A chaotic scene unfolded when a heckler began shouting during a Los Angeles fundraiser for President Barack Obama at the House of Blues on Monday evening.
The man behind the verbal attack positioned himself in front of the stage and began shouting over Obama’s speech. In response, the president stopped talking, making the man’s comments more than audible. The heckler, who was booed by the crowd, said:
“The Christian God is the only and only true living God. The creator of heaven and the universe.
Jesus Christ is God! Jesus Christ is God! Jesus Christ is God! Jesus Christ is the son of God!
“You’re the antichrist!”
The crowd’s response? The well-known “four more years” chant was loudly uttered to block out the man’s religious shouts. Security swiftly responded by throwing the man out of the event.
Interestingly, Obama said the following during the awkward experience: “First of all, I agree Jesus Christ is the Lord. I believe in that.” This was yet another example of the president reiterating his Christian faith for the audience.
Interestingly, the anti-Christ has been making his way into the headlines. On Monday, Matthew Avery Sutton wrote the following in a New York Times piece called, “Why the Antichrist Matters in Politics”:
For some evangelicals, President Obama is troubling. The specious theories about his place of birth, his internationalist tendencies, his measured support for Israel and his Nobel Peace Prize fit their long-held expectations about the Antichrist. So does his commitment to expanding the reach of government in areas like health care.
In 2008, the campaign of Senator John McCain, the Republican nominee, presciently tapped into evangelicals’ apocalyptic fears by producing an ad, “The One,” that sarcastically heralded Mr. Obama as a messiah. Mr. McCain was onto something. Not since Roosevelt have we had a president of charisma and global popularity, who so perfectly fits the evangelicals’ Antichrist mold.
Below, watch MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell explore these issues in detail:
The Associated Press contributed to this report.