A reading from the Book of Matthew, chapter 16, verse 26. The 17 words contained in that Biblical passage is all it took for Harry Potter author and Twitter extraordinaire J.K. Rowling to deliver a succinct, withering assessment of Vice President Mike Pence’s moral fiber. Rowling, who has previously burned Pence’s boss on Twitter, took to the social media platform Sunday to make a comment on the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban on citizens from seven majority-Muslim nations. She was referring back to Trump’s infamous call for a “complete and total shutdown” of Muslims entering the U.S. in the wake of the deadly terror attack in San Bernardino, California, on December 2, 2015.
Within hours of Trump making the statement five days after the attack, then-Indiana Governor Mike Pence fired out a tweet, declaring, “Calls to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. are offensive and unconstitutional.” That was long before Pence would become Trump’s running mate and, ultimately, find himself a heartbeat away from the presidency.
Rowling’s New Testament selection, accompanied by a link to Pence’s December 2015 tweet, cut right to the heart of Pence’s apparent metamorphosis on the issue: “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?”
Ouch. The tweet has been retweeted more than 27,000 times as of this writing. Enough said.
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