Donald Trump had the U.S. military fire tear gas at peaceful protesters outside the White House just to clear them out so he could stand in front of St. John’s church and hold a Bible upside down for a photo op. Not only is he facing sharp criticism and rebuke from all sides, he’s now getting slammed by the Bishop who oversees the church in question.
Mariann Budde, the Episcopal Bishop for the District of Columbia, told the media that Donald Trump had no business pulling the stunt, and that in particular he has no business invoking the Bible, because “everything he has said and done is to enflame violence.”
Then Bishop Michael Curry, who presides over the Episcopal Church, tweeted this: “This evening, the President of the United States stood in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church, lifted up a bible, and had pictures of himself taken. In so doing, he used a church building and the Holy Bible for partisan political purposes. This was done in a time of deep hurt and pain in our country, and his action did nothing to help us or to heal us.”
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report