“I’m a religious person,” said Donald Trump in reply to a question at the Family Leadership Summit.
Even President Obama seems more comfortable talking about his faith than Donald Trump. Notice that I didn’t say that he seemed uncomfortable when he’s talking about religion or even the Bible. On those topics, he seems much more comfortable to the point that when he declares that the Bible is his favorite book, it sounds very much like a line from a sales pitch, pointing to his fans and giving thumbs up accordingly. As one Twitter user put it, he’s pandering.
Then, there’s the strangely not-famous line about how personal the Bible is to him and that he doesn’t want to quote a favorite Bible verse or two. I can respect the idea of keeping a personal faith personal, particularly in an election, but his discomfort over the question is conspicuous. It doesn’t take a behavioral scientist to catch the fact that he’s not saying what he’s saying from a perspective of religious conviction but rather out of fear and unpreparedness. He is smart enough to keep this same story going (too personal) but it also wouldn’t be a shocker if he’s able to pull out a couple of memorized Bible verses the next time he’s asked.
Again, there are those who simply weren’t fooled.
Trump answering Qs about the Bible reminds me of kids answering Qs about the reading they didn't do in high school https://t.co/sJCZWbMl3B
— Hunter Schwarz (@hunterschwarz) August 28, 2015
When asked if he actively goes to church or “just when you can,” Trump took the answer that was given to him in the question and then turned briefly uncomfortable with his own response. He is very aware that people will be checking up on anything he says, so he is cautious with his responses while trying to highlight the “positives” of always going… twice a year.
Even self-proclaimed “libertarian RINO heathen” Chris Barron noticed a problem.
I go to church more than Trump and I am a heathen! Seriously evangelicals would consider voting for this clown? https://t.co/HMZ9mWbdrT
— Chris Barron (@ChrisRBarron) July 21, 2015
Donald Trump is a political outsider who isn’t afraid to speak his mind and who has some good conservative ideas. However, he’s not the type of person who can truly lead this country even if you take his questionable faith out of the equation. With it in the equation (as it should be for many of us), he’s arguably the most dangerous potential President on either side of the fence.
Do we believe that he'll let faith in & following of Jesus Christ lead him as president? "I don't bring God into it." http://t.co/BZUg94uF5e
— Marty Wages (@marty_mcfly79) August 28, 2015
His discomfort with the topic isn’t just palpable. It’s scary to think that he might just be able to pull the wool over so many Republicans’ eyes.