Tony Perkins, the Jesus-shouting busy-body head of the severely irony-challenged Family Research Council, has no problem with Trump committing adultery as long as he does his bidding for God and separate toilets.
Perkins knows about Stormy Daniels, the porn actress who claimed, in a 2011 interview, that in 2006 she had sex with Trump four months after his wife, Melania, gave birth to their son, Barron. He knows of the reports that Daniels (real name: Stephanie Clifford) was paid off to keep the affair quiet in the waning weeks of the 2016 election. He knows about the cursing, the lewdness and the litany of questionable behavior over the past year of Trump’s life or the 70 that came before it.
“We kind of gave him—‘All right, you get a mulligan. You get a do-over here,’” Perkins told me in an interview for the latest episode of POLITICO’s Off Message podcast.
Weigh a paid-off porn star against being the first president to address the March for Life live via video feed, and a lot of evangelical leaders insist they can still walk away happy.
Evangelical Christians, says Perkins, “were tired of being kicked around by Barack Obama and his leftists. And I think they are finally glad that there’s somebody on the playground that is willing to punch the bully.”
Wait; I thought Obama was a weak-willed, lily-livered pushover. But then again, Perkins should know all about bullies; he and his mob have done enough in the name of the Sky Faerie to earn a place in Hell.
What a fucking hypocrite.
Oh, and lest we forget, Charlie Pierce reminds us that 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the Great Penis Hunt. So in twenty years we’ve gone from hounding a president to the edge of impeachment for getting an illicit blow job to electing one who brags about it. Yay.