White House press secretary Sarah Sanders is crediting a higher power for the Trump presidency. As CNN reports, Sanders told the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) that she believes God “wanted” Donald Trump to be elected.
“I think God calls all of us to fill different roles at different times, and I think that he wanted Donald Trump to become president, and that’s why he’s there,” a transcript of the interview, set to air Thursday, quotes her as saying.
CBN News sits down for an exclusive interview with White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tomorrow on The 700 Club. Check local listings. pic.twitter.com/RNA8C6cQ7l
— CBN News (@CBNNews) January 31, 2019
Sanders went on to defend President Trump — who this week expressed support for Bible literacy classes in school — as invested in Christian causes.
“I think he has done a tremendous job in supporting a lot of the things that people of faith really care about,” she said, adding that it was “ridiculous” for Speaker Nancy Pelosi to accuse his proposed border wall of being “immoral.”
“The idea that protecting the people of your country, which is the fundamental duty of being president of the United States, would in some way be immoral is a ridiculous charge,” Sanders said.
Trump critics were quick to react. Some — including Rep. Ilhan Omar, Fred Guttenberg and actors Bradley Whitford and Chris Meloni— slammed Sanders’s comments.
“Do not use religion to justify this president,” tweeted Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime died in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., last February.
😳 God has a strange sense of humor! https://t.co/HWwe0YEVdR
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) January 31, 2019
Dear @PressSec Sarah Sanders: I see that you now also speak for God. Here's a tip. If you open your heart and eyes, it appears God is sending lots of signals that @realDonaldTrump should step down, or not run again.
Also, how come your boss committed so many sins? https://t.co/04GgdUPpow
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) January 31, 2019
Hey @PressSec…do ya think "God" also wanted #Trump to be a pathologically-lying, sexually-abusive, foul-mouthed, bullying racist serial philanderer who mocks disabled people, attacks the Pope, cages kids, steals an election & betrays his country? https://t.co/YgHDAyifQi
— Andy Ostroy (@AndyOstroy) January 30, 2019
Memo to self: do NOT follow that god https://t.co/j9BA0cgXSM
— Chris Meloni (@Chris_Meloni) January 30, 2019
Sarah Huckabee Sanders: “God wanted Donald Trump to become president.”
The God I pray to wants @realDonaldTrump to become the 1st president to go to prison.
— Ryan Knight 🇺🇸 (@ProudResister) January 31, 2019
If "God wanted Trump to be President", wouldn't He have also wanted him to win the popular vote as well?https://t.co/wHZgGY5Fs9
— Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) January 30, 2019
— Bradley Whitford (@WhitfordBradley) January 31, 2019
Hum? Sarah opining on God determining roles. What would that mean for victims of gun violence? What was the role and plan for my daughter? Was it to die? Sarah, do not use religion to justify this President. By the way, would you say same about Obama?https://t.co/olS0QHEPN4
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) January 31, 2019
Sanders had at least one person in her corner, however: conservative radio host Erick Erickson.
It's why Christians are obligated to pray even for leaders that they don't like and didn't vote for. The same applied to Barack Obama.
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) January 30, 2019
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