President Donald Trump has separated children from their families, has shut asylum seekers out of the border, and has said he doesn't ask for forgiveness. Nevertheless, the President still maintains 71% of white Evangelical support.
While that base has remained steadfast in its support of Donald Trump, that hasn't stopped others from pointing out the times his actions go against the Evangelical perception of what it means to be Christian.
This happened most recently at the funeral for former President George H.W. Bush on Wednesday. When the row of former first families seated in the same row as the President began reciting the Apostles' Creed, Trump notably abstained.
This is your "Christian" evangelical president. https://t.co/u0478FoSyR— Keith Boykin (@Keith Boykin)1544032694.0
Twitter noticed, and users pointed out the contradiction immediately.
@realDonaldTrump @LouDobbs Evangelical Hero, Apostle Creed, listens to the crowd hail him. https://t.co/80g5dw5aRl— RBuff (@RBuff)1544094073.0
@realDonaldTrump Our “very stable” Evangelical Christian President, God’s own anointed, not bothering to recite th… https://t.co/NB77T2IK39— Tom Watson (@Tom Watson)1544103500.0
Hey Christian Conservatives: @realDonaldTrump doesn’t know The Lord’s Prayer. He also didn’t even care enough to r… https://t.co/sLBKmuOWMa— Sarcastic Bastard (@Sarcastic Bastard)1544032558.0
@realDonaldTrump Like a true Evangelical Christian, you were disinterested in prayer & hymns. You may have the alt-… https://t.co/qJxbIvgfBZ— Deb (@Deb)1544035337.0
Claiming to be an Evangelical hero but refusing to even read the Apostle's Creed at a state funeral wasn't the only thing Twitter users called Trump out on.
Trump infamously claimed for years that former President Barack Obama, who sat beside the Trumps for the funeral, was secretly from Kenya. In addition to that, he stoked fears that former President Barack Obama was a Muslim (and by doing so, implied that being Muslim is disqualifying for the presidency).
While in the throes of the birth certificate conspiracy theory, Trump said of Obama:
"He doesn't have a birth certificate. He may have one, but there's something on that, maybe religion, maybe it says he is a Muslim. I don't know. Maybe he doesn't want that."
Many pointed out that even the so-called Muslim President was saying the prayer.
It’s SO weird that Barack Obama (the “Muslim”) knew all the words to the Apostles’ Creed, and Donald Trump (the Eva… https://t.co/spjZZrR9tf— John Ziegler (@John Ziegler)1544032607.0
Wait a minute. Do I see secret Muslim, Barack Obama reciting Apostles Creed while Evangelical Hero, Donald Trump st… https://t.co/nT3dx9eGnt— Ivan (@Ivan)1544037228.0
It’s SO weird that Barack Obama (the “Muslim”) knew all the words to the Apostles’ Creed, and Donald Trump (the Eva… https://t.co/bIFObNOUXp— Philip (@Philip)1544041183.0
How is it the so called "Muslim" President knows the Apostle's Creed, but the "Christian" @realDonaldTrump doesn't?… https://t.co/0sPVjfNlEh— John (@John)1544057766.0
While it's possible that Trump doesn't know the Apostle's Creed by heart, people rightly noted that pamphlets with the words were provided, and many of the former leaders in the row beside him chose to read instead of recite. As for why the President didn't use the words provided as a guide, some Americans had an interesting theory.
Trump didn’t recite Apostle’s Creed because he can’t read https://t.co/PeFuQR6ZS4— sydney 👻 (@sydney 👻)1544105802.0
@krassenstein no, Trump just can't read.... probably too vain to wear glasses— Deb Wild (@Deb Wild)1544109552.0
Still pretty sure Trump can't read. Funny, I was raised Christian and never came across the Apostle's Creed. Must… https://t.co/SCNDIIl31t— Sleepy (@Sleepy)1544109882.0
@DavidCornDC @realDonaldTrump He can't read— @BaffledBoomer (@@BaffledBoomer)1544109706.0
The white Evangelical base is not likely to turn on Trump for declining to pray, but others are refusing to let them ignore it.