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Priest behind viral anti-Trump blog warns president may be 'God’s judgement on America'

Chris Riotta The IndependentFebruary 26, 2020
 
Photo courtesy Thomas McKenzie
Photo courtesy Thomas McKenzie

Thomas McKenzie used to keep his political beliefs outside the doors of his church in Tennessee — until Donald Trump came along, and forced the evangelical Christian to make a difficult choice.

The Nashville priest felt compelled to speak out about the reality TV star and real estate mogul who, at the time, was expected to dominate the Republican primaries on Super Tuesday in 2016. Doing so would likely alienate a significant number of his parishioners in the solidly Republican state, but Mr McKenzie saw a threat in Mr Trump of biblical proportions.

He ultimately decided to publish a blog post on his church’s website, nearly a week before voters flocked to the polls on Super Tuesday, about the surging Republican candidate. The post was uncharacteristically titled: “This Isn’t Funny Anymore: Why I’m Voting Against Donald Trump.”

“I’m writing this before Super Tuesday, before anyone is the nominee of either party,” he wrote at the time. “There is an issue I have decided I need to say something about. And that issue is Donald Trump. I oppose his election as President, and believe that any other candidate now running, from either party, would make a better President. I believe his election would be dangerous to our country, and to the Church.”

Mr McKenzie said he thought a couple hundred people might possibly read his words, but the piece received over one million page views. He caused such a stir, in fact, that the priest's blog post was one of the most engaged with on social media last Super Tuesday, according to NewsWhip data.

In a follow-up interview with Mr McKenzie nearly a week before Super Tuesday 2020, the priest told The Independent that Mr Trump “is worse than I expected” as president, while warning of potentially-irreversible damage to both the country and the Church if he was to be re-elected come November.

“I’m shocked by his utter disregard for human rights, civil rights, his misogyny, his racism, oh my Gosh, the way he treats people coming from South America,” the priest said. “If he were more competent, I’d be even more worried. If he was a competent person, he might actually be a dictator.”

Thomas McKenzie wrote in his blog post that Donald Trump 'holds and proclaims racist, sexist, and violent attitudes that are in direct opposition to the Christian message.'
Thomas McKenzie wrote in his blog post that Donald Trump 'holds and proclaims racist, sexist, and violent attitudes that are in direct opposition to the Christian message.'

Mr McKenzie didn’t do much press after his blog post went viral — after all, that was never the intention. He didn’t become a pundit for MSNBC or CNN, and the politically-infused posts virtually stopped immediately after his first one caused backlash. The priest did, however, write an automated response to a wave of emails he received about the post, writing: “Interestingly enough, almost none of the e-mails I’ve received from Trump supporters have tried to refute what I wrote.”

“They’ve been attacking my character; and/or they’ve been accusing me of being pro-choice, pro-illegal immigration, pro-Hillarious, pro-terrorist, pro-socialist, pro-whatever,” he added. “Some things I’ve received have been down-right vile. This has not done much to persuade me that Mr. Trump is not a demagogue. Fear and anger seems to be the main message I’m receiving from his supporters.”

Despite his best attempts to once again separate politics from religion, Mr McKenzie said the Trump era has made that all but impossible.

The priest lost a close friend “very surprisingly” following Mr Trump’s election, he said, and numerous parishioners left the church over the blog post he wrote.

“It cost me personally, it probably cost the church economically,” he said, adding: “I do everything in my power to be as generous, and as balanced as I possibly can, especially in public … certainly from the pulpit.”

There are times, Mr McKenzie said, when his sermons have seemingly caused political tension, even when he was not discussing politics at all.

 

“Even if I say the words ‘truth matters’, which, as a Christian, of course truth matters … some people are going to be like, ‘oh, that’s coded language about the president,’” he said. “So that’s terrifying. And, I don’t know, maybe sometimes they’re right. Maybe I am talking about the president.”

Mr McKenzie said he may have been “overly concerned” about how Mr Trump would act on the world stage back in 2016, adding: “He hasn’t nuked Tehran, so I’ll give him points for not starting a nuclear conflagration.”

But he said that he stood by his blog post, and was planning on voting for anyone who wins the Democratic nomination in 2020 — whether that be someone as progressive as Bernie Sanders, or the former vice president, Joe Biden. The priest said his decision came down to protecting the country for future generations.

“I think you can tell what the rest of his presidency will look like since his impeachment,” he said. “He has been more belligerent, if that’s possible. He seems completely unleashed at this point, he’s going to hurt his enemies, bring in people who are sycophants to do his bidding, which will only make things worse for the country.”

Mr McKenzie added: “It makes things bad for the church as people associate Christianity with him. There is nothing about him that makes me believe he’s a Christian in any meaningful way, but he associates with Christianity, and some of us associate with him — which, in turn, makes us look terrible.”

Asked whether the priest would write another blog post ahead of Super Tuesday, he responded “probably not” and said there was “too much noise” to have any sort of impact ahead of the crucial vote.

“God is not out to make every country ‘great,’” he said. “It may be that Trump is God’s judgement on America, and that’s what we’re experiencing. I hope not, but it could be.

 

https://news.yahoo.com/priest-behind-viral-anti-trump-161433080.html?.tsrc=jtc_news_index

 

GO RV, then BV

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I have had this same thought... America is the most prosperous nation in history. And chooses to spend it's wealth on endless wars, corruption, and greed. As of late, turning it's back on humanity, promoting liars and cheats. Perhaps God's ideals are not being met and it could be time for a change... Those who believe Trump would be God's choice to serve mankind need to reevaluate their understanding of his teachings. JMHO

 

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I see the neg brigade has shown up, so I ask what part of my statement isn't the truth?

 

Do we not spend trillions on endless wars?

Are we not seeing corruption running rampant?

Is greed not a problem?

Are we not turning our backs on the impoverished?

Do we not hail those who lie?

Has cheating not become the norm?

 

Anyone?

 

B/A

 

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19 minutes ago, markb57 said:

BA, when Trump tried to pull out of Syria the Dems screamed! The same for Afganistan. So, who is for the endless wars?

This so called Satanic priest needed to be publicly flogged.

 

So for the evangelical Priest expressing his thoughts that present Trump in a negative light he should be deemed "Satanic" and therefore tied to a post and publicly whipped (flogged)?......Is that what you're suggesting?  :blink:

 

GO RV, then BV

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One would think that any Holy Man, in any Church setting, would be smart enough to stay out of Politics.......realizing half the flock would likely be offended........(heck this guy could learn a great deal from @adam montana  )

 

Additionally the Christian Bible states believers should obey the laws, and pray for the leaders.....perhaps this Priest isn't one of the best of the rest........    CL

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8 minutes ago, coorslite21 said:

One would think that any Holy Man, in any Church setting, would be smart enough to stay out of Politics.......realizing half the flock would likely be offended........(heck this guy could learn a great deal from @adam montana  )

 

Additionally the Christian Bible states believers should obey the laws, and pray for the leaders.....perhaps this Priest isn't one of the best of the rest........    CL

 

I didn't see anywhere in the article where it stated he doesn't pray for Trump.....Now, it does state he doesn't delve into politics from the pulpit....he merely started a blog and expressed his opinions.  You know, it hasn't stopped many religious leaders from laying their healing hands on Donald...perhaps their act alienated half their flocks as well.

 

GO RV, then BV

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Just now, Shabibilicious said:

 

I didn't see anywhere in the article where it stated he doesn't pray for Trump.....Now, it does state he doesn't delve into politics from the pulpit....he merely started a blog and expressed his opinions.

 

GO RV, then BV

 

Perhaps he was confused like Biden was yesterday .....telling the crowd he was running for the Senate....

 

Perhaps this Priest has confused himself as Amish....after all....the the flock wouldn't have access to the technology to follow a blog...

CL 

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12 minutes ago, coorslite21 said:

One would think that any Holy Man, in any Church setting, would be smart enough to stay out of Politics.

 

One would think..... But as we know on both sides of the aisle, churches endorse to fire up their flocks and get more money... Because as we know also know, the church has become a business... I guess one could say, it's always been a business...

 

B/A

 

 

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53 minutes ago, markb57 said:

BA, when Trump tried to pull out of Syria the Dems screamed! The same for Afganistan. So, who is for the endless wars?

This so called Satanic priest needed to be publicly flogged.

 

Who put us in Syria? Afghanistan? Iraq? And rest of the war profiteer's business??? Not God, I can tell you that. If you seriously believe Trump is a man of God, then your definition is different than mine.

 

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3 minutes ago, markb57 said:

BA, again, you ignored the first 2 lines of the post

 

I hope your preacher isn't telling his flock who to vote for... My church thankfully would find a new preacher, I can tell you that. I don't agree with this priest or any preacher bringing politics into their service. JMHO

 

B/A

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1 minute ago, markb57 said:

ok, so you chose to ignore and talk around my post, I chose to ignore you...

 

Mark I don't know what you want me to reply to... Trump trying to get out of war??? Didn't he just send more troops to war? Wasn't it conservatives who screamed about Obama reducing troops for fear of more terror?

 

B/A

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8 minutes ago, coorslite21 said:

 

Perhaps he was confused like Biden was yesterday .....telling the crowd he was running for the Senate....

 

Perhaps this Priest has confused himself as Amish....after all....the the flock wouldn't have access to the technology to follow a blog...

CL 

 

I would say confusion on his part is definitely a possibility....except everything he said about Trump has proven time and again to be spot on.  So there must be some other way to denigrate him as a man of the cloth.  As always, just my opinion.   

 

GO RV, then BV

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8 minutes ago, Shabibilicious said:

 

I would say confusion on his part is definitely a possibility....except everything he said about Trump has proven time and again to be spot on.  So there must be some other way to denigrate him as a man of the cloth.  As always, just my opinion.   

 

GO RV, then BV

 

In all walks of life.....there is good and bad......even in the case of "Men of the Cloth"......

 

In all walks of life there is smart and dumb.......or good and bad judgement.....

 

All I am saying is this individual.....in his position....might be better off playing the neutral card......for the sake of who, and what, he represents....     JMO.    CL

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13 minutes ago, bostonangler said:

 

Mark I don't know what you want me to reply to... Trump trying to get out of war??? Didn't he just send more troops to war? Wasn't it conservatives who screamed about Obama reducing troops for fear of more terror?

 

B/A

ok, we're talking about Trump. Trump didn't get us into any wars. He has tried to pull us out of wars and the dems go nuts.

 

and as far as flogging the priest. ok, maybe a bit extreme. I am tired of these churches using the pulpit to influence their flock on who to vote for and that is what this priest is doing. I would love to have words with this priest.

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3 minutes ago, markb57 said:

and as far as flogging the priest. ok, maybe a bit extreme. I am tired of these churches using the pulpit to influence their flock on who to vote for and that is what this priest is doing. I would love to have words with this priest.

 

The Falwells, Jessie Jackson,  and Al Sharpton make their livings doing just that.  As always, just my opinion.

 

GO RV, then BV

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13 minutes ago, coorslite21 said:

 

In all walks of life.....there is good and bad......even in the case of "Men of the Cloth"......

 

In all walks of life there is smart and dumb.......or good and bad judgement.....

 

All I am saying is this individual.....in his position....might be better off playing the neutral card......for the sake of who, and what, he represents....     JMO.    CL

 

I agree.....I give this priest credit for speaking his truth, knowing the consequences that were sure to follow.....took spiritual courage and most certainly God's guidance for him to step up. 

 

GO RV, then BV

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