When Donald Trump and Mike Pence attended the Midwest Vision and Values Pastors Leadership Conference in Cleveland yesterday, the duo performed their typical Christian-bating schtick, but for once they may have been upstaged by the evangelicals themselves.
While the media focused on boxing promoter Don King’s introduction of Trump after the convicted killer used a racial obscenity during his speech, only Right Wing Watch seems to have caught the rest of the program.
Host Darrell Scott, a pastor at New Spirit Revival Center, told the audience that a “nationally known” minister had told Trump “that if you choose to run for president, there’s going to be a concentrated Satanic attack against you.”
“He said there’s going to be a demon, principalities and powers, that are going to war against you on a level that you’ve never seen before and I’m watching it every day.”
To ward off the spiritual attack by boogiemen, Scott’s wife led some of the attendees in a “laying on of hands.”
“God we ask you right now that Your choice is this choice,” she said as she pawed at the presidential candidate. “God, I ask that you would touch this man, Donald J. Trump. Give him the anointing to lead this nation.”
While putting hands on someone is a common practice in Christianity meant to invoke the Holy Spirit and allow the adherents to bless, baptize, or cure diseases in the name of God, it was also common for French and English royalty to claim the “royal touch” that gave them the same abilities to cure disease and bless certain people. The practice lasted until the 18th century in France; Queen Anne was the last British monarch to claim the supernatural ability.