Trump answers what Christians want to know.
While Donald Trump has made serious inroads among conservative voters of almost all stripes over the past several months, one of the demographics most reluctant to embrace the real estate mogul are conservative Christians. Trump’s past, both personal and political, has been a deterrent to many religious voters, who are wary of The Donald’s sincerity.
Trump tried to allay those fears in an appearance at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition Presidential Forum on Saturday. With his Bible in hand, Trump said that he would protect religious liberty at any cost if he were to become president.
“I feel so strongly in fact, [religious liberty] was mentioned in my second paragraph,” he said, in reference to his speech. “Religious liberty is so important.”
“Every year it gets worse and worse,” Trump continued, according to Breitbart. “We have nobody fighting for us. I’m one of you — just remember that,” he said, adding that he was a Presbyterian.
Trump told the audience at the Des Moines event that his first priority, were he to be elected, would be to “preserve and protect our religious liberty.”
“We’ll be fighting as part [of a] common core, and we’re going to protect totally the First Amendment,” Trump added.
In his speech at the event — which was also attended by fellow candidates Sen. Ted Cruz, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former New York Gov. George Pataki and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum — Trump poked fun at the controversy regarding his refusal to correct a questioner who claimed President Obama is a Muslim.
Saying it was the first time he’d been in trouble for not saying something, Trump joked that “I was in big trouble all over the place … Every newscast — it was the biggest story … Only time I’ll ever beat out the Pope.”