Just days before the Iowa caucuses, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump showed off the Bible gifted to him by his mother in an effort to win evangelical votes.
“I really appreciate the support given to me by the evangelicals,” Trump states in the video entitled “Trump: Christian values,” released on Saturday. “They’ve been incredible. Every poll says how well I’m doing with them.”
He then lifts his Bible as a prop to show viewers, opening it to reveal the writing inside the cover.
“My mother gave me this Bible—this very Bible—many years ago,” he says, noting that his mother had written in the front. “She wrote my name and my address, and it’s just very special to me.”
“And again, I want to thank the evangelicals,” Trump closes. “I will never let you down.”
Last September, Trump brought the same Bible to the Values Voters Summit, hosted by Family Research Council in Washington.
“I brought my Bible. You know, it’s the First Presbyterian Church, Jamaica (Queens) and this was written by my mother, with my name, with my address, with everything,” he told those gathered. “I saw this and I had to bring it.”
The month prior, Trump stated at a Republican dinner in Michigan that the Bible is his favorite book, and his book “The Art of the Deal,” is his second favorite.
“Hold that book up,” Trump told a man holding a copy of his self-penned publication. “That’s my second favorite book of all time. You know what my favorite is? The Bible!”
“Nothing beats the Bible, not even ‘The Art of the Deal,'” he said. “Not even close.”
However, some criticized the Republican candidate when he declined to provide examples of Scriptures that are meaningful to him during an interview with Bloomberg News.
“You mentioned the Bible and talked about how it was your favorite book and you said, I think last night in Iowa, some people are surprised you say that,” interviewer John Heilemann stated. “I am wondering what one or two of your most favorite Bible verses are and why?”
“I wouldn’t want to get into it because to me that’s very personal,” Trump replied. “You know, when I talk about the Bible, it’s very personal. I don’t want to get into it.”
Heilemann continued to seek an example.
“There is no verse that means a lot to you that you think about about or cite?” he asked.
“The Bible means a lot to me but I don’t want to get into specifics,” Trump responded.
“Are you an Old Testament guy or a New Testament guy?” chimed in co-host Mark Halperin.
“Probably equal,” Trump replied. “I think it’s just incredible. The whole Bible is incredible. I joke when they hold up ‘The Art of The Deal,’ that is my second favorite book of all time. I think the Bible is something very special.”
Some have stated, however, that Trump’s life does not reflect biblical values considering his casino empire, his ongoing use of profanity, his lack of humility and his multiple marriages.
As of press time, Trump’s “Christian Values” video had obtained over 800,000 views and 65,000 likes.