Donald Trump is a big fanboy of all seven of the classic deadly sins poetically observed by Christianity’s early desert father monastics, and might just be the Biblical antichrist.
Lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride—Trump pursues them all! Can the Republican Party consider itself Christian looking the other way while Trump leads the national GOP? Are Christian Trump voters really theologically or spiritually Christian beyond the mindless, cultural cafeteria-style variety of religious identity politics?
Sure, they can concoct complex, impersonal justifications for Donald Trump’s presidency, but why did they vote for Trump? So he can bully America’s allies? To own the libs? So he can deport brown people and encourage police brutality? So we don’t have to be politically correct or polite to each other anymore? So Christian of them. Fundamentally, Donald Trump is not a good person any quality parent would want their children to emulate.
Let’s examine the seven deadly sins of which Trump’s existence is so fond:
Lust: Donald Trump has been divorced multiple times, and has published writings describing his sexual hedonism. He bragged to impress Billy Bush that he used his celebrity to sexually assault women. So many sexual harassment lawsuits! He spent decades pretending to be his own publicist in order to spread unrequested gossip suggesting dishonestly that A-list women have pursued him. He owned Miss Universe for two decades and liked to personally judge the contestants’ bodies during rehearsals. He also liked to walk in on the contestants while they were changing, some underage. And, most creepily of all, he has suggested several times that if he were not his daughter’s father he would be dating her. Classic Trump. Although, to be fair, the incest is at least a little Biblical.
Gluttony: Trump is self-conscious enough about his weight and health to lie about both. He is a giant fan of fast food. He likes two scoops of ice cream. He drinks Diet Coke like it’s the fountain of youth. Trump’s home is narcissistically luxurious in a gaudy style with gold-infused everything that a 17th century absolutist monarch would be grossed out. Trump wants his name on everything, he hoards wealth, and he keeps all his charity money for himself. Meanwhile, his Mar-A-Lago resort and luxury golf clubs are real estate examples of an overindulgent lifestyle. Donald Trump is a working-class villain, not a hero, and is a true glutton
Greed: I don’t know where to begin.
Sloth: Trump does not read his daily presidential briefs or national security reports. He spends hours of every day in “executive time.” He golfs every three days. He has been president for 3 and a half years and still describes everything in government and politics with the vocabulary and conversational nuance of a toddler. He gave up on his Obamacare replacement plan. He gave up on hosting an infrastructure week. He very well may be the laziest and wrongest leader in the world on responding to the coronavirus. Even his own business career was handed to him, along with a fortune of a trust fund with which his only self-sufficient accomplishment was squandering it all and having one of the biggest bankruptcies of all time. He’s overseen a host of failed businesses and unveiled copious unwanted Trump-branded products. Trump has misjudged and lost money in industries as varied as casinos, magazines, board games, steaks, universities, mortgages, airlines, vodka and travel booking. The only reason he makes money at all is because he passively licenses his name to other people and companies who actually can develop businesses and properties. The corporate profits he has raised come from screwing over his workers and contractors. Trump lacks even the faintest hint of curiosity and interest in learning.
Wrath: Trump is not kind to detractors, and routinely threatens to sue anyone who publicly doubts his net worth. He tried to sue Bill Maher for $5 million when the comedian satirically insinuated that Trump’s father was an orangutan. Trump’s whole divisive campaign has been speculated to be in part the result of Trump taking offense to infamous White House Correspondents’ Dinner jokes mocking him for looking like a fool (and a racist) by cheerleading the fraudulent Obama Birther conspiracy for conspicuous future political aspirations. He has been involved in over 3,500 lawsuits “fighting everyone from the government to the vodka makers.” He accuses scores of women of being nasty and on their period. He accused critic Joe Scarborough of murder. He has threatened to withhold COVID aid to states with Democratic governors who don’t suck up to him. What a terrible, awful, no good guy.
Envy: Trump’s personality has been argued to be envious of historical figures such as Benito Mussolini, Adolph Hitler, Louis XIV, and Emperor Palpatine. He wishes he had Obama’s popularity. He lies about his electoral college victory and claims the votes he lost by in the popular vote were fake. He accuses every organization that gives out famous awards to be rigged when he doesn’t win. He clawed his way onto the Forbes list of wealthy people lying about his net worth to anyone willing to listen or not, and lies about literally every other aspect of his life as well.
Pride: Trump loves Donald Trump. His casual conversation is filled with verbal assurances that he is the best at things, that he has the best people, that he has very little debt, that he will singularly make America great again, and that he has neither small hands nor a small penis. Trump cannot get enough of Donald Trump. He says he’s accomplished more than any president. He thinks he might be a better president than Lincoln.