I grew up in an evangelical, fundamentalist right-wing family that played a direct part in preparing America for the presidency of Donald Trump.
We didn’t know it at the time, but in the 1970’s and 80’s, by making the anti-abortion issue the Evangelical Republican Litmus Test, we opened a door to a new kind of fanaticism that has swept America and has in turn been swept away by Donald Trump.
What I mean by ‘swept away’ is he has turned that fanaticism into a personality cult which bears no resemblance even to the kind of right-wing Christianity that we espoused in the 1970’s and 80’s.
These folks deny facts. They don’t believe in Climate Change. They don’t believe in science. They include a lot of people in their number who are part of wild conspiracy theories. They are easily led. Led now, more than ever, by Donald Trump.
Donald Trump has now crossed the line in the COVID-19 crisis, from simply a buffoon; a clown; a reality TV star into power and ego, into someone who now is cast in the mold of people like Mao Zedong, Pol Pot, Stalin, and other totalitarian, authoritarian leaders who have proved willing to sacrifice their own people to cling to power.