Donald Trump Mistakes Biblical Citation at Liberty University Event
The presidential candidate is courting evangelical Christian votes.
By EVAN MCMURRY
January 18, 2016, 7:53 PM
• 5 min read
-- Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump appeared to mistake a Biblical citation during remarks at evangelical Liberty University today.
"I hear this is a major theme right here, but Two Corinthians, 3:17 that's the whole ball game," Trump told the arena of students. "You know, when you think -- and that's really -- is that the one? Is that the one you like? I think that's the one you like, because I loved it."
The book in the New Testament is commonly referred to as Second Corinthians, not Two Corinthians. The mis-reference quickly drew rebukes on Twitter:
The line drew mockery from other campaigns as well, including from Marco Rubio's faith outreach director:
Trump has named the Bible as his favorite book, but at times struggled to cite scripture, declining to name a particular verse he found meaningful to Bloomberg in August. In an interview with The Brody File last September, he expressed a preference for "Proverbs, the chapter 'never bend to envy.'" His campaign clarified to The Brody file that he was referring to Proverbs 24:1-2.
His professed love for the Bible hasn't always convinced presidential opponents. “He couldn’t name a single Bible verse or passage that meant something to him," former rival Bobby Jindalsaid in September. "And we all know why: because it’s all just a show. And he hasn’t ever read the Bible. But you know why he hasn’t read the Bible? Because he’s not in it.”