Donald Trump offers insight into the type of president he would be: one who advocates for Christians over people of other faiths, or of no faith at all.
In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, billionaireÂ Donald Trump suggested he would ignore the First Amendment tenets of separation of church and state ands favor Christians over all other people.
"The Christians are being treated horribly because we have nobody to represent the Christians," Trump told CBN's David Brody. "Believe me, if I run and I win, I will be the greatest representative of the Christians they've had in a long time."
Brody had asked Trump about his message to conservative Christians.
"What is your message to them on religious liberty and on religious freedom?," Brody queried.
"Well, itâ€™s a very big message," Trump, who turns 69 next month, in his usual manner, responded. "As you know, I am Protestant. I am Presbyterian. Most people donâ€™t know that. They have no idea. Iâ€™m proud of it. Iâ€™m very proud of it."
The Tea Party Republican was speaking primarily about the Middle East, and falsely claimed that Middle Eastern "Christians can't come into this country."
"One of the things I learned this weekend being in Iowa," Trump said, "I met with a lot of national security experts and everything else, that if you're a Christian living in Syria you can't come into this country. Yet, if you are a Muslim living in Syria, who are not under attack, they can come in."
Calling Trump's analysis of the situation in the Middle East "total bullshit,"Â Ed Brayton offers this explanation:
"There is nothing preventing Christians from Syria or Iraq from getting refugee status in the United States, any more than any other group. We donâ€™t grant asylum to nearly enough refugees, but it has nothing to do with whether theyâ€™re Muslim or Christian. He didnâ€™t 'learn' that in Iowa, he swallowed a lie and continues to repeat it."
Video and screenshot viaÂ CBNÂ News/The Brody File