In response to former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon’s cutthroat speech at the Value Voter’s Summit, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough likened the Christians who hosted and attended the gathering to false prophets.
“They will know them by their fruits,” said Scarborough, quoting Matthew 7:16 — a Bible verse that warns followers of Christ to “beware of false teachers, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.”
“Steve Bannon is [the fruit] they are known by now, Donald Trump is what they are known by now,” added the Morning Joe host.
Value Voters Summit is an annual gathering that serves as one of the foremost platforms for right-wing evangelical views. It is hosted by the Family Research Council — a hardline socially conservative organization — and Christian political activists, politicians, and notable figures attend and speak at the event.
Scarborough’s full comments on the evangelicals involved with the summit went as follows:
“Who are these people at this so-called [Value Voter’s Summit], that give Steve Bannon a hero’s welcome and a standing ovation? Who are these people and what is so important to them that they would let their children see them standing up at something called a Value Voter’s summit praising Steve Bannon. They will be known by their fruits — and Steve Bannon is what they are known by now, Donald Trump is what they are known by now.”
While speaking there, Bannon used his platform to boost his so-called “WAR” against moderate Republicans and establishment conservatism. He attacked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Republican Senators Bob Corker of Tennessee, Dean Heller of Nevada, Deb Fischer of Nebraska, and John Barrasso of Wyoming — all of whom have been somewhat critical of the president.
Since his ousting at the White House, Bannon has devoted his time — and his website Breitbart News — to attacking moderate Republicans in the hopes of ousting them with nationalistic, Trump-esque candidates in 2018 or 2020.
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