The deaths of John McCain, Charles Krauthammer, and the lastest Rep. Elijah Cummings have given some far-right Christian the idea that the representative of Maryland was killed by God for defying President Donald Trump.
On Oct. 17, in response to the news that Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings had died, right-wing commentator and radical conspiracy theorist Chris McDonald streamed a special edition of his “The MC Files” program.
His guest, Maryland pastor Stacey Shiflett, claimed that President Trump was sent by God himself to revive the United States and that Cummings was a lawless leader who waged “a cooked, deceptive, demonic attempt” to take down Trump. “Everything that he’s done has been nothing but trying to take this president out,” he said. “I believe that God had had enough, and God moved.”
Radio host Jesse Lee Peterson, who is black and has been mocked in the African American community for calling Trump “the Great White Hope,” said that Cummings paid with his life for messing with “the Great White Hope.”
“If you notice, John McCain, he’s dead. Charles Krauthammer, he’s dead. And Elijah Cummings, now he’s dead. They all didn’t like The Great White Hope; they went against him, they talked about him. Now, they all died,” he said in a video posted in People for the American Way’s Right Wing Watch.
“Don’t mess with the Great White Hope. You see what happens. Don’t mess with God’s children, ” Peterson’s message to the president’s opponents.