Donald Trump has consistently tried to woo votes from the evangelical Christian crowd, and he’s been rather successful. The irony inherent in the situation is that he’s never been much of a morally upstanding person himself — to put it lightly. According to a new book from Trump’s former longtime “fixer” Michael Cohen, Trump referred to evangelical Christian beliefs about prayer as “bullshit” shortly after meeting with a group of evangelical leaders at Trump Tower before his 2016 election win. The revelation doesn’t exactly come as a shock in light of Trump’s public behavior — he’s rarely even stepped foot in a church, it seems.
‘Cohen writes that before winning the presidency, Trump held a meeting at Trump Tower with prominent evangelical leaders, where they laid their hands on him in prayer. Afterward, Trump allegedly said: “Can you believe that bulls–t? Can you believe people believe that bulls–t?” “The cosmic joke was that Trump convinced a vast swathe of working-class white folks in the Midwest that he cared about their well-being,” Cohen writes. “The truth was that he couldn’t care less.”’
“Trump held a meeting at Trump Tower with prominent evangelical leaders, where they laid their hands on him in prayer. Afterward, Trump allegedly said: ‘Can you believe that bullshit? Can you believe people believe that bullshit?’”
— Helen Kennedy (@HelenKennedy) September 6, 2020
Cohen’s allegation that Trump “couldn’t care less” about the concerns of working-class Americans isn’t exactly far-fetched. What has Trump done while in office that has actually benefited working-class Americans? A big part of his 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was a tax cut for high-earners. He has put American businesses on the rocks over and over with his incessant, punitive trade war with China. Amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, which has hamstrung the economy, Trump has most recently been seemingly spending more time golfing than working on negotiations over a potential new economic relief package — although on Sunday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin did claim that the president supports further economic relief.
Cohen’s book is coming out after he was sentenced to three years in prison for crimes including his role in an illegal hush money scheme targeting women with whom Trump had affairs. Cohen was released to home confinement amidst concerns about the spread of the Coronavirus in prisons, and after he protested against a term of his home confinement agreement that would have barred the book’s publication, he was taken back into custody. A federal judge subsequently ruled that Cohen’s re-jailing had been punitive and freed him.