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Trump Attacks Biden as 'Against God,

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Trump Attacks Biden as 'Against God,

2020-08-07 18:38:45

By Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: Donald Trump (Image source: Screenshot)

After being raked over the coals a few months back following his public walk to a church to hold up a Bible for a photo op, Donald Trump is now saying his presumptive Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, is "against God." Biden bit back and said it was "shameful."

"No religion, no anything," Trump shared with his supporters at an airport rally in Cleveland. "Hurt the Bible, hurt God. He's against God, he's against guns, he's against energy, our kind of energy."

Biden is known for his Catholic faith and has talked often about how it helped him survive the aftermath of his wife and daughter dying in a car crash in 1972 just after he'd been elected to the Senate. He referred to Trump as a hypocrite for his comments.

"For President Trump to attack my faith is shameful," said the Democratic candidate. "It's beneath the office he holds, and it's beneath the dignity the American people so rightly expect and deserve from their leaders."

He added that his prospective opponent's comments "reveal more about him than they do about anyone else. They show us a man willing to stoop to any low for political gain and someone whose actions are completely at odds with the values and teachings that he professes to believe in."

 A spokesman for the former vice president, Andrew Bates said, "Joe Biden's faith is at the core of who he is," adding that he 'has lived with dignity his entire life, and it's been a source of strength and comfort in times of extreme hardship."

Biden reflected back on June 1 when Trump backed the decision of his aides to forcefully clear peaceful protesters from a park so that he could walk to the church along with his aides.

"My faith teaches me to walk humbly, while President Trump teargassed peaceful protesters so he could walk over to a church for a photo op," he said.

The bishop of that church, the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, Mariann Budde, said she was "outraged" by the president's photo op with the Bible. She charged that he "used sacred symbols to cloak himself in the mantle of spiritual authority while espousing positions antithetical to the Bible that he held in his hands."

Late last year, while Trump was facing impeachment for holding back aid from Ukraine until they would agree to investigate Biden and his son, Biden spent his time writing an op-ed for Religion News Service about what his Catholic faith had taught him: to stand up to the abuse of power "as well as core concepts of decency, fair play, and virtue."

Trump is making an obvious play to work the Religious Right ahead of the November election and to link Biden to a "radical left agenda" that is targeting what conservatives value: gun rights, oil production, and religion.

He has also said of the Democratic Party as a whole, to his Pennsylvania supporters: "Essentially, they're against God if you look at what they're doing with religion." 

Bates also brought up that the Trump campaign manipulated a photo of Biden praying in church in order to "demean him." He referred to it as "one of the starkest expressions of weakness throughout this whole campaign."

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