Donald Trump made a lot of headlines about his comments on the threat that fraudulent elections pose to the US Constitution. Naturally, Al Mohler, the president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary weighed in during his latest episode of The Briefing. Al Mohler did not comment in the podcast about his status as a defendant in a defamation lawsuit. Trump’s post on Truth Social was as follows:
There’s a more eloquent way to say what Trump said:
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
US Declaration of Independence
Most conservatives see this. The government in Brazil sees this and is taking action against the liberal candidate seizing power, even if it plunges the largest South American country into civil war. Al Mohler does not see this. Al Mohler does not understand the moment in history. Al Mohler condemns Trump but justifies Abraham Lincolns suspension of the Constitution.
There have been moments when the Constitution was clearly stretched to its limits and sometimes beyond. Consider the trauma of the Civil War and the presidency of Abraham Lincoln. He sought at times to take unconstitutional action in order to defend the constitutional union. Now, let’s just put it this way. Had Abraham Lincoln failed in that effort, he would likely been remembered as a trader, but he did protect the constitutional order.
Nowhere in the Constitution is the federal government permitted to suspend habeas corpus to incarcerate state politicians. What Trump proposed was far less drastic and for far greater stakes.
Then reference this posting by the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, that came over the weekend on his own platform known as Truth Social. “A massive fraud of this type and magnitude allows for the termination of all rules, regulations and articles, even those found in the Constitution.” He went on to say, “Our great founders did not want and would not condone false and fraudulent elections!”
Now, the point to be understood is this. The language that the Former President articulated in that social media posting is a direct contradiction of the oath of office for the President of the United States. Now, he is not now president of the United States, but he has announced that he’s running once again for the office as president of the United States. And this represents an extremely dangerous development. It’s a dangerous development even as measured in contrast and comparison with what President Trump has said and done before, both before he was president, while he was in the White House and now subsequent, and once again, a presidential contender.
Apparently Trump’s lockdowns and Biden’s jab mandates weren’t the unprecedented threat to the Constitution. No, it’s fighting fraudulent elections, a real pandemic. On this subject, Mohler concludes:
The list of presidents who have tested constitutional limits and the very boundaries of presidential authority, that would be a very long list, but the list of presidents or even serious presidential contenders who have used language like this is at least at this point a list of one. We are in uncharted political territory here, but it ought to have the attention of conservatives and it ought to have the attention of Christian conservatives because this kind of language is incompatible with a conservative cast of mind, a conservative disposition and a conservative understanding of the Constitution.
It is by no means conservative to say we will put the Constitution on pause if we feel that we have adequate cause.
At the end of the day, the Constitution is just a piece of paper that has long been trampled on by government usurpation. Conservatives are largely waking up to the fact that the sword of government must be used against liberals, whether it look like Ron DeSantis and Disney or a Nuremburg 2.0. Al Mohler does not understand conservatives because he’s not a conservative. He’s a chameleon with a long history of changing positions to stay in prominent positions.