Most of us know by now that Donald Trump says a lot of things that don’t always make the most sense. This week, while speaking at the Values Voter Summit in Washington D.C., Trump praised and pledged to protect Judeo-Christian values. The move struck many as divisive — especially when he took things a step further, saying, “We know that it’s the family and the church — not government officials — who know best how to create strong and loving communities.” Luckily, one simple tweet dismantles Trump’s message from the Values Voter Summit. And to be honest, we’re glad someone said it.
Trump was the first sitting president to ever speak at the conference of conservative Christians, although they gather every year to discuss their values and how they want to see them played out in politics. Most presidents don’t speak to this group specifically, but Trump is always going against the grain, right?
Um, but that’s just wrong.
Like, you can worship any god you want to in America. But there’s not one single religion that runs the country — or one single God we all believe in. Yes, that can get confusing sometimes considering the Pledge of Allegiance and the message on our dollar bills. But ultimately, our country was founded with the promise of ensuring religious freedom. So one person on Twitter decided to clear things up for the president by tweeting this perfect gem.
Trump doesn’t seem to understand that in America, you’re allowed to practice whatever religion you want. And despite his claim to the crowd at the Values Voter Summit, full of conservatives who don’t think health care should cover birth control or that same sex marriage is a constitutional right, “Judeo-Christian values” aren’t under attack. But Trump felt the need to lie anyway, in the name of getting some cheers and applause. Because of course he did.
Trump added, “We’re saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again.”
However, he didn’t mention that the “war on Christmas” has been totally fabricated by conservative talk show hosts and, well, himself. During his speech, in addition to totally ignoring the right to religious freedom, he also told the crowd that he was doing everything he could to fight “radical Islamist terrorism.”
“In this administration, we will call evil by its name,” Trump said.
We wonder if anyone in the conservative, Christian crowd reminded Trump that he forgot to call the Las Vegas shooter a terrorist or condemn the white supremacists who marched in Charlottesville this summer. At least Twitter’s always paying attention.