Donald Trump Stirs Controversy by Selling Patriotic-Themed Bibles

 Donald Trump Stirs Controversy by Selling Patriotic-Themed Bibles

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The introduction of a “God Bless the USA Bible,” associated with former President Donald Trump and country singer Lee Greenwood, has sparked a wave of disbelief and criticism across social media platforms. The announcement, coinciding with the commencement of Holy Week, adds a controversial layer to Trump’s activities, particularly following his sharing of a supporter’s post that controversially likened his legal challenges to the crucifixion of Christ.

“Happy Holy Week! Let’s Make America Pray Again,” Trump posted on Truth Social. “As we lead into Good Friday and Easter, I encourage you to get a copy of the God Bless The USA Bible.”

Trump’s promotion of these Bibles, which are being sold for $59.99 with a delivery wait time of four to six weeks, has raised eyebrows not only for their patriotic theme, inspired by Greenwood’s 1984 hit song but also for being the only Bibles officially endorsed by Trump and Greenwood.

The website advertising these Bibles emphasizes their user-friendly features, including large print and a slim design, making them suitable for a variety of settings, from church to travel. Adding to their distinctiveness, these Bibles come with added materials that resonate with American patriotic sentiment, including a handwritten version of the chorus to “God Bless The USA,” along with foundational American documents such as the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence, and the Pledge of Allegiance.

This blend of religious and nationalistic elements has not gone unnoticed, with figures like Keith Olbermann and HuffPost‘s Jonathan Nicholson expressing their dismay and skepticism about the motives behind this venture.

Olbermann’s blunt characterization of Trump as “the son-of-a-bitch is now selling Trump Bibles” encapsulates the shock felt by many, while Nicholson hints at the potential desperation or opportunism driving this initiative, suggesting that it might not be the “last ditch cash grab” by Trump. The sentiment is echoed by Aaron Rupar and Joe Perticone, who see this move as a blend of sacrilege and opportunism, particularly given its timing during a sacred period in the Christian calendar.

The reaction to the “God Bless the USA Bible” underscores the complexities of intertwining political, patriotic, and religious identities, especially when spearheaded by figures like Trump, who continues to wield significant influence. The product’s reception highlights the ongoing debate about the use of religious symbols and texts in political and commercial contexts, raising questions about the boundaries of respect and reverence in public discourse.

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