Pandering to conservative Christians, Republican presidential candidate and reality television star Donald Trump makes up a bogus Bible quote while being interviewed on the Christian Broadcasting Network.
Trying to prove his Christian credentials, and his “love for the Bible,” Trump claimed to quote the book of Proverbs in a recent interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN). Trump said:
Proverbs, the chapter ‘never bend to envy.’ I’ve had that thing all of my life where people are bending to envy.
The only problem: the quote is bogus.
CNN reports they tried to find the verse in the book of Proverbs that says “never bend to envy,” but could not.
The Washington Post reports that in the King James Version of the Bible, there are several mentions of envy in Proverbs: “Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways,” reads Proverbs 3:31. Envy is “rottenness to the bones,” says Proverbs 14:30. And there’s Proverbs 23:17: “Let not thine heart envy sinners.” But there does not appear to be any verse in that book, or in other parts of the Bible, that urges readers to “never bend to envy.”
CNN also notes that while Trump has cited the Bible as his favorite book on numerous occasions, he’s never been able to quote an actual verse.
The following is a more complete excerpt from Trump’s conversation with CBN’s David Brody:
There’s so many things that you can learn from it (The Bible). Proverbs, the chapter ‘never bend to envy.’ I’ve had that thing all of my life where people are bending to envy. Actually it’s an incredible book, so many things you can learn from the Bible and you can lead your life. I’m not just talking in terms of religion; I’m talking in terms of leading a life even beyond religion. There are so many brilliant things in the Bible.
The Bible, is special, the Bible –the more you see it, the more you read it, the more incredible it is. I don’t like to use this analogy, but like a great movie, a great, incredible movie. You’’ll see it once it will be good. You’ll see it again. You can see it 20 times and every time you’ll appreciate it more. The Bible is the most special thing.
Trump asked the crowd how many of them had read The Art of the Deal, his first book. Hundreds of hands were reportedly raised. Following the first rule of Business (know your customer) Trump declared:
It’s my second favorite book of all time. Do you know what my first is? The Bible! Nothing beats the Bible. Nothing beats the Bible. Not even The Art of the Deal. Not even close.
Earlier this year, in another interview with CBN’s David Brody, Trump said he was proud of his faith:
First of all I’m Protestant. I’m Presbyterian. I’m proud of it. I’m very proud of it.
Trump told Brody:
The Christians are being treated horribly because we have nobody to represent the Christians. Believe me, if I run and I win, I will be the greatest representative of the Christians they’ve had in a long time.
Donald Trump: Defender of the faith?
However, while Trump is eager to attract the conservative Christian vote, he is not so sure about atheists.
While campaigning in Iowa earlier this summer Trump was asked about courting the atheist vote by Amanda Knief, National Legal and Public Policy Director for American Atheists. In a noisy press briefing, Knief asked Trump:
…do you want the atheist vote, too?
A befuddled Trump replied:
I don’t know about the atheist vote. They might not like me. I’m not so sure.
Currently Trump leads the GOP presidential field. Apparently Republicans find Trump’s blatant and open racism, sexism, and misogyny a refreshing change from the closeted racism, sexism, and misogyny typical of the usual Republican politician.
As for conservative Christians, many seem happy to support Trump even if his faux Christianity is nothing but a transparent attempt to bamboozle the faithful.
Watch an excerpt from the most recent CBN interview with Trump: