It’s a difficult time for all those people who supported Donald Trump up until now – following the release of lewd “Access Hollywood” tapes from 2005, in which the Republican nominee candidly brags about sexual aggression against women.
Even the supporters who are denouncing him, distancing from or completely abandoning him are drawing criticism for standing by the media mogul, despite his blatant racist and xenophobic antics during the course of his campaign.
But to be fair, those leaving Trump are still much better than the ones still shamelessly defending him. (Better late than never, right?)
One such person is James MacDonald, a member of the presidential hopeful’s evangelical council.
MacDonald, megachurch pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, did not mince words when he called out the foul-mouthed billionaire over his vulgar remarks about women in a scathing email.
“Mr. Trump’s comments released yesterday — though 10 years ago (he was 60) — are not just sophomoric or locker room banter,” he wrote.
“They are truly the kind of misogynistic trash that reveals a man to be lecherous and worthless — not the guy who gets politely ignored, but the guy who gets a punch in the head from worthy men who hear him talk that way about women.”
Although serving on Trump’s religious advisory doesn’t exactly mean endorsement, the members usually provide counsel to the candidate on issues concerning faith.
However, MacDonald’s not willing to advise Trump if he continues with his misogynistic ways, the pastor added. He has a daughter, two daughters-in-law and wife of 33 years.
“No more defending Mr. Trump as simply foolish or loose lipped,” he concluded.
MacDonald’s reaction is in stark contrast with that of pro-Trump conservative commentator, Pastor Mark Burns, who bizarrely quoted religious scripture, urging people to forgive Trump who had "repented.”
But the truth is that Donald Trump’s so-called apology for the tapes was anything but. Instead of admitting his comments promoted rape culture, the White House hopeful dismissed the remarks as “locker room banter.”
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