In December of 2020, right-wing pastor and evangelist Todd Coconato said that prayer alone would convince God to overturn the election so that Donald Trump could continue to serve as president of the United States, doubled-down on his failed prophecy this past Wednesday – from his car.
Clearly, that has not happened.
Nevertheless, Coconato still believes that if enough people pray hard enough, God – who despite being the supposed creator of the Universe is sympathetic to Republican causes – will eventually come through to replace President Joe Biden with Trump.
“People say, ‘Well, you still think President Trump might become president again?’” Coconato said in a video that was posted to his YouTube channel. “I do, because I prayed about it, and I’ll tell you what God said to me was kind of shocking.”
Coconato’s argument is more than just some kooky fantasy – it is a tacit revelation that American Christian conservatives have no interest in democracy. Based on his remarks,
“Not really, but when I prayed about if we’d ever see President Trump as our president again, God just reminded me that he’s the one that chooses the leadership, not us. He allows certain things to happen, but he also responds to the prayers of the righteous. And what he was telling me is that just like David – and I think I said this in a past livestream – but just like David, President Trump has the mantle of leadership, has the anointing of leadership,” Coconato said.
“And so that’s why it’s kind of confusing to saints that are looking, and they’re wondering what’s going on,” he continued, without identifying who those “saints” are.
“Because they see Joe Biden and they’re like, ‘This guy doesn’t seem like he’s authentic, like he’s real; is he really the president?’ And I said, ‘God, why are so many people questioning if Joe Biden is the president? I mean, clearly this guy is the president of the United States. Are we to doubt that? Are we not to believe that?’” Coconato pondered. “And God said, ‘It’s about the mantle, the mantle of anointing, which is on President Trump, not Biden.’”
Coconato did not specify what exactly that “mantle of anointing” is or how it works. But suggesting that voting is a meaningless gesture because God has a preference is a danger to the stability of our democracy.
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