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Trump’s Uncanny Resemblance to St. Augustine

Oct 8th, 2016 | By | Category: Features, Lead Article

Did Trump’s recent apology for past behavior mollify the liberal media? Not in the least! Here’s the wretched New York Times (1) :

“During a 90-second videotaped appearance, Mr. Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, offered a strikingly brief articulation of regret for a decade-old audiotape in which he boasted about grabbing women’s genitals and said he could have his way with women because of his fame.”

A brief articulation of regret? That’s what the NYT chose to focus on—the inadequacy of the apology! But to anyone who craves fair and balanced media treatment, this sort of coverage is not surprising.

But later in the article, they did note, albeit in passing, the most important piece of Trump’s statement: “I pledge to be a better man tomorrow.”

Homer of course recognized the similarity with Augustine who said, “Lord, grant me chastity and continence, but not yet.”

Augustine, who was slightly younger than Trump when he made his famous statement (he was 17), of course, went on to become a saint. His philosophical teachings inform the important Catholic precepts of free will, just war and original sin.

Is it not likely that Trump, too, will follow in Augustine’s footsteps and make a mark for himself in the theological arena? He has already endeared himself to the evangelicals whose support for his religious temperament remains undaunted (2). Perhaps, they, like Homer, see the potential for great transformation in Trump. Especially in a President Trump.

 

  1. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/08/us/politics/donald-trump-apology.html?_r=0
  2. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2016/10/08/still-the-best-candidate-some-evangelicals-still-back-trump-despite-lewd-video/

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