Twitter exploded with #TrumpBible quotes Wednesday, perhaps the funniest hashtag — well, maybe not the “funniest hashtag,” but the content posted to said hashtag is a contender — of the year thus far. Twitter contributors started submitting fake biblical quotes — stylized in Trump-speak, no less — following Donald Trump’s appearance on Bloomberg TV, whereon he declined to provide a favorite quote or two from the Bible.
As CNN reported on August 27, during an interview Wednesday on Bloomberg’s “With All Due Respect,” Donald Trump was asked to name one or two of his favorite verses from the Bible. Given Trump’s penchant for stating that the Bible is his favorite book (even moreso than “The Art of the Deal,” his own bestseller), it seemed a fair question. But fair or no, Trump said he didn’t want to get into it because it was “personal.”
But social media, particularly Twitter, hates a vacuum and since Donald Trump had left just such a state, users on Twitter immediately began to fill the void. Other users saw that it was good (stuff) and, within minutes, more and more posts began to accumulate.
Here are some of the better posts to #TrumpBible:
Josh Rovner: “I lost a lot of respect for the Pharaoh. Never should have let the Hebrews go because of, what, hail? The Hebrews love me.”
Comedian Bill Maher: “Trump on Jesus: ‘He’s not a Savior. He’s a Savior because he was crucified. I like Saviors who weren’t crucified.’
Trump Bible: “I love God. He’s a great guy. Made the world in 6 days. That’s YUUUUUUUGE. I would have used more marble but he did a nice job.”
Jeff Fecke: “Jesus turned water into wine. The good stuff. Not that garbage they serve at some places.”
Trump Bible: “And, what, his parents come across the border to Bethlehem just to have him? Sounds like an ‘anchor messiah’ to me.”
Jeff Fecke: “Samaria sends us their murderers, their rapists, and some, I assume, are good Samaritans.”
Benjamin Riley: “Cain, Abel, both good friends. Cain got into agriculture, bad business. But he murdered his competition. That’s leadership.”
Mike McShane: “I would have rebuilt the walls of Jericho and made the Canaanites pay for it”
Adam Schmidt: “”Jesus wasn’t a martyr. He’s a martyr because he was crucified. I like people that weren’t crucified, ok I hate to tell you.”
Trump Bible: “Great flood, total disaster. Totally mismanaged by Noah, not a smart guy, total loser, couldn’t even save the dinosaurs.”
Regardless of Donald Trump’s propensity for making headlines by being offensive, making outrageous statements that drive fact-checkers crazy, and generally spraying jingoistic nativist platitudes, he is still managing the dominate the Republican field of presidential nominee hopefuls. The latest national poll from Quinnipiac (you know, that poll he told Anderson Cooper he’d never heard of), which was released on Thursday, has him 16 points ahead of Ben Carson (28 percent to 12 percent), the former director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Interestingly, the two are the only presidential candidates in the field of 17 major GOP contenders who aren’t actual politicians.
The poll came out a day after Trump’s interview. The polling took place from August 20 to August 25, which means the results reflect respondents who had yet to hear Trump tell Bloomberg TV, “The Bible means a lot to me, but I don’t want to get into specifics.” That lack of specificity has stood The Donald well thus far, and it is doubtful that his unwillingness to share a favorite quote from the Bible will hurt him in any substantial way. In the meantime, no matter on what side of the political aisle one might find a seat, #TrumpBible provides a humorous lens with which to view the bombastic businessman with presidential aspirations.