Donald Trump is being called out for some possible pandering over his recent comments on Scripture. For the last few months one of Donald Trump’s constant refrains on the campaign trail has been about his love of the Bible. Speaking of the Bible, Trump told the Christian Broadcasting Network in an interview, “There’s so many things that you can learn from it. Proverbs, the chapter ‘never bend to envy.’ I’ve had that thing all of my life where people are bending to envy.”
CNN heard the quote and wondered exactly where he found it, so they did some digging… and found nothing. Literally nothing. There is no verse in Proverbs, or the rest of the Bible, that says any such thing. Proverbs does mention envy, but as CNN points out, it says nothing about “never bend to envy.” While Trump tells anyone who will listen that his favorite book is the Bible, he refuses to name in verse in particular.
“I wouldn’t want to get into it. Because to me, that’s very personal,” he told Bloomberg news last month. “The Bible means a lot to me, but I don’t want to get into specifics.”
Trump continued by calling the Bible “incredible” and comparing it to a “great movie.”
“The Bible is special. The Bible, the more you see it, the more you read it, the more incredible it is. I don’t like to use this analogy, but like a great movie, a great, incredible movie. You’ll see it once it will be good. You’ll see it again. You can see it 20 times and every time you’ll appreciate it more. The Bible is the most special thing,” Trump told CBN’s David Brody.
I hate to say it, but this is what Mr. Trump has been doing on a whole host of issues for months. He says he “wants to make America great again.” He says that “our leaders are terrible.” However, when it comes to telling America his plans for the future or his ideas to fix the country, he’s incredibly light on details. In fact most of his speeches are strikingly similar to President Obama’s – heavy on over-the-top rhetoric, light on specifics.
He’s using his faux-interest in Christianity as a bit of trickery, the way an illusionist uses his props to distract his audience from what he’s actually doing. It seems that many evangelicals in the GOP are willing to buy his exaggerations, simply because they are desperate for anything that doesn’t stink of Washington, D.C. Sadly, Trump is as tied into the Washington swamp as any of the other politicians trying to win the White House.