After all of his supporters got soaked by a series of thunderstorms, Donald Trump opened his campaign rally in Orlando, Florida with a prayer by his spiritual adviser. Needless to say, it got weird.
“Right now, let every demonic network who has aligned itself against the purpose, against the calling of President Trump, let it be broken, let it be torn down in the name of Jesus!” prayed Paula White, who is also a televangelist. “I declare that no weapon formed against him, his family, his calling, his purpose, his counsel will be able to be formed.”
As wild as this might sound to regular people, this kind of language is common among Evangelical Christians, who widely support Trump and many of whom sincerely believe that he was chosen by God to be President. You can tell by the way the crowd erupted in rapturous applause in response to White’s prayer.
A “Prayer for President” at Trump rally in Florida: “Let every demonic network that has aligned itself against the calling of Trump, let it be broken, let it be torn down in the name of Jesus, Trump will overcome every strategy from hell and every strategy from the enemy” #Cult45 pic.twitter.com/xGgqhNBpPX— Max Howroute▫️ (@howroute) June 19, 2019
White did not specify exactly what this “demonic network” might consist of, but we can assume she’s referring to anyone and everyone who is opposed to Trump, including many Christians who see that he is in opposition to many or all of the teachings of Jesus. Also, someone has already made a Demonic Network Twitter account.
We have been revealed by Paula White and the trump campaign!— Demonic Network (@NetworkDemonic) June 19, 2019
Gods plan is that we, the Demonic Network, should be the ultimate masters of lies and deception, we should be the greatest of evils.
But the trump presidency is proving more evil than we are!#DemonicNetwork
As funny as this could be, a lot of people are alarmed at the rhetoric and the cult-like response of the crowd.
These creepy cultists. My god.— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) June 19, 2019
"'Let every demonic network that has aligned itself against the purpose, against the calling of President Trump, let it be broken, let it be torn down in the name of Jesus,' she said to a crowd of Trump's supporters before his rally began Tuesday." https://t.co/whfkuEg1bQ
I can hardly believe this is real. Who are we? https://t.co/yRuCEV6ajM— voteforthegirls (@mleon3501) June 19, 2019
????access to mental healthcare is very important ???? https://t.co/RdwZNwiB6J— Michael G Fink (@MichaelGFink1) June 19, 2019
This is everthing wrong with the current evangelical culture in America—and why so many are feeling done with the church. https://t.co/vTH4xWhmUm— Melissa Moore Parker (@melmoore73) June 19, 2019
The GOP had better start fighting against this kind of stuff, and so should those Christian denominations that have, up until now, supported Trump, because they may never recover from the damage they're doing to themselves. He is the antithesis of everything Jesus taught. https://t.co/VzeG9HLhux— DevinNunesCowForCongress (@se_kear) June 19, 2019
Like possession, right? I'd believe it, if I believed in it. https://t.co/WOIc1O5j7j— Disruption to Ongoing Matter (@DogDisruption) June 19, 2019
It would be unethical to load these folks onto a big boat and sink it in the middle of the ocean, but it sure is tempting. They are an intellectual cancer on society, and their idiocy is beginning to cause real and unavoidable problems for sane people. https://t.co/rGHf3xyxWh— Jonny Pullen (@JonnyPullen) June 19, 2019
So Trump’s detractors are now a “demonic network”? They’re borrowing a meme from Hitler, who demonized Jews. Trump is moving us toward the type of outright dehumanization that led to persecution of Jews and others in Nazi Germany, and eventually “extermination”. https://t.co/GddHmAXTCK— Larry Baker (@waterthinker) June 19, 2019
Sure... let's call in the medieval tactics from the churches hundreds of years ago and spread fear among the ignorent people to control them. https://t.co/xogIzUas2p— Johan (@djodjo) June 19, 2019
Sweet cult bro. Separation of church and state much? https://t.co/mMzTr1vARd— Nick L (@rnaodm) June 19, 2019
But, also, the jokes.
Demonic Networks sounds like it should be part of my cable package https://t.co/dPI9ZSdXnv— Christina (@RedBarnStudio) June 19, 2019
I thought Fox was the “demonic network”? https://t.co/5LL9PLKNDY— Joanna (@booksyjojo) June 19, 2019
Yes, Satan did summon his minions but even they don't like him.???????????? https://t.co/u7fkD2y70F— MaryLouise ????????Mother of Unicorns???????? Torres (@Emmluu) June 19, 2019
Wait, when did QVC and HGTV endorse candidates? https://t.co/mcg4iH0zor— Steven Perez (@silas216) June 19, 2019
Satan, welcome to the resistance. https://t.co/AkqDITX1te— The People's Republic of Couch (@TheOtherPRC) June 19, 2019
That reminds me, I keep meaning to get around to joining a demonic network. Anyone know any good ones recruiting? https://t.co/TLQ8tHHBfy— higher, further, faster, more. (@kementari) June 19, 2019
Heaven must not have hired a good PR person, because the league of Hell are pretty good at this PR stuff. https://t.co/9L75pdhIfn— Michelle Kenneth (@MichelleKenneth) June 19, 2019
Dark forces in the Bevin camp, demonic networks here. Starting to think Satan might have gotten a bum wrap, you guys. https://t.co/uhfQYAmAP2— Weed’dale Robinson (@MinardiCeiling) June 19, 2019
Hi! I’m Michael! I’m part of a demonic network aligned against the president. Can I give you some literature? https://t.co/lQkyEaEq9X— Michael Sloane (@MichaelSloane) June 19, 2019
Finally, some good spiritual literature.