On a visit to Israel during the Jewish celebration of Purim, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was interviewed by Chris Mitchell from Christian Broadcasting Network and asked about President Trump’s relationship with Israel.
Mitchell asked the secretary of state what CBN calls “an obvious question”, “Could it be that President Trump right now has been sort of raised for such a time as this, just like Queen Esther, to help save the Jewish people from the Iranian menace?”
Pompeo agreed with that suggestion, saying, “As a Christian, I certainly believe that’s possible. He continued, “It was remarkable – so we were down in the tunnels where we could see 3,000 years ago, and 2,000 years ago – if I have the history just right – to see the remarkable history of the faith in this place and the work that our administration’s done to make sure that this democracy in the Middle East, that this Jewish state remains. I am confident that the Lord is at work here.”
Purim marks the Jewish celebration of God saving the Jews in Persia from Haman by raising up Queen Ester “for such a time as this”. CBN points to Trump as a modern-day savior, like the Biblical Ester, of Israel as it is threatened by the modern-day Iranian Persians.
President Trump tweeted on Thursday about Israel’s sovereignty.
Benjamin Netanyahu called Trump’s statement a “Purim miracle”, saying, “He did it again. First, he recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moved the embassy here. Then he pulled out of the disastrous Iran treaty and reimposed sanctions. But now he did something of equal historic importance: he recognized Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights,” according to CBN.
In the interview, the Secretary of State also weighed in on Representative Ilan Omar [D-MN], who has been accused of anti-Semitism. He said, “To see this from a member of Congress like Congresswoman Omar is – I talked about this being dark. The rise of anti-Semitism in the United States and in Europe and in, frankly, all across the world is something that is deeply troubling, and to see someone – a duly elected congressman – behave in that way, to speak about anti-Semitism in that way, is of great concern. It’s a great concern to me. This administration speaks the truth, and anti-Semitism is unacceptable in any form from anyone, but to see it come from one of America’s leaders is just abhorrent.”
Why It Matters
Mike Pompeo neglected to mention Steve King, GOP Representative from Iowa, who is well known for his racist comments and backing of white supremacy. King lost financial backing for his 2018 reelection campaign from the National Republican Congressional Committee and was publicly condemned by the committee chair after the Washington Post reported King’s visit with Austria’s Freedom party, which has ties to Nazi and neo-Nazi circles. King defended his actions, saying “If they were in America pushing the platform that they push, they would be Republicans.” His comments came in the wake of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting. He was condemned by Iowan Jewish leaders and the Anti-Defamation League and eventually stripped of his House committee assignments by the Republican Steering Committee.
Pompeo also forgot to condemn President Trump himself, who famously said that there were “fine people” on both sides at the “Unite the Right Rally” in Charlottesville. Heather Heyer was killed when James Fields, an Ohio man who had attended the rally, deliberately rammed into a crowd of counter-protesters. President Trump slow-walked a disavowal of David Duke’s endorsement of his campaign, claiming initially he didn’t know who Duke was.
Trump tweeted a meme of Hillary Clinton with a star of David on a backdrop of money during the campaign and His “America First” slogan even harks back to the non-interventionist movement of World War II, which was based in anti-Semitic rhetoric. Trump told an audience at the Republican Jewish Coalition in 2015, “you’re not going to support me because I don’t want your money,” before complimenting the audience members on their negotiating skills, both Jewish stereotypes.
This administration intentionally cloaks itself in the garb of the devout and cultivates a gullible and power-hungry evangelical base. Donald Trump, a thrice married adulterer who has bragged about sexually assaulting women and has been accused by dozens of women of doing exactly that, who has paid off a porn star and a Playboy model for their silence about affairs with him, and said he has never asked God for forgiveness is not exactly a poster boy for spirituality.
While it is true that Christians believe that God has a plan for every person and even the most heinous person can be redeemed, in the Bible it is made clear that repentance is required to be a Biblical style role model. To elevate a man such as Donald Trump to a Biblical hero like Ester is blasphemy. Christians should be very careful about dabbling in the idol worship that surrounds the Donald Trump cult of personality.