During the Republican primary of 2016, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump called evangelical supporters of Ted Cruz “so-called Christians” and believed there was a “conspiracy among powerful evangelicals,” according to a new book.
Atlantic reporter Tim Alberta‘s upcoming book, The Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory: American Evangelicals in a Time of Extremism, looks behind-the-scenes at Trump’s response to the backlash he received when he said “Two Corinthians” was his favorite Bible verse. Most people who are familiar with the bible use the term “Second Corinthians.”
“The laughter and ridicule were embarrassing enough for Trump,” Alberta wrote in the book, of which excerpts were shared by The Guardian. “But the news of [Family Research Council President Tony] Perkins endorsing Ted Cruz, just a few days later, sent him into a spiral. He began to speculate that there was a conspiracy among powerful evangelicals to deny him the GOP nomination.”
“When Cruz’s allies began using the ‘Two Corinthians’ line to attack him in the final days before the Iowa caucuses, Trump told one Iowa Republican official, ‘You know, these so-called Christians hanging around with Ted are some real pieces of shit,’” Alberta wrote.
Alberta adds that “in private over the coming years”, Trump “would use even more colourful language to describe the evangelical community.”
Read more at The Guardian.