Many Christians expressed shock and outrage at a video titled “God Made Trump,” recently reposted and endorsed by the ex-president. Several viewers have condemned the video as offensive and “blasphemous.”
‘God made Trump’
The video, created by a Trump-supporting group called the Dilley Meme Team, makes references to the Bible and presents the ex-president as a Jesus-like figure. “And on June 14th, 1946, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, ‘I need a caretaker,’” the video’s narrator begins. “So God gave us Trump.”
Will Trump save America?
The narrator continues to paint Trump as a saintly savior of America. “God said, ‘I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, fix this country, work all day, fight the Marxists, eat supper, then go to the Oval Office and stay past midnight at a meeting of the heads of state,’” the voice states. “So God made Trump.”
Singing Trump’s praises
Among other feats, the video praises Trump for being “strong enough to wrestle the deep state and yet gentle enough to deliver his own grandchild,” having the “courage to step foot in North Korea,” and calling out “fake news for their tongues as sharp as a serpent’s.”
Iowa pastors react
Terry Amann, pastor of the Church of the Way in Des Moines, was cautious in his approach to criticizing the video. “Christians have no right to be offended by anything since Christ went to the cross totally innocent for us guilty sinners,” he commented.
A demeaning video
However, Amann also stated that the video “demeans Christianity, Trump, and the people who made it.” He also argued that “it says a lot about the people around Trump and their ‘worldly’ understanding of Christianity.”
Michael Demastus, the pastor of the Fort Des Moines Church of Christ, minced no words when sharing his thoughts on the controversial video. “I find it absolutely sickening, period,” he declared, adding that “Trump is not the Messiah.”
Religious approach backfires
Trump has a large base of Christian evangelical supporters, leading many to question his decision to endorse the video. While it seemed as though its biblical nature was intended to speak to his religious followers, for many, it clearly had the opposite effect.
Social media reacts
Hundreds of social media commenters were also quick to share their shock, confusion, and outrage with the video, with many calling it offensive and “blasphemous.”
Trump the shepherd
Several other questionable declarations were made in the video, which called Trump “a man who cares for the flock, a shepherd to mankind who will never leave nor forsake them.” The narrator also commended Trump for being “willing to drill, bring back manufacturing and American jobs, farm the lands, secure our borders, build our military, fight the system all day, and finish a hard week’s work by attending church on Sunday.”
Make America great again
The video concluded on a sentimental note that left some anti-Trump viewers rolling their eyes. “And then his oldest son turns and says, ‘Dad, let’s make America great again. Dad, let’s build back a country to be the envy of the world again,’” said the narrator. “So God made Trump.”
Same old story
On a recent CNN broadcast, political commentator Ana Navarro pointed out that this is not the first time such a dynamic has played out between Trump and Christian voters. “This is not new, right?” she asked. “These are the same evangelicals who somehow justified to themselves voting for a guy in 2016 who we all heard boast on video, we all heard him in his own voice, boasting about committing sexual assault.”