Earlier this year, political commentator Bill Maher confronted the push of American evangelicals to raise Trump as a modern-day Cyrus. On his HBO show Real Time with Bill Maher, Maher argued that it would be absurd to equate Trump to such a figure, but, if we look at the facts, we can see how obvious the signs and similarities are between the president and American singer-songwriter Miley Cyrus.
The film The Trump Prophecy explains this belief of evangelicals through random person Mark Taylor’s revelation in 2011 that Donald Trump would become president and save us all. Since this film is not on Netflix and I’m not going to spend $3.99 to watch it elsewhere, I can only infer what the prophecy was. As far as I know, it came into the mind of Taylor as the music video for Cyrus’ hit song “Wrecking Ball,” but with Trump as Cyrus (pictured above).
It took Taylor several years to interpret this vision, as “Wrecking Ball” had not even existed in 2011. But, as time went on, the signs began to reveal themselves. Both Cyrus and Trump were previously television celebrities, starring in Hannah Montana and The Apprentice, respectively. In 2008, lude photos of Cyrus appeared in Vanity Fair; in 2016, a lude audio clip of Trump talking with Billy Bush also appeared in various media outlets. Cyrus sang “Party in the U.S.A.”; Trump was to be president of the U.S.A. Cyrus had previous difficulties in her relationship with Liam Hemsworth; Trump was divorced twice. Through all this, Taylor finally understood the omen of Trump’s future presidency. Evangelicals quickly latched onto this prophecy, championing Trump as the next Cyrus. But why did they support this vision?
In recent times, evangelical Christians feel constantly threatened by the increasing secularism of the United States. Decreasing church attendance, a lowered sense of “spirituality,” and dwindling profits for Chick-fil-A all exemplify this fear of the fall of religion in American society.
As we have clearly seen from her performance at the 2013 Video Music Awards, Cyrus is able to act in ways most cannot. This is exactly what evangelicals want from a leader: not a president, but a performer. In this, they see Trump as one who doesn’t need to follow the rules and, thus, is able to save them from the possible secular future. With authoritarianism, Trump becomes the law, and is able to bring about the heavenly, abortion-less world of which evangelicals could previously only dream.
Bill Maher was entirely wrong in his denial of the logic behind evangelicals’ backing of the prophecy of Trump as the next Cyrus. The next Miley is coming, and there’s nothing we can do to stop it, so you can either jump on the bandwagon, or brace yourself to be run over by it.