Donald Trump: a real Christian? The cracks in the facade are widening, I’m afraid.
Throughout his campaign for president, Trump has consistently billed himself to the American people as a man of God—a Presbyterian, specifically, who likes evangelicals a whole lot. “I love the Bible. Nothing beats the Bible,” he told a crowd in Iowa last August. “I am an evangelical. I’m a Christian. I’m a Presbyterian,” he said, confusingly, to another crowd of Iowans in December.
Way back in July, The Washington Post points out, he even told Iowans that he often takes Holy Communion in order to get right with God. “When I drink my little wine—which is about the only wine I drink—and have my little cracker, I guess that is a form of asking for forgiveness, and I do that as often as possible because I feel cleansed,” he said.
But according to a report from the Associated Press, Donald Trump doesn’t know his ass from his elbow once he gets inside a church. While attending services at a nondenominational church in Council Bluffs, Iowa, yesterday, Trump got confused when it came time to take communion:
He, his wife, Melania, and two staffers took communion when it was passed. But Trump, momentarily confused, mistook the silver plates circulated around the auditorium and dug several bills out of his pocket.
“I thought it was for offering,” he said with a laugh to his staff.
He contributed several minutes later when the offering plates were passed.
A NBC News/Survey Monkey poll released last week shows that Trump has the support of 37 percent of white evangelicals nationally, leading the Republican field by a mile. He sure appreciates that. On Saturday, his campaign released a video titled, “Christian Values,” in which Trump holds up a Bible and thanks “the evangelicals” for their support.