Al Sharpton, who approvingly cast the editorial, because it's "exposing all of them that they would take this shameless con man over the principles that they’re preaching. In the holy season as we celebrate Jesus, they would sell Jesus out if they thought they could get something from it," like judicial appointments.
It's always amazing to marvel at the chutzpah of Reverend Sharpton calling out someone else for exploiting their religious bona fides or race-baiting, or being a shameless con man. Holy Tawana Brawley!
Here's the transcript.
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RICK TYLER: Look, what Christianity Today has, they have overturned the tables of the money changers in the temple courts, and they’ve disrupted their business models. And I know that hurts to hear for a lot of people. But a lot of this is about money, because they've raised money off of — off the judge issue, off the life issue.
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But when they’re saying that this is the person that we uphold, that we want to keep as president because we’re getting the things that we want, it destroys your witness. Because what it does is, it tells people who are non-Christians, and non-Christians can be equally as moral as Christians, that Christianity is sort of a farce, that it’s not real, that it’s not true.
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AL SHARPTON: The reason [Trump-supporting evangelicals are] so offended is it’s exposing all of them that they would take this shameless con man 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.