The Washington National Cathedral is criticizing President Donald Trump for comments he’s made in recent days, blasting his rhetoric and using language that suggests the commander-in-chief is utilizing McCarthyesque techniques to attack his political opponents.
The statement by the church is forceful, and indeed unusual, directly criticizing the sitting president for what it deems to be hurtful and inappropriate statements, reported the Washington Post.
The title of the statement from the National Cathedral, “Have We No Decency?” is a reference to Joseph McCarthy, who was famously asked “Have you no decency, sir?” after years of continual claims of communists infiltrating the U.S. government without offering tangible proof.
The church is responding to comments Trump has made against black lawmakers in Congress, as well as hateful dialogue directed to their constituents, including Baltimore, which the president blasted as being a “rat-infested” area in a tweet over the past week.
“As faith leaders who serve at Washington National Cathedral…we feel compelled to ask: After two years of President Trump’s words and actions, when will Americans have enough?” the statement read.
The Washington National Cathedral, church of presidents, takes on the President. Everything about this is extraordinary.
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— Susan Glasser (@sbg1) July 31, 2019
“Make no mistake about it, words matter. And, Mr. Trump’s words are dangerous,” the church added, alluding to the possibility that someone could act out on the president’s rhetoric in a disastrous way. The statement continued:
These words are more than a ‘dog-whistle.’ When such violent dehumanizing words come from the President of the United States, they are a clarion call, and give cover, to white supremacists who consider people of color a sub-human “infestation” in America. They serve as a call to action from those people to keep America great by ridding it of such infestation. Violent words lead to violent actions.
The Washington National Cathedral is not the only church whose leadership has spoken out against Trump’s comments as of late. Christian leaders from Baltimore, the city Trump attacked in his tweets against Rep. Elijah Cummings, produced a joint statement together, stating that the president “publicly slurred our beloved city.”
The joint statement came from leaders representing Catholic, Lutheran, and United Methodist churches, per reporting from Newsweek.
“We will not dignify the slur by repeating it. It was horrible, demeaning and beneath the dignity of a political leader who should be encouraging us all to strive and work for a more civil, just and compassionate society,” that statement, released on Monday, read.