Maher compares Trump to ‘father of lies’ Satan
HBO’s Bill Maher on Friday asked Faith and Freedom Coalition chairman Ralph Reed how evangelicals could support President Trump when, in the host’s view, “he does seem like the least Christian man ever.”
“Why do you think Trump’s support among the evangelicals is so solid?” Maher asked on “Real Time.” “Because he does seem like the least Christian man ever.”
Trump won white evangelical voters with a huge margin in the 2016 election, according to exit polls. His support among the subset of Protestants has remained consistent since his election, although there is dissension among self-identified evangelical leaders.
“Trump, giant liar, Satan, father of lies,” Maher said, making the comparison between Trump and Satan. “What about the thing that Jesus was sort of not really fond of egomaniacs, or rich people? Isn’t Donald Trump a rich egomaniac, who — you know, everything is about money and doing well and winners and losers?”
Reed, the head of the president’s religious advisory board, defended the president for keeping promises on religious issues, including successfully nominating Neil Gorsuch, a staunch conservative, to the Supreme Court.
“Every time he told me he was gonna do something, he did it. His word was his bond,” Reed said. “And let me give one example: He ran for president, and he released a list of 21 potential nominees to the Supreme Court. He was the first nominee of either party to do that.”
“He said, ‘If you vote for me, I won’t choose someone like these 21, I will choose one of these 21.”
“You can’t deny he’s a giant liar,” the host, an avowed atheist, said. “It just does not seem Christlike, Ralph.”
Pew Research showed that the thrice-married Trump captured 81 percent of the Evangelical vote in the 2016 election against Hillary Clinton. The Faith and Freedom Coalition, an influential non-profit, has long supported Trump.
2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney won 78 percent of Evangelical support, while 2008 nominee John McCain delivered 74 percent of their vote.
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