In speaking about being audited by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) each year, the thrice-married, unbridled tongued Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Thursday night that perhaps he is being targeted by the government because he is a “strong Christian.”
“I’m always audited by the IRS, which I think is very unfair,” he told CNN’s Chris Cuomo following the GOP debate in Houston. “I don’t know, maybe because of religion, maybe because of something else, maybe because I’m doing this, although this is just recently.”
“What do you mean religion?” Cuomo asked.
“Maybe because of the fact that I’m a strong Christian, and I feel strongly about it, and maybe there’s a bias.” Trump replied.
Cuomo’s eyes widened and his eyebrows raised at Trump’s remark.
“You think you can get audited for being a strong Christian?” he inquired.
“Well, you see what’s happened,” Trump replied. “You have many religious groups that are complaining about that. They’ve been complaining about it for a long time.”
However, some have stated that the candidate’s life does not comport with that of a Christian. Dr. Everett Piper of Oklahoma Wesleyan University wrote in a recent blog post, that he would not follow in the steps of Liberty University, which heralds itself as the world’s largest Christian university, by inviting Trump to address students.
“Anyone who calls women ‘pigs,’ ‘ugly,’ ‘fat’ and ‘pieces of [expletive]’ is not on my side,” Piper said in a blog on the university website, not writing out the profanity. “Anyone who has been on the cover of Playboy and proud of it, who brags of his sexual history with multiple women and who owns strip clubs in his casinos is not on my side.”
“Over the course of his time on Twitter, including in some cases after he announced his presidential candidacy, Trump has tweeted or retweeted profanity on his account more than 100 times,” reported the Washington Post in December.
During Thursday’s debate, Trump repeated several times that although he would defund the abortion giant Planned Parenthood because of its involvement in the abortion industry, he believes that “millions of women are helped by Planned Parenthood” and that only a small part of its services are abortion-related.
“Millions of millions of women—cervical cancer, breast cancer—are helped by Planned Parenthood,” he asserted after being confronted by Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio about his recent positive remarks about the organization. “I would defund it because I’m pro-life, but millions of women are helped by Planned Parenthood.”
“So you can say whatever you want, but they have millions of women going through Planned Parenthood that are helped greatly,” Trump declared.
As previously reported, in its annual report released at the end of December, Planned Parenthood outlined that the organization performed 323,999 abortions nationwide during the 2014-2015 fiscal year.
As it has been in previous years, Planned Parenthood’s largest focus was sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s), as it tested and/or treated over four million people for sexual ailments, with over 3.5 million tests and 32 thousand men and women being treated for ailments contracted through sexual activity.
Over 2.9 million people were provided with contraceptives or other forms of birth control in 2014—from temporary to permanent, including over 900 thousand emergency contraception kits. The figure is down from 3.5 million the year before, and 3.7 million in 2012.
Planned Parenthood does not provide mammograms as it is not licensed to operate mammogram machines, and its annual report outlined that less than 700,000 women received services surrounding cancer screenings, equating to just seven percent of its services, while STD testing and contraceptives accounted for 76 percent of its services.