It looks like Donald Trump’s relationship with the Bible isn’t so different from his relationships with his supporters: He loves them. For now. Because they can get him closer to what he wants.
While speaking at Liberty University on Monday, Trump attempted to pander to his mostly conservative Christian audience by quoting the Bible.
“We’re going to protect Christianity,” Trump said. “I don’t have to be politically correct. We’re going to protect it.” Trump then added a Bible verse to support his point, a verse he called “Two Corinthians,” which earned some chuckles from the audience.
There’s no such thing as “Two Corinthians.” It’s Second Corinthians. Trump meant this verse: “Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”
Look, as someone who went through six years of Catholic school and had this stuff drilled into my head, let me just say that this is not some kind of common mistake. This is someone who really, truly doesn’t read the Bible.
This is also not the first time Trump has done this.
Watch Trump fumble around trying to explain why he loves the Bible in a sit-down interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network last September.
He cites a line in Proverbs that says, according to Trump, “Never bend to envy.” Only, no such line appears in Proverbs.
And let us not forget when Sarah Palin defended Donald Trump for not knowing what his favorite Bible verse was last August.
Performance art, truly.
Of course, Trump doesn’t actually care about the Bible. Something tells me he’d just as soon make a deal with the devil if it could win him the presidency. He just knows that the base he’s trying to attract cares about the Bible.
And for someone who claims to care about Christianity, he sure is breaking the Christian God’s commandment: “Thou shalt not tell a lie.” In Catholic school, you learn that one in the first grade.
But if Trump is looking for an actual Bible verse to contemplate, I’ve got one here: Matthew 19:24 — “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”