Roland Martin appeared on This Week where he slammed the hypocrisy of Evangelicals and Republicans for not calling out Donald Trump’s racism. He did not hold his tongue.
Roland Martin was not kind to Evangelicals
“There’s been no Republican president who has been as overt on race since Herbert Hoover who led the Lily-White Movement when he was president,” Roland Martin said. “That’s what you’re dealing with here. This is a president who knows this game and who is playing it. It is a dangerous game. And when you have — Massachusetts governor — a governor of Massachusetts call it shameful and despicable, when you have Republican Will Hurd of Texas, the only black Republican in the House, vote with the Democrats, when you have a former top judge in Texas, a Latina, who says his ideology is racist, you cannot ignore this reality.”
But Martin did not end there. He made sure to necessarily call out Evangelicals who are vociferous when addressing Progressives with whose values they disagree.
“What’s even more shameful — and I want to see Republicans being afraid to see white conservative Evangelicals say nothing,” Martin said. “Franklin Graham silent. Pastor Paula White silent. Robert Jeffress defends it. When you see Ralph Reed silent, Tony Perkins silent, these are the — if you read Frederick Douglass’s speech, what does a slave mean — what does the Fourth of July mean to the slave, his most condemnation was for white Christians. Dr. King’s letter from Birmingham jail, for white Christians. Evangelicals who are white and conservative need to challenge this president and say, what you’re doing is wrong, shameful and despicable and you should stop, but he won’t because he is leading policies and also appealing to white fear.”
Sadly, the silence of Evangelical Christian leaders is deafening. Roland Martin, well done!