The Republican primary was supposed to be a formality. Though candidates like Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie were expected to provide a challenge, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was the man conservatives thought would challenge Hillary Clinton in 2016. The GOP plans all changed with the entrance of Donald Trump.
Republicans have had a hard time trying to come together and form a cohesive message that resonates with the majority of their party. With the party split into many different factions, a candidate must appeal to a wide base to win the primary election. In an ad released by his campaign on Jan. 30, the former host of “The Apprentice” is doing just that.
“I really appreciate the support given to me by the evangelicals. They’ve been incredible,” Trump said in an ad attempting to lock up the vote of conservative Christians with the Iowa caucus just days away. “You know, my mother gave me this Bible, this very Bible, many years ago,” Trump continued, holding up a Bible that allegedly was given to him as a child. “In fact, it’s her writing, right here. She wrote the name and the address, and it’s just very special to me.”
Trump closed the ad by once again thanking the evangelicals for their support, a group that he leads with in most polls. The issue for Trump is his authenticity when it comes to his religious beliefs. While the billionaire real estate mogul says he’s a devout Christian, many have wondered the validly of his claims. Married three times, Trump has a long history of making many disparaging remarks about women, actions that contradict with the values of Christianity. During a recent speech at the Christian Liberty University, Trump flubbed a Bible passage about “Second Corinthians,” referring to it as “Two Corinthians” instead.