Speaking to evangelical leaders in Florida on Thursday, Donald Trump emphasized the importance of this year’s election to Christians in general and Donald Trump in particular, who, by his own account, must win in November or spend eternity in the lake that burneth with fire and brimstone.
“So go out and spread the word, and once I get in, I’ll do my thing that I do very well,” he continued. “And I figure it’s probably—maybe the only way I’m going to get into heaven, so I better do a good job.”
Trump: “It’s probably, maybe the only way I’m going to get to heaven…” https://t.co/8ZfJbQbwfX— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) August 11, 2016
Trump’s playful remark drew laughs from the crowd, but, as is so often the case, the joke served to deflect from an uncomfortable tension. Despite being a notorious womanizer who has made his own name synonymous with greed and excess, some of the Republican nominee’s strongest support comes from white evangelicals, 78 percent of whom said they would vote for Trump last month.