Bob Jones, in Greenville, South Carolina, is a niche school.Indeed, you may have only heard of it if you’re from a Christian fundamentalist background or follow that subculture closely. Although its discriminatory policies preceded desegregation, historian Randall Balmer has noted that it lost its non-profit status due to President Nixon’s crackdown on so-called “segregation academies.” (Among those segregation academies: Jerry Falwell’s Lynchburg Christian School.) Bob Jones received numerous warnings from the federal government and ignored each of them, but when the IRS finally rescinded its status the religious right reacted with outrage, as Balmer recounts: As Elmer L.But what’s even more ridiculous is this alleged conversation with his accountant.If this conversation really happened, Trump’s accountant is the worst accountant in America—a number-cruncher who isn’t able to parse even basic economic information. Just like Trump’s friend “Jim,” who complained that Paris used to be great but now has too many Muslims, his accountant, who we could call “Jim 2,” exists to make an outrageous point seem plausible.It’s embedded deep into the movement’s rhetoric and political priorities.
“That was really the major issue that got us all involved.”Bob Jones ended its ban a mere 17 years ago—right before then-President George W. Evangelicals still fear secular interference with sacred affairs.
But in states without large numbers of college-educated whites, a campaign of the sort Gillespie ran could win.
The congressional GOP’s agenda is enormously unpopular; so is Donald Trump.
What’s more, as the Financial Times points out, regional carbon pricing would be “a counterforce to the Trump administration’s reversal” of the Paris agreement—just another way states are taking the climate fight into their own hands in the face of Trump’s inaction.
Tuesday saw some smaller environmental victories, too.