While the nation seems to be focusing on Sunday night’s Democratic Debate, Republican front-runner Donald Trump held another rally in Lynchburg, Virginia. In his address to Liberty University students on Martin Luther King Day, he called on Christians to “band together” and “unify”, as stated by Politico.
It’s obvious that this message was an attempt to attract evangelicals on his side, since they’re an important Republican group, especially in Iowa, the state where he and Ted Cruz are very close in polls, with just a few days left until the February 1 caucuses.
Christians must unite!
“Christianity, it’s under siege,” said Donald Trump, who at one point bungled a scriptural citation. “We don’t band together. Other religions, frankly, they’re banding together … we have to unify.”
Also, he made a reference to the fact that Liberty University, the place where the rally was held, was founded by Jerry Falwell Sr. in 1971, a model for the nation. “You’ve banded together. You’ve created one of the great universities,” he said. “Our country has to do that around Christianity, so get together, folks.” Despite this statement, the university’s current president, Jerry Falwell Jr., said he doesn’t support Donald Trump.
“He is not a puppet on a string like many other candidates who have wealthy donors as their puppet masters,” said Falwell, referring to Trump’s latest attack against Ted Cruz. “The American public is finally ready to elect a candidate who is not a career politician.”
Mr. Falwell said that he is friends with Donald Trump and his adviser, Michael Cohen, since 2012, when the businessman first spoke at the University.
Is Trump a good Christian?
Even though the Republican doesn’t seem to be your average Christian candidate, Falwell assured the students that Trump actually has a list of good deeds, about which the media doesn’t know: saving a basketball tournament in Harlem, helping business affected by the outsourcing of a Maytag plant or even paying off the mortgage of a couple who helped him fix a car.
“Donald Trump lives a life of loving and helping others, as Jesus taught in the New Testament,” Falwell said.
During his discourse, Donald Trump said that his plan is to “protect Christianity”, also mentioning that the Islamic State is a real threat.
Lately, he seems to do as much as possible in order to attract Christian voters. This Monday, during the rally, he even tried to cite the scripture. “Two Corinthians 3:17, that’s the whole ballgame,” said Trump referring to a Bible verse favored on campus that says, “Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”
Of course, his rivals spotted the mistake immediately, claiming that Christians cite the book as “Second Corinthians”, not “Two Corinthians”, says Politico.
Finally, after finishing his discourse about uniting religions, Donald Trump didn’t mention anything about his rivals, not even about Ted Cruz.