• Will The Donald’s Response To Question About ‘Forgiveness’ Hurt Him With Religious Voters?

    Donald Trump’s comments about his faith raised eyebrows during a Q&A at the 2015 Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa on Saturday.

    Pollster and summit host Frank Luntz asked Trump whether he has ever asked God for forgiveness for his actions.

    “I am not sure that I have,” Trump said. “I just go on and try to do a better job from there. I don’t think so,” he said. “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 he does participate in Holy Communion and tries to cleanse himself with a “cracker” and “wine” in church, even though he does not ask God for forgiveness.

    “When we go into church, 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, and I do that as often as possible because I feel cleansed.”

    Trump said that he was Presbyterian and that his pastor was the Rev. Norman Vincent Peale, the author and longtime pastor of Marble Collegiate Church in New York City. He died in 1993 at 95 years old.

    “That’s a tough question. I am a religious person. I’m Protestant. I’m Presbyterian. People are so shocked and they find this out,” Trump said.

    “I go to church. I love God — and I love my church,” he added. “The great Norman Vincent Peale was my pastor. He was so great. He would give a sermon, and you’d never want to leave.”

    Trump, who has been married three times, conceded that the root of his marital problems over the years stems from his difficulty finding a work-life balance.

    “It was a work thing, it wasn’t a bad thing,” he said. “It was very hard for anybody to compete against the work.”

    He said that he was always available to his children and that he did his best to have dinner with them on most nights even when his work was grueling. He worked hard, he said, to instill good values and steer them away from drugs, alcohol and cigarettes.

    “I was actually a great father,” Mr. Trump said. “I was a better father than I was a husband.”

    Trump’s remarks about his piety and Presbyterianism, which start at the 7 minute mark in the video above,  were overshadowed by his criticism of John McCain, who he said is not a true hero because he “prefers heroes who don’t become prisoners of war.”

    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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