Former President Donald Trump shares a fan-made video framing him as a messianic figure and a workaholic. Recent polling suggests that many evangelical Christians believe God anointed the Republican frontrunner to rule America.
Republican frontrunner Donald Trump shared a bizarre fan-made video on his Truth Social platform, which declared that God chose him to lead the country.
“And on June 14, 1946, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, ‘I need a caretaker.’ So God gave us Trump,” the video, which the pro-Trump Dilley 300 Meme Team made, starts. The former president often shares their videos on social media.
Trump vs. fake news
The narrator then frames Trump as a messianic figure created by God to “fight the Marxists” and “call out the fake news for their tongues as sharp as a serpent’s.”
Trump enjoys evangelical support
Trump has long enjoyed a solid support base among evangelical Christians, and recent polls show that a high percentage of them believe God anointed him to rule. But Trump has never suggested having a strong personal faith.
The former president sharing the video suggests he fully embraces the role ahead of this year’s presidential election. The video describes Trump’s supposed strengths, including his “arms strong enough to rustle the Deep State and yet gentle enough to deliver his own grandchild.” The video doesn’t specify which of his grandchildren Trump allegedly delivered.
Questionable work ethic
The video also praises Trump as a workaholic who was up all hours of the night as president. However, his work ethic was questioned during his time in office, particularly after his private routine was leaked, showing half of his scheduled time was unstructured.
Pence mocks messiah Trump
Last year, Trump’s former Vice President Mike Pence, a deeply religious evangelical Christian, mocked Trump’s religious devotion in remarks at the annual Gridiron Dinner.
Never reads his Bible
Pence joked that he had “once invited President Trump to a Bible study,” describing it as “an experience.” “I read that some of those classified documents they found in Mar-a-Lago were actually stuck in the president’s Bible,” Pence said, referencing Trump’s ongoing legal troubles. “Which proves he had absolutely no idea they were there.”
Turning a blind eye
CNN political commentators Ana Navarro and Karen Finney reacted to the video alongside Jim Acosta. Finney noted that Tim Alberta’s book The Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory: American Evangelicals in an Age of Extremism described how evangelicals had “made their peace with the fact that Trump is maybe not so God-like in his behaviors.”
Finney noted that evangelicals view Trump as “the person who can deliver and restore America to what they believe it ought to be.”
Trump’s behavior far from holy
Ana Navarro argued that evangelicals had justified voting for Trump despite his boasting of “committing sexual assault” in his infamous Access Hollywood tape. She noted that despite Trump’s numerous alleged affairs, evangelicals “lined up behind him.”