Donald Trump suggested on Saturday that he would have had “less difficulty” if he had proposed barring Christians from entering the US instead of Muslims.
Last December, the Republican presidential front-runner ignited a national firestorm by proposing to suspend all Muslim immigration and tourist travel into the US.
“If I said that about Christians, and if I said ‘banned,’ I’m telling you I would have had less difficulty,” Trump said Saturday. “And that’s pretty sad, because we’re Christians. I’m Protestant. I’m Presbyterian.”
“Christianity is under tremendous siege,” Trump told supporters at Dordt College, a Christian liberal-arts school.
The real-estate mogul lamented that Christians do not wield as much political influence in the US as they could.
“The power of our group of people together, I mean, if you add it up … it could be 240, 250 million. And yet we don’t exert the power that we should have. Now, I think some of the churches are afraid of their tax status, to be honest,” he said.
“But you know the fact is that there is nothing the politicians can do to you if you band together. You have too much power. But the Christians don’t use their power,” Trump said. “We have to strengthen. Because we are getting — if you look, it’s death by a million cuts — we are getting less and less and less powerful in terms of a religion, and in terms of a force,” he continued….
“I’ll tell you one thing: I get elected president, we’re going to be saying ‘merry Christmas’ again. Just remember that,” he said. “And by the way, Christianity will have power, without having to form.”
He added: “Because if I’m there, you’re going to have plenty of power. You don’t need anybody else. You’re going to have somebody representing you very, very well. Remember that.”
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