Far-right pseudo historian David Barton is, by all appearances, “seriously considering” a primary campaign against Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas). And if Barton follows through, the treasure trove of quotes will be practically limitless.
For example, my friend Kyle Mantyla flagged an interview between Barton and televangelist Kenneth Copeland, which will reportedly air sometime this week, in which they argue that abortion rights can lead to supernatural punishment.
Once “you open the door to killing,” Barton added, “it’s got a lot of different manifestations” because the nation immediately falls under the judgment of God as He removes his protection and “whap, here comes storms like we’ve never seen before and here comes floods and here comes climate stuff that we can’t explain; all of the hot times and all the cold times and not enough rain and too much rain and we’re flooding over here and we’ve got droughts over here … And today we’re saying ‘oh no, it’s global warming.” No, we opened a door that lost God’s protection over our environment and that’s our choice.”
As one my colleagues joked today, the good news is David Barton kinda sorta believes global warming is the result of human activity.
Sure, he doesn’t mean human activity in the sense of carbon pollution, but by the standards of the extremist fringe, at least he’s not denying that global warming is real, right?