Trump Was Asked ‘What Jesus Is’ In A Recent Interview, His Response Made Him Look Like An Idiot (QUOTES)

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Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is now starting to pivot its focus toward the General Election, and one of the key constituent bases he will be coveting is right-wing Evangelical Christians. Yesterday he gave an interview to Evangelical pundit Cal Thomas, where he was asked “what Jesus is” in his view.

Trump told Thomas the following:

‘Jesus to me is somebody I can think about for security and confidence. Somebody I can revere in terms of bravery and in terms of courage and, because I consider the Christian religion so important, somebody I can totally rely on in my own mind.’

Trump characteristically made most of the discussion on faith in the interview revolve around how much support he gets from the Evangelical community. Perhaps unsurprisingly to anybody who can clearly tell he is pandering to followers of a faith tradition he clearly knows little about, his answers were about as self-serving and ego-driven as they come. One of the exchanges between him and Thomas tells all in this regard:

‘CT: Every president has called upon God at some point. Lincoln spoke of not being able to hold the office of the presidency without spending time on his knees. You have confessed that you are a Christian …

DT: And I have also won much evangelical support.

CT: Yes, I know that. You have said you never felt the need to ask for God’s forgiveness, and yet repentance for one’s sins is a precondition to salvation. I ask you the question Jesus asked of Peter: Who do you say He is?

DT: I will be asking for forgiveness, but hopefully I won’t have to be asking for much forgiveness. As you know, I am Presbyterian and Protestant. I’ve had great relationships and developed even greater relationships with ministers. We have tremendous support from the clergy. I think I will be doing very well during the election with evangelicals and with Christians.’

Thomas, while pushing the entirely false notion that one of America’s most revered presidents was an unambiguously devout Christian, brought up a talking point once notably stated by Trump’s former primary opponent, Ted Cruz, that a truly devout president would “begin everyday on his knees” before God; the point being that the fear of God is a central component to living faithfully.

Trump hilariously talked in the exact opposite terms, reasserting his overwhelming confidence that he and God are probably on good enough terms that he won’t need to be repenting for much. Maybe this is because God loves him so much, like Hispanics, Muslims, and women supposedly do as well.

To make Trump seem even more amusingly bad at pandering to his faith-based constituency, his assertion that Jesus is really just somebody to bolster his own sense of security and over-inflated confidence in himself — somebody that he can “rely on” in “his own mind” like a personal assistant whose sole job is to stroke his ego — is so out of touch with Thomas’s original claim of president’s “beginning on their knees” that it’s amazing any Christians see him as a leader guided by religious principles.

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