Televangelist Jim Bakker: If Trump loses, government will shut me down

Jim-Bakker

Bil Browning

Convicted con artist and televangelist Jim Bakker has reinvented himself as an end times survivalist lately, but he’s deathly afraid his scam won’t survive Hillary Clinton as president.

Taking a break from hawking his 120 serving bucket of milk whey and other apocalypse munchies, Bakker invited Ramiro Peña, the senior pastor of Christ the King Baptist Church in Waco, Texas, on his show to talk about Donald Trump‘s presidential campaign.

“If Donald Trump isn’t elected, do you envision America to look good, bad or ugly? What will it look like, say, four years from now if we do not change the court? I know what the last eight years — we have seen the greatest deterioration,” Bakker said to Peña according to Right Wing Watch. “I’m afraid if we have another four years we will not even be able to function. I believe that they’ll shut me down. I believe they’re gonna shut anybody outside the church, all religious activity down. What will America look like if we don’t get on the right track?”

Peña, for his part, didn’t stray from the Republican Party line about the mythical dangers of a Clinton presidency, citing the next President’s potential Supreme Court nominees.

“If we don’t elect Donald Trump president, we’re going to end up electing someone who we absolutely know will put justices on the Supreme Court that will be pro-abortion, that will be pro-gay-marriage, that will rob us of religious liberty, will continue to take away and wear away at our right to bear arms. That is the kind of jurist who will be on the Supreme Court and on the federal bench,” he said.

“He has said he will appoint pro-life justices to the U.S. Supreme Court. So on that point, if for no other reason, even if you don’t like some of the things that he has said or done, for that point alone, for the sake of the Supreme Court, and the future of our nation that Pastor Jim is talking about, that’s why I am so convinced that he must be elected the next president of the United States.”

Trump, who has been married three times and is well known for his philandering ways, has been embraced by the religious right after promising them everything under the sky while also telling other audiences that he supports LGBT rights. Trump chose Indiana Governor Mike Pence, best known for his extreme anti-LGBT positions, as his running mate in a nod to conservative Christians and the Republican establishment.

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