[They] gathered to watch live as Trump walked from the White House to St John’s. “My mother just shouted out, ‘God give him strength! He’s doing a Jericho walk!’”
A Jericho walk, in some evangelical circles, refers to the biblical book of Joshua, where God commanded the Israelites to walk seven times around the opposing city of Jericho, whose walls then came crashing down.
Eleanor said that no US President could be elected without support from the Bible Belt. That they composed 30% of the vote. About 80% of the 94 million Evangelicals voted for Trump in 2016.
Eleanor Dickinson was a radical feminist, an activist, a friend of mine. She and two other Bay Areas heavyweights, Ruth Waters and Rusty Cantor, took me under their wing so we could, together, take on the male-dominated art world.
Eleanor grew up in the South in the Bible Belt. She went to tent revivals.
Eleanor Creekmore Dickinson would wash the black and white stripes from her hair and scrub out the electric blue and pink streaks that helped define her as another rebellious San Francisco artist.
She would dye her hair back to its native brown, tone down her dress and return to the Deep South, where she was raised, to carefully capture — on canvas, on black velvet, on videotape — the rituals of Pentecostal revivals.
Eleanor had her office in the basement of her house in San Francisco. She had a wall of videos that she had taken of tent revivals. There were several showing men (not women) handling snakes. All in black and white. I have no idea what she said to the worshipers that allowed her to take those videos. At one point, she installed a complete replica of a tent revival in one of the San Francisco museums.
What a trip. Another world.
And these people are the people that believe that Trump should be the president.
So how did devotees like Horbowy become such a potent force that Trump would signal them in his hour of need? One answer lies in their relationship with Trump. They have given him their fervent support at the ballot box and in turn they have seen a conservative takeover of the courts and an assault on reproductive and LGBTQ+ rights.
Their power and worldview is a culmination of trends that started decades ago, according to John Fea, a history professor at Messiah College and himself an evangelical Christian. “It’s rooted in fear,” he said.
In the 1980s, Fea said, several forces converged to alarm white Christians: a removal of official prayer and Bible readings from schools, an influx of immigrants from Asia and the Middle East, and the final desegregation of schools like Bob Jones University.
“So came the emergence of the Christian right,” Fea said.
(We can thank Obama for not filling the seats for those judgeships.)
The numbers tell the story. 'His' poll numbers are falling. Pivot to gain support among the religious right and to create an image that justifies his ‘invoking of violence’. Run on a 'law-and-order' platform.
There couldn’t be a scarier person inhabiting the White House at this very moment. It’s deliberate what he’s doing. He’s deliberately stoking anger so he can run a law-and-order platform,”
It’s all about the election.
Oh, and the protests continue...