Donald Trump did two interviews this morning. In one (see above), he refuses three times to denounce support from from David Duke and the KKK. In the other (see below), Trump defends his decision to tweet an “interesting” quote from Benito Mussolini. Yes, that Mussolini–the fascist dictator who took Hitler’s side in World War II.
Do I even need to comment on this? If I did, would it change anyone’s mind about the man who is poised to clinch the GOP nomination for president of the United States? It’s hard to believe, but it really does look like the party of Lincoln is ready to nominate a man who doesn’t have the moral clarity to denounce the KKK. I would argue that anyone who needs a primer on the KKK is not qualified to be president of the United States. As Russell Moore writes:
The KKK is the worst, most violent and virulent domestic terrorist organization the US has ever faced. This isn't hard.
— Russell Moore (@drmoore) February 28, 2016
I have said elsewhere that the debate for social conservatives going forward will be whether one can support someone like Trump in the general election when the alternative is a pro-choice liberal. That debate is unfolding right now in earnest. As I type, the hashtag #NeverTrump is trending on Twitter while others like Hugh Hewitt are arguing that it may be necessary to vote for Trump in the general because of Supreme Court appointments.
These reckless and indefensible comments from Trump today make one thing clear. We can expect to see more conscientious conservatives who will never support Donald Trump, not less.
As for Christians, our obligation to denounce these remarks is clear. I agree with Kevin DeYoung:
Will gospel-believing Christians support a man who cannot immediately and unequivocally denounce the KKK? May it never be.
— Kevin DeYoung (@RevKevDeYoung) February 28, 2016