On August 21, while berating reporters in the middle of his yard, Donald Trump looked skyward and declared himself “the chosen one”.
Let’s be clear: He was kidding.
Although it’s entirely possible that Trump does, in fact, believe he has something akin to a divine mandate to govern, the remark was obviously a joke. He was referring to the notion that no president has ever taken on the task of trying to force China to change its economic model (probably because that’s a quixotic endeavor even God himself couldn’t succeed at).
Kidding or no, the clip became an instant sensation, for obvious reasons.
While Trump may have been joking, there’s no shortage of disciples who believe wholeheartedly in his messiah status. His rallies retain their cult-like atmosphere from the campaign (probably because Trump never stopped campaigning), and the president’s hardcore base is defined as much by their shared religious zeal as by their common socioeconomic status, which, suffice to say, isn’t on par with Trump’s.
Well, in a new interview with Fox, outgoing Energy secretary Rick Perry delivered a series of absurd remarks referencing Trump’s divine status.
“God’s used imperfect people all through history”, a completely serious Perry mused, adding that he once gave Trump a list of biblical figures who he imagines the president can relate to.
“I said ‘Mr. President, I know there are people that [sic] say… you know, you said you were ‘the chosen one’ uhh, and I said ‘You were'”, Perry explained. “If you’re a believing Christian you understand God’s plan for the people who rule and judge over us on this planet”.
There’s not much utility in trying to editorialize around that cringe-worthy claim.
Even if you’re a believer, the only way you can rationalize the idea that God decided to appoint a narcissistic, greedy, philandering, serial liar whose business career is a sordid tale of bankruptcies, defaults, scams, failures and frauds (with the latter including a “university” that was closed for not being a university and a charity that was shuttered because it wasn’t a charity), is if the Almighty is very, very angry at humanity.
If that’s the case, he (or she) might have just spared us all the suffering and sent an asteroid, unless the suffering is the point.
But thanks anyway, Rick.
Also, good luck with the Ukraine thing.