Jim Bakker, otherwise known as half of disgraced ’80s televangelist power couple Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker (remember the extreme eyelashes?) — has spent the past decade and a half quietly rebuilding his empire after serving nearly five years of a 45-year prison sentence (for fraud and conspiracy-related charges) from 1989 to 1994.
This is totally separate from the drugging and rape allegations from actress/secretary Jessica Hahn which had previously derailed his career in 1987.
Currently, it should come as very little surprise that the “reformed” Bakker is back at his crazy lies, now as a staunch supporter of Donald Trump and spewing dangerous rhetoric.
In a sermon recently flagged by Right Wing Watch, Bakker told his followers that if Trump doesn’t get reelected in 2020, that “leaders of the gospel and the political conservative leaders” are going to be murdered.
I’m guessing AOC and the other women in Congress who Trump supporters chant “send them back” at rallies about? The “deep state?” I’m sure Hillary Clinton is involved somehow as well. Who knows with these nutcases.
In a preface to his remarks, Bakker claimed that Trump was elected against all odds because “God’s people voted, and the world knows it, the enemies of the gospel know it.”
“I’m going to say something I probably shouldn’t say,” he continued, which is about the only part of his diatribe most people would actually agree with.
“What’s coming next, if we keep losing, you’re going to see the leaders of the church and the leaders of the gospel and the political conservative leaders that are powerful, you are going to see them suddenly die, suddenly killed. Suddenly as they were driving, suddenly as they were in a boat, suddenly in an airplane … You’re going to see it one after another.
God spoke this to me years ago what would happen near the end and I believe we’re in that time. There’s so desperate — this is life and death. This is the hatred of murder is in the country.”
Not surprisingly, many took to Twitter to call out Bakker for his hypocrisy and attempting to use threats of violence to swing a presidential election — including “God” himself.
No, they won’t. It’s not life and death. This Jim Bakker person is a lying criminal. https://t.co/9hlj4wDTMh 
— God (@thegoodgodabove) July 22, 2019 
Lunatics are running the asylum.
Church and state are no longer separate, and if they want to talk politics, make them pay taxes. https://t.co/xB1GPyhytq 
— Sunshine Daydream (@kharmabites) July 22, 2019 
This is how they keep their voters in line. They create persecution narratives to keep uneducated voters fearful and ignorant of the con. https://t.co/ESnmTwr2h0 
— Neo Susan (@GothicNeo) July 23, 2019 
Tax his "church"
Fuck this. This isn't a church it's tax exempt super pac run by people who wouldn't get hired by Fox "News" for being too nuts https://t.co/lSgNivxvHJ 
— Full Boar Socialism (@JesseLaGreca) July 23, 2019