MSNBC’s Joy Reid epically shut down Pastor Mark Burns, a diehard Donald Trump supporter, who quoted the Bible to defend the president’s recent comments that Africa is filled with “shithole countries” and Haitians, in particular, should be sent back.
Reid asked how a “man of God” could support Trump’s proposal to send Haitians back to their broken country.
The tense exchange between Reid and Burns:
BURNS: We do love thy neighbor. We do help. We don’t leave people destitute. Those millions of dollars could be coming to America to help other black people, other minorities in our own country.
REID: You quoted first Timothy 5:8, and that verse refers to a man who would not take care of his own family and immediate family. There’s another verse in the Bible and I’m a church girl. I used to teach Sunday school in Denver, Colorado when I was in high school, so I love a Bible verse myself.
REID: Isaiah 10:2, in the Bible says whoa to those who enact evil statutes and to those who constantly record unjust decisions so as to deprive the needy of justice and rob the poor of my people of their rights so that widows may be their spoil and that they may plunder orphans. … The Bible verse you talked about talking about caring for one’s own family and immediate family. This Bible verse that is repeated much more in the Bible talks about caring for the least of these widows and orphans. You talked about Haiti, specifically being a country that’s not caring for its own people and that it has a government that is corrupt and a system that is broken. How can you as a man of God justify sending people back to such a country? If the country is so broken, then how can you as a man of God justify sending people back to that country?
BURNS: This is not about sending people back to the country.
REID: That’s what Donald Trump’s policy is.
Burns was hoping to use the Bible as a twisted way to defend the president’s hateful and racists comments about brown-skinned countries, but Reid immediately shredded his argument to pieces.
The truth is that there is no religious defense for Trump’s recent comments, his overall policy agenda, or for the amoral scam artist he has shown himself to be throughout his lifetime. He is a godless man through and through.
Religious figures like Mark Burns have all the right in the world to continue supporting Donald Trump, but they should stop doing it under the guise of religion. There is not a holy book on the face of the planet – certainly not the Bible – that can justify Trump’s words or deeds.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.
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