Donald Trump for weeks has been claiming the Bible is his favorite book, yet he refuses to quote a single passage of scripture.
“I believe very, very strongly. Iâ€™m a big believer in the Bible,” Donald Trump told a radio host last week. It wasn’t the first time he brought up the Bible, which he says is his favorite book. “The Bible! Nothing beats the Bible,” Trump said earlier this month. He’s even had the audacity to claim, “I go out of my way to use the word Christmas.”
So, when Trump was interviewed this afternoon by Bloomberg Politics reporters Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, and asked a perfectly reasonable question about his “favorite” book, which “nothing beats,” he refused to answer.
“I’m wondering what one or two of your favorite Bible verses are,” Halperin inquired.
“Well, I wouldn’t want to get into it,” Trump said, “because to me that’s very personal.”
“You know when I talk about the Bible it’s very personal,” Trump continued.
“There’s no verse you that means a lot to you that you think about or cite?,” Halperin pushed.
“The Bible means a lot to me but I don’t want to get into specifics,” Trump insisted.
“Even to cite a verse you like?,” Halperin offered.
“No. I don’t want to do that,” Trump concluded.
John Heilemann interjected, asking, “Old Testament guy or New testament guy?”
“Probably equal,” Trump responded.Â
Mark Halperin asked Donald Trump his favorite Bible verse and Trump couldn’t name one https://t.co/QGlcaKDati
â€” Reid J. Epstein (@reidepstein) August 26, 2015
Folks on Twitter were quick to comment:
Dear Trump Supporters, This is what happened: Trump pandered to crowd about the Bible being his favorite book & got caught. Â¯\_(ãƒ„)_/Â¯
â€” T (@FirstTeamTommy) August 26, 2015
â€œ@ABCPolitics: Donald Trump declines to name favorite his Bible verse: “It’s very personal.”â€ Probably the “begats” rate high with him! 🙂
â€” Kim Campbell (@AKimCampbell) August 26, 2015
@ABCPolitics LMAO!!!! He’s never cracked the book in his entire life. Everyone should know that.
â€” iMoore (@imoore8904) August 26, 2015
I bet Trump has the classiest, most luxurious Bible ever.
â€” Dan Isett (@DanIsett) August 26, 2015
“John 3:16 is the classiest Bible verse ever.”-Trump tomorrow, probably. https://t.co/AEHbSW5Alx
â€” Brian Baranowski (@BBaranowski) August 26, 2015
PRICELESS: Trump can’t cite one of his favorite Bible verses. Not one. Favorite book? https://t.co/sAHyOw4oFQ
â€” KRenner (@KRenner2) August 26, 2015
The idea that Trump has ever sat down and read the Bible is insanity.
â€” Patrick (@PatHam21) August 26, 2015
â€” Mary Evans (@granmary7235) August 26, 2015
For the record, yours truly last night was hoping this question would get asked. It’s a start:
For the love of God, some journalist must ask Trump to list the 10 Commandments, in order, and quote a half-dozen lines from scripture. #p2
â€” David Badash (@davidbadash) August 25, 2015
Finally, Trump’s “answer” has spawned a non-partisan (or bipartisan) attack on Twitter with the hashtag, #TrumpBible.Â
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Trump Urged Ukraine President ‘About Eight Times’ to Work With Giuliani to Get Dirt on Biden’s Son: WSJ
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that President Donald Trump “repeatedly pressured” the president of Ukraine to work with his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, to get dirt on the son of his top political opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden.
In a July phone call Trump urged President Volodymyr Zelensky “about eight times to work with Rudy Giuliani,” the Wall Street Journal says.
But the Journal’s reporting in the second paragraph offers details that appear to minimize what experts have been suggesting actually happened. The Journal’s report also does not name sources or even suggest if they are White House or intelligence community officials.
“Mr. Trump didn’t mention a provision of foreign aid to Ukraine on the call, said this person, who didn’t believe Mr. Trump offered the Ukrainian president any quid-pro-quo for his cooperation on an investigation,” the Journal says.
That would lessen the magnitude of the allegations against President Trump, although they would still be impeachable offenses.
The Trump team has become expert at controlling the national conversation and forging a narrative that bends most elements of truth, then getting the conservative base to believe them.
This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.
Some Among Democratic Base Grow Increasingly Frustrated as Pelosi Issues Statement Chastising Trump Over Whistleblower
Statement Does Not Say ‘Impeachment’
Some among the Democratic base appear frustrated with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi who has not been supportive of the majority of House Democrats who want to impeach President Donald Trump. Friday afternoon the Speaker quietly issued a lengthy statement responding to the bombshell news that a whistleblower has filed a “credible” and “urgent” complaint with the intelligence community.
Pelosi’s statement, which was not posted to her social media accounts as of this writing, made its way through Twitter via a handful of reporters.
“If the President has done what has been alleged, then he is stepping into a dangerous minefield with serious repercussions for his Administration and our democracy,” Pelosi said, as a Politico congressional reporter pointed out:
Pelosi issues lengthy statement on the whistleblower complaint:
“If the President has done what has been alleged, then he is stepping into a dangerous minefield with serious repercussions for his Administration and our democracy.” pic.twitter.com/JMZJs0E2Aq
— Andrew Desiderio (@AndrewDesiderio) September 20, 2019
Nearly two-thirds of House Democrats support impeaching Trump, or beginning a formal impeachment inquiry at the very least, according to Politico. But the majority of the nation does not, nor do a majority of Democratic voters, according to recent polls.
“Only 37 percent support beginning impeachment proceedings, while half oppose it,” Politco reports, citing its own polls.
Speaker Pelosi’s statement concludes with this:
“We will continue to follow the facts and explore every possible option to ensure the American people get the truth. We would hope that Republicans would join us in supporting the Constitution.”
Some online are calling her statement “weak,” while others are disappointed with the lack of specific threats of action, and others are expressing exasperation with the Speaker not supporting impeachment:
Weak as usual @TeamPelosi . Trump has clearly crossed the impeachment line with this one.
— Peter Archer (@PeterArcher37) September 20, 2019
With all due respect @SpeakerPelosi , when is enough enough? What repercussions has this administration faced so far under a Democratic House majority?
— PhatboyNYC (@PhatboyNYC) September 20, 2019
And this is why Dems are perceived as weak and Trump looks like a winner. Pathetic. If Pelosi et al don’t get it together soon, they will cost Democrats big time by depressing the vote.
— Debra King (@Kingwoman) September 20, 2019
Weak sauce from Pelosi. I’ll believe it when some damn ACTION is taken.
— Van Hammersly (@MrVanHammersly) September 20, 2019
Suggestion for Sunday shows: Invite Speaker Pelosi and ask her what would merit impeachment? Is there a red line somewhere, or is impeachment something from the past that shall never be sought again, ever?
— Jorge Guajardo (@jorge_guajardo) September 20, 2019
Speaker Pelosi has issued a statement warning of serious, unnamed, repercussions. In other words, nothing. This still does not seem to be enough to make them act.
— Regina Maher (@Regina_Maher) September 20, 2019
You hear that Trump? You only have 100 more scandals before Pelosi pounces…on another mildly written statement of concern. Wouldn’t wanna be in your shoes.
— Kenneth Jimenez (@MrKennyJimenez) September 20, 2019
Here it is. Pelosi apparently feels like she’s done her job. No mention of impeachment. Absolutely no consequences for this administration. What is it going to take? pic.twitter.com/Va3cyFAmjz
— Mark Yelsits (@MarkYelsits) September 20, 2019
DId you read Pelosi’s “statement”, It makes you want to go back to bed, pull the covers over your head and sob for the loss of our country and soon democracy as a concept. I have a headache.
— hfb (@HarrietBurandt) September 20, 2019
After a week has passed, at last a statement…that advances the effort to secure the complaint in no concrete way. https://t.co/IXDbbzv8h3
— Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) September 20, 2019
Incredibly I think Pelosi has already blown it with this statement. You have a tiny window of time in which to cement the narrative in the public discussion that this warrants impeachment and she just watched it pass. Now this will just fade into the miasma of Trump crimes.
— Jeff Rector (@jrector83) September 20, 2019
I just read Pelosi’s statement on the whistleblower. I want to throw my phone across the Fucking room. WTF??
— Farrell McManus (@farrellmcmanus) September 20, 2019
WATCH: Trump Says He Hasn’t Read Whistleblower Complaint – in Next Breath Claims ‘Everybody’s Read It, They Laugh at It’
President Donald Trump has spent a good part of the day trying to minimize the news about a reportedly damning whistleblower complaint filed against him by an intelligence official. During an Oval Office press availability Trump threw many different claims at reporters, claiming both that he had no idea what was in the complaint or which country’s leader it involved, then claimed his conversation with the country’s leader was “great” and “beautiful.”
Minutes later he was asked again about the whistleblower report, and if he had read it.
“No I haven’t,” Trump replied.
“It’s – I, I just tell you it is – everybody’s read it, they laugh at it,” Trump said, making a face as if to denigrate the report.
It’s unclear who “everybody” is, but if it to have been even widely distributed Congress would need to investigate, given only the Director of National Intelligence and the IG should have access to it.
He went on to call it “another media disaster,” despite the intelligence community inspector general – who he appointed – calling the whistleblower complaint both “credible” and “urgent.”
TRUMP: “Our media has become the laughingstock of the world … the media of our country is laughed at all over the world now. You’re a joke.” pic.twitter.com/2n2eNRhanO
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 20, 2019
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