Trump secretly ridiculed Christian supporters, aide says
Sources close to President Donald Trump said he is not religious and mocked those of the Christian, Mormon, and Jewish faith
President Donald Trump is being accused of making unsavory comments about various religious groups from Christians, Mormons, and those of Jewish faith.
The Atlantic recently published a piece detailing the president’s alleged true feelings about religion. According to the story, those closest to him say despite photos taken with religious leaders and claiming Presbyterian Christianity, he isn’t religious at all. Trump is known for praising various religious leaders but according to sources, he doesn’t much care for them.
“Whenever I see a picture of him standing in a group of pastors, all of their hands on him, I see a thought bubble [with] the words ‘What suckers,’” he allegedly said.
Back in 2017, per Vanity Fair, Trump was asked what should be done about antisemitism and he responded, “I am the least anti-Semitic person that you’ve ever seen in your entire life.”
However, on a recent phone call with Jewish lawmakers he sang a difference tune. The Washington Post reported Trump said Jews, “are only in it for themselves.”
Trump didn’t just allegedly speak out against Jewish folks. Despite his son Donald Trump Jr. attempts to align himself with the Mormon faith by reading from The Book of Mormon and connecting himself with high religious officials in the church of Latter-day Saints, Trump believed Sen. Mitt Romney’s connection to the faith cost him the 2012 election. Romney is a loyal member of the faith and according to Trump, Christians didn’t support the senator because of his affiliation.
In 2015, Trump told a reporter in Greenville, S.C. that he is a Presbyterian Protestant and attends Marble Collegiate Church located on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. According to Michael Cohen, Trump’s former longtime attorney, he viewed certain preachers as “hustlers,” and said that a pastor who prayed over him was “full of shit.”
Although the article is comprised of sources who claim the president has skepticism about religion, a spokesperson from the White House rebuffed the claims to the Atlantic.
“People of faith know that President Trump is a champion for religious liberty and the sanctity of life, and he has taken strong actions to support them and protect their freedom to worship. The president is also well known for joking and his terrific sense of humor, which he shares with people of all faiths.”
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