2. Golf. a shot not counted against the score, permitted in unofficial play to a player whose previous shot was poor.It's a "free pass" in a sense - something you get to "do over."
And this is how Donald Trump got one this week. Politico reports:
Donald Trump is still the answer to many conservative evangelical leaders’ prayers. Or at least to their continuing grievances.See? A "do-over."
They embrace Trump the policymaker, despite being uneasy about Trump as a man, says Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, a prominent evangelical activist group.
Perkins knows about Stormy Daniels, the porn actress who claimed, in a 2011 interview, that in 2006 she had sex with Trump four months after his wife, Melania, gave birth to their son, Barron. He knows of the reports that Daniels (real name: Stephanie Clifford) was paid off to keep the affair quiet in the waning weeks of the 2016 election. He knows about the cursing, the lewdness and the litany of questionable behavior over the past year of Trump’s life or the 70 that came before it.
“We kind of gave him—‘All right, you get a mulligan. You get a do-over here,’” Perkins told me in an interview for the latest episode of POLITICO’s Off Message podcast.
Weigh a paid-off porn star against being the first president to address the March for Life live via video feed, and a lot of evangelical leaders insist they can still walk away happy.
So even though Trump had unprotected sex with a woman who was not his wife and then paid her to keep that information from the public (which would include all those evangelicals who somehow still support him), they can still "walk away happy" if he's on their anti-choice side.
By my count, Trump has broken these Commandments:
- Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery (this is the unprotected sex with a woman he wasn't married to)
- Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness Against Thy Neighbor (this is the payoff to keep it a secret)
- Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor's Wife (Ok, so technically Stephanie Clifford wasn't married at the time, but if you read her description of Trump's reaction to her, there was a lot of coveting)
As much as I might disagree with him on anything else, former RNC chair Michael Steele has it exactly right:
"When it comes down to giving Trump a pass, some top evangelical leaders are turning a blind eye to his past discretions and came to his defense following recent reports about his alleged affair with adult film star Stormy Daniels,” host Chris Matthews explained.This will have to be a question for anyone who attended the March or any religious conservative who still supports Trump:
“I have very simple admonition: just shut the hell up and don’t preach to me about anything ever again,” Steele suggested.
“After telling me who to love, what to believe, what to do and what not to do and now you sit back and the prostitutes don’t matter, the grabbing the you-know-what doesn’t matter, the outright behavior and lies don’t matter, just shut up!” Steele blasted.
“They have no voice of authority anymore for me,” Steele concluded.
How can you still support this man? Are the 10 Commandments negotiable?
Burden is on you, my friends, to explain your selves out of this seeming hypocrisy.