A pastor just defended Trump’s porn star affair. Jake Tapper’s response is epic

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Of all the unsavory political realities the ascension of Trump has blown the lid off, none is quite as hypocritical as the true nature of the Evangelical voting bloc.

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People who claim to practice Christian morality and who blather on and on about “family values” have been all too happy to rally behind a president who has been credibly accused of dozens of sexual assaults, who cheated on his wife multiple times, and who insists on pushing the country closer to new wars with his hawkish rhetoric.

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Nowhere is this bad faith amongst the religious right more apparent than in the recent Stormy Daniels scandal. Religious groups that would have howled at the moon if President Obama had made so much as a vaguely sexual comment are perfectly fine with Trump having an extramarital affair with an adult film star behind Melania’s back shortly after the birth of their son Barron – among a multitude of others.

One particularly egregious example of the rot at the heart of the religious right was put on display by Pastor Greg Locke. An utterly sad excuse for a pastor and even sadder excuse for a human, Locke took to Twitter defend Trump and call Stormy Daniels — real name Stephanie Clifford — “a hooker,” which she is not, and not that there would be anything wrong with that if she was.

The tweet was rightfully met with widespread backlash.

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Now CNN’s Jake Tapper has decided to take Locke to task in the perfect way: by quoting
Biblical passages that show the pastor’s hypocrisy. The passage is from the Gospel of Luke and shows Jesus treating a woman who was a “sinner” with compassion and respect, something Pastor Locke seems incapable of doing.

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Locke responded by saying it was a “great passage” before doubling down on his attack on Stormy Daniels by saying that she shouldn’t be appearing on television and that she is just trying to get attention. He ended by accusing Tapper of drawing issue not with his detestable Stormy Daniels insults, but with his support of Trump.

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Tapper responded by saying he was completely indifferent to Locke’s political positions, and that the takeaway from the Bible passage is simply to not throw stones at others.

Again, Locke refused to admit his mistake and took the Trumpian “fake news” approach by impugning CNN.

This man is a disgrace and no one should take his guidance, spiritual or otherwise, seriously. He is a man who wields the Bible like a weapon when it’s politically convenient for him and ignores it when he doesn’t like what it has to say. Locke represents everything wrong with the religious right.

Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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