Former Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) raised a few eyebrows recently when she declared that President Donald Trump is the most biblical president that she’s seen in her lifetime.
Bachmann was part of the Tea Party faction of Congress that gained power during the early days of the Obama administration. She represented a district in Minnesota from 2007 to 2015.
“In my lifetime, I have never seen a more biblical president than I have seen in Donald Trump. He has so impressed me with what he has done,” Bachmann said during a recent radio interview.
“I would say to your listeners, we will, in all likelihood, never see a more godly, biblical president again in our lifetimes,” she said moments later. “So we need to be not only praying for him, we need to support him, in my opinion, in every possible way that we can.”
Here’s the audio of Bachmann’s comments, recorded via Right Wing Watch:
Michele Bachmann has never seen "a more biblical president" than Trump: "We will, in all likelihood, never see a more godly, biblical president again in our lifetimes." pic.twitter.com/xnqCZRaq5f
— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) April 15, 2019
There’s no doubt that Trump has made strides to align himself with the evangelical right, most notably with his decision to tap Vice President Mike Pence as his running mate.
Even so, Bachmann’s comments earned a few chuckles on social media. Washington Post reporter Aaron Blake pointed out that former President Jimmy Carter was a Sunday school teacher and that former President Dwight D. Eisenhower added “God” to U.S. paper money.
Jimmy Carter taught Sunday school and served as a door-to-door missionary.
Garfield was a minister.
Eisenhower put "God" in our pledge and on our paper currency. https://t.co/jSOtQTlRy9
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) April 15, 2019
Max Burns, who works for the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization, joked: “[I’m] really starting to suspect none of these people own an actual Bible.”
Really starting to suspect none of these people own an actual Bible https://t.co/DKufJsPM30
— Max Burns (@themaxburns) April 15, 2019
Vice correspondent Roberto Ferdman pointed out that in 2016, Trump incorrectly “called Second Corinthians ‘Two Corinthians'” during a speech at Liberty University, a Christian school, and then promptly misquoted the Bible.
In 2016, Trump called Second Corinthians “Two Corinthians,” prompting laughter from the 10,000 or so people in attendance at Liberty University. Then he misquoted it https://t.co/wRrNBIDrxZ
— Roberto Ferdman (@robferdman) April 15, 2019
Meanwhile, Trump has been divorced twice and paid off a porn star to keep quiet about an alleged affair that happened while he was with his current wife. But he’s still managed to encourage a number of Christian leaders, including Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr.