Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump
recently told a group of evangelical Christians
gathered in Florida that being a good president is
“the only way I’m going to get to Heaven.”
Speaking before hundreds of evangelicals
Thursday at an Orlando event sponsored by the
American Renewal Project, Trump told those
gathered that they must do “whatever you can do.”
“This will be an election that will go down in the
history books and for evangelicals, for the
Christians, for everybody, for everybody of religion,
this will be maybe the most important election that
our country has ever had,” said Trump.
“So go out and spread the word and once I get in, I
will do my thing that I do very well. And I figure it’s
probably maybe the only way I’m going to get to
heaven. So I better do a good job. Okay? Thank
Trump also clarified to those gathered in Orlando
his previous comments calling President Barack
Obama and Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton the
“founders of ISIS.”
“I made the statement before that Barack Obama
and Hillary Clinton, these are the founders of ISIS.
These are the founders of ISIS because of bad
judgment,” added Trump.
“I said they get the most valuable player award.
ISIS is going to present them with the most valuable
player award, you know? Like in high school. Most
During his controversial run for president, Trump
has made several awkward comments before
conservative Christian audiences.
Months back at a speech he delivered at Liberty
University, Trump among other things, referred to
Second Corinthians as “Two Corinthians.”
“He mispronounced a book of the Bible. He cursed
— twice. And on Martin Luther King Day, the GOP
presidential candidate said he was honoring the
slain civil rights leader by dedicating to him the
record crowds he says he drew for the school’s
opening convocation,” reported NPR in January.
“Students in the room snickered and laughed, and
advisers to two of Trump’s top rivals, Texas Sen.
Ted Cruz and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, were quick
to point out the gaffe on Twitter.”
Trump’s remarks at the American Renewal Project
gathering in Orlando come not long after he
referred to Hillary Clinton as “the devil.”
Speaking at a campaign rally in Mechanicsburg,
Pennsylvania earlier this month, Trump argued that
former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie
Sanders should have refused to work with Clinton
and Democratic Party leadership due to their
treatment of him.
“[Bernie] made a bad deal. He should have not
made a deal. He would have gone down as
[having] done something really important,” said Trump.
“This guy has buyer’s remorse. He looked at that
and he was so angry when they were talking about
him and his people are angry at him and they
Trump then added that Sanders should have
refused to help Clinton and that Sanders “made a
deal with the devil. She’s the devil.”
Trump has claimed that he is a Presbyterian
Christian, but also says he has never asked God for
forgiveness because he hasn’t done anything
wrong that needs forgiving.