NEW YORK — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump declined to share his favorite Bible verses during a television interview on Wednesday, stating that it was “very personal.”
Trump appeared on the Bloomberg television broadcast “With All Due Respect,” and at one point, interviewer John Heilemann asked Trump to expound further about a comment he made recently that the Bible is his favorite book.
“You mentioned the Bible and talked about how it was your favorite book and you said, I think last night on in Iowa, some people are surprised you say that,” 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.
“Even to cite a verse that you like?” Heilemann said.
Co-host Mark Halperin then spoke up.
“Are you an Old Testament guy or a New Testament guy?” he inquired.
“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.”
As previously reported, Trump raised concerns among some last month after had been asked by moderator Frank Luntz during the Q&A segment of the event whether he has ever sought forgiveness for his sins.
“That’s a tough question,” he replied. “I am a religious person. People are so shocked when they find this out—I’m Protestant. I’m Presbyterian.”
“I go to church. I love God and I love my church,” Trump added.
“But have you ever asked God for forgiveness?” Luntz repeated, evoking laughter from the audience.
“I am not sure I have. I just go on and try to do a better job from there. I don’t think so,” Trump stated. “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.”
He said that he does take communion, and opined that perhaps it is a form of seeking forgiveness.
“When we go into church and when I drink my little wine—which is about the only wine I drink—and have my little cracker, I guess that is a form of asking for forgiveness,” Trump explained. “I do that as often as possible because I feel cleansed, okay? To me, that’s important. I do that.”
The Republican presidential candidate further outlined to CNN’s Anderson Cooper that he doesn’t always see a need for forgiveness.
“If I make a mistake, yeah, I think [repentance is] great. But I try not to make mistakes,” Trump said. “Why do I have to repent, why do I have to ask for forgiveness, if you are not making mistakes? I work hard. I’m an honorable person. I have thousands of people who work for me. I have employed tens of thousands of people over the years.”