Donald Trump says that many people would be “shocked” at the life he leads as many seem to be under the impression that his life is full of vices. However, Trump says he “likes to be good” and he is. Therefore, the business mogul says he stands by his past statements that he has never officially asked God for forgiveness for anything. Instead, he says that he evaluates the situation and tries to do better.
The Daily Mail reports that Donald Trump, the GOP presidential frontrunner, sat down with Jake Tapper on the show State of the Union. In the interview, Tapper questioned Trump on whether or not past remarks regarding the fact that he has never asked God for forgiveness are hurting him with Christian voters. Tapper asked if Trump regretted making the statement or if he stands by it. In response, Trump noted that he stands by the statement because it is accurate.
“But I like to be good. I don’t like to have to ask for forgiveness. And I am good, I don’t do a lot of things that are bad, I try and do nothing that’s bad.”
— Donald Trump NH (@TrumpNH) January 18, 2016
Tapper pressed further and asked if Trump had ever asked forgiveness from God, even when he was doing things that weren’t “good.” Trump stood by his answer noting that he does not recall ever officially asking God for forgiveness for anything. Rather, the business mogul says he simply tries to do better next time.
“I am not sure I have. I just go on and try to do a better job from there. I don’t think so. I think if I do something wrong, I think, I just try and make it right. I don’t bring God into that picture. I don’t.”
Though he says this may not be the norm for most Christians, he doesn’t think his honesty in this area is hurting him in the polls. In fact, Trump says that he has a “great relationship with God” and that he thinks that relationship is evidence by his poll numbers in Iowa.
“I have a very great relationship with God and I have a very great relationship with evangelicals and I think that’s why I’m doing so well with Iowa.”
For those curious as to exactly how Donald Trump defines his religion. Trump noted that he is a Protestant and that he “loves God” and he “loves his church.”
“People are so shocked when they find… out I am Protestant. I am Presbyterian. And I go to church and I love God and I love my church.”
The full interview between Donald Trump and Jake Tapper regarding Trump’s faith can be viewed below.
Though Trump says Iowa voters love him, but notes that Iowa is also the only state that his competitor Ted Cruz is doing well in.
“The only place [Ted Cruz is] doing fairly well is in Iowa. That’s the only place. If you look at these other places he’s not doing well, and certainly not doing well nationally.”
Therefore, it seems that the real estate giant is not afraid of Cruz in the GOP primaries. What do you think about Donald Trump’s response to questions regarding his faith? Do you think that his honest answer to the question about forgiveness will hurt him in the polls with conservative Christians? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
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