Bachmann: 'God Raised Up' Donald Trump, Only Candidate Who Could Win
In a chilling interview with CBN News on Tuesday, former Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann — now a Trump advisor — said that God's sovereignty is revealed in Donald Trump, as the Most High elevated the one candidate who could win in November to be the Republican nominee. No, I am not making this up.
"At the end of the day God raised up, I believe, Donald Trump who was going to be the nominee in this election," Bachmann declared. "I don't think God sits things out. He's a sovereign God. Donald Trump became our nominee."
The former congresswoman added, "I think it's very likely that in the day that we live in, that Donald Trump is the only individual who could win in a general election of the 17 who ran." If any polling is reliable, this is flatly false. Throughout the primary, Trump polled worse against Clinton than any other candidate, especially in the last few months, when both Ted Cruz and John Kasich polled closer to (and indeed, higher than) Clinton, compared to Trump's dismal numbers.
(I have linked to the RealClearPolitics averages for each candidate against Clinton — it is important to note that polling stopped for Cruz and Kasich, so you have to compare these averages against the Trump average for the time in question, not the present. Trump's best numbers against Clinton came at times when both Cruz and Kasich did even better.)
Bachmann grounded her belief in Donald Trump's electoral superiority on the sovereignty of God. "This is one thing I know from the Book of Daniel: the bottom line of the Book of Daniel is this: it teaches us that the Most High God lifts up who He will and takes down who He will," Bachmann said. "Maybe I'm wrong, I don't know, but I do know that the Bible is true and that Daniel teaches the Most High God, which is one of God's names, is the one who lifts up who He will and takes down who He will."
Yes, Ms. Bachmann, God does elevate those He will and take down those He will. But that doesn't mean everyone who seizes political power is blessed by God. The Most High might have allowed Hitler to take over Germany, or Caligula to rule the Roman Empire, but that doesn't mean Hitler or Caligula were God's chosen rulers. Trump is neither Hitler nor Caligula, but his success does not prove God's blessing.
Indeed, the book of Daniel does describe God as deposing kings and rising up others (Daniel 2:21), and it also prophesies four kingdoms which will rule and be deposed (Daniel 7). Each of those kingdoms is prideful and horrible, but at the end of their reign comes "one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and people of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed."
Next Page: Does Bachmann think this passage prophesied Donald Trump? If so, she'll be sorely disappointed.