Donald Trump’s Fake ‘Religious Convictions’ Won’t Get Him Votes From Christian Right
by SHANNON BARBER –
The last thing most people think of when they think of Donald Trump is that he is overly religious. However, now that he is running for the GOP presidential nomination for the 2016 election, that’s what he wants people to think, nevermind whether it is true or not. However, his obviously fake “deeply held” Christian faith isn’t doing him any favors with the people he is putting the show on for in the first place: the Christian right.
It is essential to get votes from the far-right religious zealots in the Republican base to have a shot at winning the primary. Despite being the frontrunner to win the nomination at the moment, though, it seems that Trump just isn’t doing well with those people. This was painfully clear at the recent Values Voter Summit– you know that gathering of bigots from the right that happens every year, so that they can pick the candidate who is not only their version of the holiest, but the one who hates all the same groups of people they do.
The Donald got up to speak in front of this tough crowd, Bible in hand, and, according to Raw Story, they actually booed the primary frontrunner. The boos came when religious right darling Marco Rubio was referred to as a “clown” in Trump’s speech, but that was not his only misstep. That particular voting bloc wants to hear two things from their candidates: that they hate abortion in any and all cases, and that they hate gay people and want them to have no rights. Trump mentioned neither. Instead, he babbled about “religious freedom,” and Christmas, saying:
“The word ‘Christmas’ – I love Christmas. I love Christmas.
You go to stores now, you don’t see the word ‘Christmas’. It says ‘Happy Holidays’ all over. I say, ‘Where’s Christmas?’ I tell my wife: ‘Don’t go to those stores. I want to see Christmas. No, I want to see Christmas.’ And you know, other people can have their holidays, no. But Christmas is Christmas. I want to see ‘Merry Christmas’.
You’re going to see it if I get elected, I can tell you right now.”
How Trump intends to force businesses to stop respecting people of other faiths and no faith, I have no idea, but that is beside the point. Trump is not religious, at least not deeply so or on the level these people want him to be. He’s faking it, and badly, and they see it. One Values Voter Summit attendee, Hamilton, Virginia’s Tristan Miesner, said of Trump’s performance:
“I thought it was humorous that he brought his Bible up there. Clearly it hadn’t been seen since he was a little kid and he knew what he needed to impress this audience.”
As much as I vehemently disagree with anything and everything this Summit stands for, I gotta give her props for that one. She’s right on the money. Trump’s gonna have to brush up on his bible knowledge if he wants the votes from the far-right religious zealots.
Do your homework, Donald. Maybe Sarah Palin can help you study.
Reprinted with permission from Addicting Info