At a recent campaign stop in Iowa, presidential candidate Donald Trump claimed the Bible was his favorite book. But despite his admiration for the good book, he wasn’t in the mood to talk about it.
In a recent interview with Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, Trump refused to answer a question about his favorite verses.
“Well, I wouldn’t want to get into it because to me that’s very personal,” Trump said. “You know, when I talk about the Bible it’s very personal. So I don’t want to get into verses, I don’t want to get into—the Bible means a lot to me, but I don’t want to get into specifics.”
When asked in a follow-up question whether he preferred the Old or New Testament, Trump was equally vague.
“Uh, probably….equal. I think it’s just an incredible….the whole Bible is an incredible,” he said. “I joke…. they always hold up The Art of the Deal, I say it’s my second favorite book of all time. But, uh, I just think the Bible is just something very special.”
Of course, not being able to name a bible verse off the top of his head doesn’t disqualify him from being president (but choosing Joan Rivers as the Celebrity Apprentice over Annie Duke, does). However, if he’s going to walk around saying it’s his favorite book, he should at least have a verse or two at the ready. For example, here’s my favorite: 2 Kings 2:23-24.
Then [Elisha] went up from there to Bethel; and as he was going up by the way, young lads came out from the city and mocked him and said to him, “Go up, you baldhead; go up, you baldhead!” When he looked behind him and saw them, he cursed them in the name of the LORD. Then two female bears came out of the woods and tore up forty-two lads of their number.
Feel free to use that yourself, Don.