Dear Leader, as seen by adults

Communiques between the British ambassador to America, and his government back home, make plain that the First Felon is not much admired by, you know, adults:

The British ambassador to the United States described the White House as “uniquely dysfunctional,” told his counterparts back home that President Trump was “inept” and “insecure,” and warned that his administration could collapse in “disgrace.”

In a cache of leaked diplomatic cables dating from 2017 to the present, Sir Kim Darroch worried Trump might be in debt to “dodgy Russians.” He also said that Trump could wreck the world trade system and that his administration might go to war with Iran.

In one cable, the ambassador wrote: “We don’t really believe this Administration is going to become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional; less unpredictable; less faction riven; less diplomatically clumsy and inept.”

The world will not soon forget that the United States elected this corrupt buffoon, and doubtless marvels that our elected representatives have so far failed to do their plain duty to remove him from office. It will be a long while — and probably not within my lifetime, if ever — before America is again trusted.

Meantime, evangelical Christian support for Donald Trump is unflagging.

Last week, Ralph Reed, the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s founder and chairman, told the group, “There has never been anyone who has defended us and who has fought for us, who we have loved more than Donald J. Trump. No one!”

Reed is partially right; for many evangelical Christians, there is no political figure whom they have loved more than Donald Trump.

Ever since Jerry Falwell founded the Moral Majority w-a-a-a-y back in 1979, evangelicals have been going around quoting Scripture and spouting pieties and wagging their finger under everybody’s nose — and now, with their enthusiasm for Donald Trump, even the most obtuse can see them as they actually are: stupid and malicious. Scarcely a day goes by that I read the headlines without asking myself: Did the evangelicals think that nobody would notice the incandescent hypocrisy of their support for Trump, or were they so captivated and charmed by his squalid conduct that they never even saw it themselves?

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