Republican Senator prays about Obama: ‘Let his his days be few’
Senator David Perdue spoke at the Faith and Freedom conference.
You don’t have to believe Perdue literally wants Michelle Obama to be a widow to think that invoking this Psalm toward the president of the United States is, perhaps, a bit inappropriate. (Perdue isn’t the first to suggest Psalm 109:8 is an appropriate prayer for Obama; it’s become a meme in hard-right circles, where you can buy bumper stickers and shirts that say the same thing.)
The Republican Party acts shocked by Trump — like he is some alien parasite who has taken over their party without warning or precedent. They shouldn’t be so shocked.
Comments like Perdue’s are the context in which Trump ran. For years, Republican voters have been told that the president is a Muslim, a Kenyan, a socialist. They have heard Newt Gingrich fret over his “Kenyan anti-Colonial mindset,” Mitt Romney worry that the United States is “inches away from no longer being a free economy,” and, yes, Donald Trump argue that he’s hiding the true circumstances of his birth. They were thrilled when Ben Carson called Obamacare “the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery” and pleased when Ted Cruz agreed to look into whether Obama was planning an armed takeover of Texas.