The twice-impeached disgraced former present Donald Trump in interviews published by Axios turned on his onetime ally, Benjamin Netanyahu, for congratulating Joe Biden once it became clear that the Democrat had won the 2020 election in a popular vote and electoral college landslide.
“Fuck him,” Trump was quoted as saying of his erstwhile friend. “The first person that congratulated Biden was Bibi Netanyahu, the man that I did more than any other person I dealt with.”
Trump is correct in stating that he bestowed on Netanyahu many political gifts including moving the embassy to Jerusalem and recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Trump treated Netanyahu kindly to curry favor with his evangelical base who are besotted with the nation of Israel.
But he’s wrong in declaring that Netanyahu was the first world leader to congratulate Biden on his victory. Many heads of state including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron beat Netanyahu to the punch.
Many of Trump’s most loyal followers, white evangelicals, condemned his attack on the Israeli leader. Mike Evans, one of Trump’s early evangelical backers, said he was “horrified” by Trump’s outburst and said they would offend significant numbers of evangelical voters.
Keep in mind that evangelicals have stuck by their Dear Leader through sex scandals, tens of thousands of lies including the Big Lie that he won the election, vicious attacks on political enemies, and even his attempted coup.
But they draw the line at attacking the racist, indicted former Prime Minister of Israel. Israel can do no wrong in their eyes, and authoritarian leaders can do no wrong as long as they are pro-Israel and anti-abortion.
Fuck Netanyahu? Amen! Fuck Trump and white evangelicals as well.