See below for Biblical significance
President-elect Donald Trump has given his first televised interview since winning the electoral vote – sitting on a gold throne.
CBS correspondent (and woman) Lesley Stahl was sent to interview Mr ‘Man of the People’ Trump at his penthouse in Trump Tower.
Rather unfortunately for his populist, down to earth, standing-up-for-the-little-guy rhetoric – already demonstrably ridiculous coming from a billionaire reality TV star – he and his family chose to appear seated on a set of bizarre golden thrones.
On Sunday indy100 published an article pointing out the incredible irony of the picture of Nigel Farage and Trump in his gold-plated lift.
While the gold thrones were distracting, it’s also worth noting what we actually learned from the interview itself.
Stahl questioned Trump on many of his most notorious campaign pledges, and he appeared to backtrack on several major issues
- For example, he will not be appointing a special prosecutor to investigate the Clintons. He says they are “good people” who he “doesn’t want to hurt”, which is somewhat of a change in tack from calling Hillary a “nasty woman” and Bill a rapist.
- Stahl asked Trump again whether he would be releasing his tax returns. His response? “The only one who cares is, you know, you and a few people that asked that question. Obviously, the public didn’t care because I won the election very easily.” (Actually, Trump lost the popular vote by a margin of over one million people.)
- Stahl also pointed out to Trump that he had, in the past, criticised lobbyists for “owning politicians because they give them money”. His current transition team is a panel of lobbyists, with a few of his older children thrown in for good measure – who owe him everything.
- Stahl pressed him on his plans to deport millions of immigrants from the country, and build a wall to stop others entering. He was then joined by his Slovenian-born wife, Melania.
- Melania reiterated that her cause of choice would probably be campaigning against bullying on social media. Her husband’s has, to date, directly insulted almost 300 people and indirectly offended millions with his astonishingly inappropriate tweeting.
- Trump said again: “We’re going to knock out Isis.” Stahl replied: “Now, how are you going to do that?” Trump snapped: “I don’t tell you that. […] Why do I have to tell you that? […] I don’t want to tell anybody anything.”
The bible has the following to say:
1 Samuel 8
“Give us a king to judge us.” So Samuel prayed to the Lord. 7 And the Lord said to Samuel, “Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them.
10 So Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who asked him for a king. 11 And he said, “This will be the behavior of the king who will reign over you: He will take your sons and appoint them for his own chariots and to be his horsemen, and some will run before his chariots.12 He will appoint captains over his thousands and captains over his fifties, will set some to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and someto make his weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. 13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers, cooks, and bakers. 14 And he will take the best of your fields, your vineyards, and your olive groves, and give them to his servants. 15 He will take a tenth of your grain and your vintage, and give it to his officers and servants. 16 And he will take your male servants, your female servants, your finest young men,[a] and your donkeys, and put them to his work. 17 He will take a tenth of your sheep. And you will be his servants. 18 And you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, and the Lord will not hear you in that day.”
19 Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, “No, but we will have a king over us, 20 that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles.”
21 And Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he repeated them in the hearing of the Lord. 22 So the Lord said to Samuel, “Heed their voice, and make them a king.”