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Twitter Skewers Donald Trump For His Hypocritical National Day Of Prayer Address

by Tod Perry

May 4, 2018
Photo by Ninian Reid/Flickr.

Despite his many alleged moral and ethical transgressions, many of America’s most faithful have no trouble believing that Donald Trump is a man of God.

More than 4 in 5 white Evangelical Christians voted for Trump in the 2016 election, and he currently holds a 75% approval rating with the group, even though Trump’s adulterous behavior and disrespect toward women have been well-documented.  

Nowhere was this paradox more apparent than in the White House Rose Garden on May 3. After tweeting that he had reimbursed his lawyer, Michael Cohen, $130,000 for paying hush money to adult film star Stormy Daniels, Trump gave a National Day of Prayer address.

“Prayer has always been at the center of the American life. America is a nation of believers, and together we are strengthened by the power of prayer,” Trump said, with a straight face. He then signed a new executive order giving greater freedom to faith-based community organizations. 

Trump’s call for religious freedom doesn’t seem to apply to Muslims, a population that was restricted from traveling to the U.S. On April 30, Trump refused to apologize for his so-called Muslim ban; but at the Day of Prayer just four days later, he proclaimed the power of faith.   

“We take this step because we know that in solving the many many problems and our great challenges,” Trump said, “faith is more powerful than government and nothing is more powerful than god.”

After the event, a journalist yelled a question about the payment to Daniels and several attendees shouted “Shame on you!” to the reporter. 

To commemorate the day, the Republican Party tweeted a photo of a solemn, revenant God-fearing Trump.

But people on Twitter weren’t buying Trump’s act.  

Share image by Ninian Reid/Flickr.

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Twitter Skewers Donald Trump For His Hypocritical National Day Of Prayer Address