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I have a new theory about Donald Trump. It is something I’ve been noticing about him for more than a few weeks now. We all know that Donald Trump likes to attack people, but what I’m observing is that the things that Trump accuses other people of are pretty much all things that he himself is guilty of.

For example, yesterday at a private meeting of evangelical leaders, Trump attacked Hillary Clinton over her religious faith, saying “we don’t know anything about Hillary in terms of religion. Now, she’s been in the public eye for years and years, and yet there’s no — there’s nothing out there. There’s like nothing out there. It’s going to be an extension of Obama but it’s going to be worse, because with Obama you had your guard up. With Hillary you don’t, and it’s going to be worse.”

It didn’t take more than a few minutes for Gawker to point out that if you simply type “Hillary Clinton religion” into any search engine, there is plenty of there there. Clinton is a life-long Methodist who has taught Sunday school, attends church regularly, and belongs to a prayer group. And there is an abundance of documentation online.

But it gets even more interesting if you turn the tables and search for “Donald Trump religion“. The results tell you that Trump has a long history of attacking people over their religion. That he now claims to be a Presbyterian, but rarely attends church. He’s also been reported to have been a Catholic, and a member of the Dutch Reformed Church, and he married his third wife in an Episcopalian church. That in his campaign speeches Trump mentions the late minister Norman Vincent Peale so frequently that Peale’s son has said that his father would not have been pleased (ironically, Peale grew up a Methodist). And all the other stuff we already know about Trump: that he has been married three times and has bragged about his cheating, is unapologetically crude, racist, and bigoted, and can’t even get the name of some of the chapters in the Bible correct.

See what I mean?

So the next time Trump attacks someone (he probably already has, before you even got around to reading this), see if the things he is saying about that other person don’t actually apply more to Trump himself. It’s kinda spooky!



  1. TheFunRev wrote:

    This behavior (which I, too, have noticed) is often what I see in teenagers who are trying to figure out who they are. Thankfully, the vast majority of teenagers get over that kind of self-hatred and insecurity by the time they’re 18 or 20 and actually have a reasonable sense of identity and personal security. Or, as I tell people all the time, part of the problem with society today is that many people love their neighbors just as they love themselves, which is not very much and not very well.

    Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 6:30 am | Permalink
  2. ebdoug wrote:

    That’s great Rev

    Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 6:37 am | Permalink
  3. Iron Knee wrote:

    Yeah, that was my next theory — that Trump’s behavior is based on self loathing.

    Have you noticed that he also seems to talk about himself in the third person a lot?

    Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 7:27 am | Permalink
  4. Ralph wrote:

    Yes, quite telling. There’s only two others I know of who refer to themselves in the third person. Bob Dole and Elmo.

    Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 8:48 am | Permalink
  5. Wildwood wrote:

    The best defense is a good offense. If I say something about their religious beliefs and then they attack my religious beliefs, then I can say it’s just petty retaliation. Nothing to see here except my opponents crazy accusations.

    It’s very much like the politicians who get up and spout how terrible child sex abuse is, and later get caught with an underage child. Who would believe that someone who was so vocal and protective of children would do that?

    Trump is a bully. He rules by intimidation and threats. That has always worked in the past, so why change now.

    Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 9:21 am | Permalink
  6. Ralph wrote:

    For the record, my previous comment was made before reading your link. Forgot about Jimmy from Seinfeld, but he’s not a real person, unlike Elmo 🙂

    Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 9:25 am | Permalink
  7. Lance Wakely wrote:

    Trump, Clinton. Whatever religion they profess it’s only for public consumption. What they really are is Devil worshipers. They sold their souls a long time ago. We so-called enlightened people probably don’t believe in the devil but assuredly these people do and have made their pact with that entity to achieve their success. A Clinton or a Trump. Both are from the dark side be they devil worship or just your garden variety psychopaths.

    Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 10:54 am | Permalink
  8. Iron Knee wrote:

    Ok, Trump went on the attack again. Just called Clinton a “world-class liar“. And just to make sure we know that he is doing this on purpose, he was reading from a teleprompter.

    But Trump has said “I don’t use teleprompters.” He has also said “I say we should outlaw teleprompters … for anybody running for president.”

    But Trump is an actual prize-winning liar, having been given Politifact’s “Lie of the Year” award in 2015.

    During the same speech, he also said Clinton “may be the most corrupt person ever to seek the presidency of the United States.” Bingo!

    He also claimed that he argued against the war in Iraq, but that is also a lie.

    Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 12:40 pm | Permalink
  9. ebdoug wrote:

    Actually on Politifact, a conservative organization in Tampa, Fl, Clinton lies the least. Every once in awhile it will give a green light to Drumpf (because of Hitler, I refuse to call him anything else) Drumpf had a positive today on Politifact. Very rare.

    Clinton, whether we like her or not will do a good job for this country. Drumpf will destroy it. Moody=loss of 3 million jobs

    Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

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