Donald Trump’s Strangest Bedfellows: Part 3
The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
“In that direction,” the Cat said, waving its right paw round, “lives a Hatter:
and in that direction,” waving the other paw, “lives a March Hare.
Visit either you like: they’re both mad.
“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here.”
In the last entry in this blog series I invited readers to come with me down a modern version of Lewis Carroll’s rabbit hole and travel into a modern version of Alice’s Wacky Wonderland. As we travel deeper there will indeed be, just as there were in Alice’s, some pretty… ahem…unusual characters.
Let’s start with this one. If you’ve not seen Superstar Evangelist “Pastor Benny Hinn” in action before, you will understand momentarily just how unusual some of the characters can be. Be advised that Pastor Benny has a huge following, by anyone’s standards. He has attracted audiences of tens of thousands at a time, from the late 1990s to the present, to his “Miracle Crusades” here in the US. And he has been known to attract audiences…in one place, in one night…of over 1 million in outdoor crusades in countries overseas. For one three-consecutive-night meeting in India in 2007 he broke all records with a total attendance over the three nights of 7.3 million. This is not a man whose influence should be ignored.
What you have seen in that video is Pastor Benny “dispensing” what he calls “the anointing” on people. Unlike many “healing evangelists,” Benny doesn’t invite people to come up to the stage so that he can lay hands on them and ask the Lord to heal them. No, people come to his Crusades expecting to experience healing right while they are sitting in their seats and music is playing or Benny is preaching, because “the anointing” from God that Benny has sort of/kind of permeates the room. Or something…
At every meeting, numerous people become convinced that whatever ailment they came with, whether arthritis or cancer or anything in between, has now been healed. Mind you, there is no actual diagnosis by any medical person to validate their conviction. And the ailments are almost all something “internal” that can’t be seen. No problem. What is important is their “testimony” of their conviction of the healing. Such people make their way to the front of the meeting place and tell their testimony to one of Benny’s assistants…sort of like an audition at a casting call. Obviously, with tens of thousands…let alone millions…of people in attendance, only a tiny few get through the weeding process because their testimony is flashy enough to be worthy to capture on video.
Those that do pass the tests of the gate keepers get ushered on stage to have their “healing” announced, and then receive what most are expecting from Benny…a miraculous knock-out referred to as being “slain in the spirit.” Sometimes after this has happened, Benny will stand over them and hold out a hand toward them…which allegedly puts a spiritual whammy on them that prevents them from being able to get up until he puts down his hand. This phenomenon is referred to by some as “Holy Ghost Glue.”
And, as you see on the video, sometimes he dispenses multiple knock-outs to the same person.
As you’ll note also from the video, Benny can choose to dispense these knock-outs by waving his hand…or his jacket…at various individuals and groups besides those testifying about healings. He might knock out some of his assistants, a whole choir standing behind him, and/or whole sections of the main audience.
But… what does Benny and his Three-Ring Antics have to do with Donald Trump??
Just this…that crusade you saw in the video above was recorded in April 2010. In July that same year, the National Enquirer published this two-page spread in one of its issues.
In case you don’t recognize her from her photos in earlier entries in this series, that is Pastor Paula White with Pastor Benny. (At the time of the paparazzi photo, taken in Rome, Benny had recently separated from his wife of 30 years, and Paula had been divorced from her second husband–of 25+years–since 2007.) This is the same Pastor Paula White who has been publicly proclaimed by Donald Trump to be his personal Spiritual Adviser. The same Paula White who arranged multiple meetings with other “pastors” and “evangelists” for Mr. Trump during his presidential campaign in 2015 and 2016, where at times he was “prophesied” over by those in attendance.
By October 2010, after the worst of the scandal of the alleged Hinn/White affair had blown over, Pastor Benny appeared with others from Pastor Paula’s “circle of influence” at a major convention hosted by her in her home area.
In other words, Pastor Benny is obviously a very close associate of Paula White, and is the Poster Boy for the type of …ahem…unusual characters with which Paula White was surrounding Candidate Trump, President-elect Trump, and ultimately, two days from when this blog entry is being written, will be surrounding 45th President of the USA, Donald Trump. (Whenever she gets the opportunity.) These pastors and evangelists…and sometimes men and women identified by Paula as bonafide “modern prophets”…all represent the basic belief system and practices which characterize Paula White’s ministry. (Although she doesn’t use a suit coat to knock people out at her live appearances.)
We will be exploring more of Paula’s Wacky Wonderland and its denizens in upcoming entries in this series, explaining just how influential many of them were in providing a significant voting block for Donald Trump that was ignored by the media.
But to wrap up this entry, let’s see one more close friend of Paula (and Benny), someone Paula has openly, enthusiastically declared as being a major modern Prophet, in a set of recordings made in 2007. Note that date. This was five years before even Donald Trump’s tentative thought about running for President in the 2012 election, that he dropped very early in the game. Let alone nine whole years before his actual campaign and victory of 2016. This is “Prophet Kim Clement,” who, coincidentally, died on November 24, 2016, barely two weeks after the historic election. He is claiming to be speaking here, not his own words, but direct quotations from Almighty God, that God ordered him to deliver to those listening.
Yes, not only did Clement prophesy–claim to be speaking words “in the first person” for God– that Trump would run for president, but that he would win…and would “build walls of protection” and more once he was president.
But the most relevant part of this “prophecy” is that Clement–once again, “quoting” directly from God–declared that Trump would not be a “praying man”…would not be “religious”…as he ran for President. But once he got in the Oval Office…God would “pour out His Spirit” on Trump and he would become a changed man.
Many non-Christians have wondered, very logically, how on earth devout Christians could support a man with the obvious huge and very public moral and ethical flaws of Donald Trump. The fact that this recording by Kim Clement has received extremely wide distribution among millions of folks in the same “religious movement” as Paula White is one very clear explanation. These people believe God deliberately “chose” Trump while he was so despicable…with a plan to make him a “new man” once he got in office! So they were totally comfortable overlooking the immoral, hateful, nasty parts of Trump’s persona, knowing it was only a temporary problem.
Check out the next entry in this series, which was written after the Inauguration…