We’ve all been well aware of Donald Trump’s phony and downright embarrassing attempts to be a Christian. He only does it to pander to the evangelicals in his base who would never vote Democrat anyway, and usually reveals his astounding ignorance about even the most basic tenets of religion whenever he does – like his inability to cite a favorite biblical passage (which is supposedly his favorite book), or his inability to even understand what the holiday of Easter is supposed to represent.
Trump’s train wreck of a photo op in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church where he proved he didn’t even know how to hold a book is probably the best way to sum up his religious views: his pretend piety taking precedence over the civil liberties and safety of peaceful protesters he wouldn’t even meet with.
So it was pretty bizarre when Trump felt the need on Thursday to attack Joe Biden with the threat that he would somehow hurt God and the Bible if he were elected president. This really makes no sense to a person of faith – since one is a book with numerous translations and the other is a divine being who can’t be harmed by a U.S. president. It came off as a sorry attempt to remix his greatest hit where he accused President Obama of being a secret Muslim. He probably wasn’t anticipating the Biden campaign to pay any attention at all, but they did – and they decided to go there.
“Trump is the only president in our history to have tear-gassed peaceful Americans and thrown a priest out of his church just so he could profane it — and a Bible — for his own cynical optics,” said Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates in a press release, while re-asserting that Biden is a practicing Catholic. Trump’s attempt to make Biden look bad backfired spectacularly. Trump is now at a point where he’s doing all he can to hold his own base together, and even that is falling apart in a bizarre and embarrassing fashion.
James Sullivan is the assistant editor of Brain World Magazine and an advocate of science-based policy making