Gaslighting Baptists

A substantial slice of my homeland continues to baffle me.

If he says he’s going to turn the moon purple I believe him.

Trump fan Gene Huber (H/T Stephanie Sarkis, Donald Trump is a classic gaslighter in an abusive relationship with America)

I ask [Jefress] if he’s bothered when the president tells easily disprovable lies—like when he claims, contrary to the evidence, that special prosecutor Robert Mueller is a Democrat.

“I operate under the assumption that the president knows more than we do,” he says. “I think he probably has insight into that investigation that I don’t have.”

Michael J. Mooney, in a Texas Monthly profile of Robert Jefress, Pastor of the 18,000-member First Baptist Church of Dallas.

The aide said that guys like me [Suskind] were “in what we call the reality-based community,” which he defined as people who “believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.” I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. “That’s not the way the world really works anymore,” he continued. “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors … and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.” [The New York Times Magazine]

Attributed to Karl Rove, over his denial. (H/T Damon Linker).

Gene Huber and Robert Jeffress have missed Rove’s deeper point and willed themselves into skipping the “studying” part of the Emperor’s pronouncements:

Only believe, only believe;
All things are possible, only believe,
Only believe, only believe;
All things are possible, only believe.

Source: Baptist Hymnal 2008 #512


I say the Emperor has no clothes, and that it’s pretty obvious.

Did I mention that a substantial slice of my homeland continues to baffle me?

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