In a bizarre bit of religious nonsense, leading televangelists can be seen gathered around GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump and laying their hands on him in prayer.
Among the attendees were televangelists Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, conservative evangelical Christian Pastor David Jeremiah, TBN religious broadcaster Jan Crouch, Pastor Paula White, Jews For Jesus Rabbi Kirt Schneider and Pastor Darrell Scott.
The meeting lasted roughly two and a half hours and ended with pastors gathering around Trump and laying their hands on him in prayer. Kenneth Copeland, Paula White, and Rabbi Schneider prayed during that time, asking the Lord to give the GOP presidential frontrunner wisdom, stability and knowledge necessary to pursue this endeavor. They also prayed for America and for God’s will to be done.
Breitbart reports Trump met with forty different religious leaders in Trump Tower on Monday to pray, and to reaffirm his support for “Christians under attack by the Left.”
Earlier this year, in another interview with CBN’s David Brody, Trump said:
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?
Trump is no stranger to pandering to conservative Christians. Earlier this month the Republican presidential candidate and reality television star was caught making up a bogus Bible quote while being interviewed on CBN.
CNN reports they tried to find the verse Trump was supposedly quoting but could not.
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.
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.
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.