Let us say God has anointed Trump this way. So, what of it? God anointed King Saul as well – and if Trump has a biblical analog, it will be King Saul. Saul the anointed, the Saul who was a bad king, the Saul who disobeyed and angered God. Saul the fool.
Always be Closing
Understanding Trump's communication and the basic function of his rhetorical appeal through speech codes is helpful. Trump depicted a nation where things are bad and going to get worse with the use of restricted code. That is unless he assumed control. Trump did this by avoiding standard political rhetorical flourishes. Trump's speech hits many of the usual Republican notes, though it also appears inelegant. Nevertheless, it resonated with his base. Past the superficial level, his announcement speech is remarkable for what it accomplishes.
Book of (Political) Lamentations
On September 1, 2022, President Joe Biden delivered a red-tinted Jeremiad. He gave the speech from the closest thing American politics permit to secular-sacred ground. That is Independence Hall in Philadelphia (CSPAN, 2022). The reaction to the speech has obscured the speech itself. But that is the standard operating procedure for American political discourse.
Politics isn’t church-talk
On Aug 11, 2022, Texas gubernatorial candidate Robert "Beto" O'Rourke swore at a man attending one of his campaign events. More specifically, a man heckled O'Rourke during an event in Mineral Wells. This heckling came as laughter when O'Rourke addressed the murder of children at Uvalde. O'Rourke swore in response (The Dallas Morning News, 2022).