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Christian Extremists Compare RBG to Hitler, Celebrate Death of 'Mass Murdering Hag'

Newsweek logo Newsweek 9/23/2020 Tom Batchelor
a man sitting in a chair talking on a cell phone: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg participates in a discussion at the Georgetown University Law Center on February 10, 2020 in Washington, DC. Right-wing Christian pundits have used YouTube and blog posts to attack Ginsburg’s legacy. © Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg participates in a discussion at the Georgetown University Law Center on February 10, 2020 in Washington, DC. Right-wing Christian pundits have used YouTube and blog posts to attack Ginsburg’s legacy.

The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is being celebrated by televangelists and Christian-right internet preachers who claim her passing was an act of God designed to allow Donald Trump to install an anti-abortion justice on the Supreme Court.

Ginsburg died on Friday from pancreatic cancer, leaving a vacancy on the nine-justice panel that Trump has vowed to fill quickly despite opposition calls to delay the process until after the November election.

Right-wing Christian speakers have described her death as an opportunity to shift the balance on America's highest court—potentially putting the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling in jeopardy—while attacking her liberal legacy on reproductive rights.

Frank Amedia, who served on the president's 2016 campaign as a liaison for Christian policy and founded the pro-Trump POTUS Shield network, was among those suggesting Ginsburg's death had been celestially ordained.

"Last night during the POTUS Shield network prayer intercession, I made a desperate appeal to the Lord to rescue us, our nation, the church, and to hear the cry of the blood of the 60 million murdered children; and to answer quickly and NOW for HIS own name's sake. In less than one hour, the announcement of Ginsberg's [sic] passing came out," Amedia was quoted by his Touch Heaven Ministries Facebook page as saying during a September 20 sermon.

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Elsewhere on the internet, right-wing pundits and conspiracy theorists used YouTube and blog posts to attack Ginsburg's legacy.

Dave Daubenmire, a right-wing activist and online preacher, said: "Hitler condoned the killing of at least six million. Ginsburg, 60 million. Do you mourn Hitler's death? Who's more wicked?


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"If it wasn't a tragedy that Hitler died, why is it a tragedy that she died? She was wicked and destructive."

Intercessors for America, a pro-Trump prayer group, published a blog post describing Ginsburg as "the cat with nine lives"—referencing the ill health she had suffered in recent years—and urging its readers to "pray for a God-fearing, brave, and just judge who will uphold and defend the Constitution, as well as God's wisdom and values."

"Is this a new beginning for the Supreme Court and perhaps a turning point for our nation?" they asked.

Sheila Zilinsky, an evangelist and conspiracy theorist who claimed LeBron James was an "illuminati wizard," described Ginsburg as a "mass murdering hag" who "killed more babies & ruined more lives than Hitler, Mao & Stalin combined."

Republican Doug Collins, who represents Georgia's 9th district in the House of Representatives and is standing for the Senate in 2020, tweeted: "RIP to the more than 30 million innocent babies that have been murdered during the decades that Ruth Bader Ginsburg defended pro-abortion laws. With @realDonaldTrump nominating a replacement that values human life, generations of unborn children have a chance to live."

Following widespread criticism, Collins sought to justify his remarks, telling reporters he hoped Trump would appoint a Supreme Court replacement who would overturn Roe v. Wade, according to Channel 2, an ABC-affiliated news station based in Atlanta.

"The truth was about being honest about where we're going and what the president's going to do...Sometimes in life, there's just polite, and there's just the truth. That was the truth," he said.

"For me it was about focusing on what is ahead in this seat that I believe the president needs to fill, and fill quickly. There was nowhere in there where I was celebrating a death...I was making a statement."

Newsweek contacted Zilinsky, Daubenmire, Amedia and Intercessors for America for comment.

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