In August 2015, Donald Trump said the Bible was his favorite book, but then he couldn’t name his favorite verse. Eight months later, the Republican front-runner can cite his favorite verse—but, embarrassingly, he has no idea what he’s talking about.
When radio host Bob Lonsberry asked Trump on Thursday if he had a favorite Bible verse that has “informed” his thinking or character, the Presbyterian candidate cited the Old Testament punishment of “an eye for an eye.” He applied the verse to mean that the government should treat in kind those who have taken American jobs, money, and health. Trump’s Bible reference might have been music to the ears of the many evangelicals who question whether he is as religiousas he claims—if only he’d understood it. But while Trump may be a winner when it comes to delegates, he is a loser when it comes to Biblical scholarship.