Hillary Clinton is a Methodist Christian. She grew up in a Methodist household, and taught adult Sunday school classes at her parish long before becoming first lady. This information is extremely easy to find, such as by typing “Hillary Clinton religion” into the search engine of your choice and pressing Enter on your keyboard. Despite this, Donald Trump seems to think his competitor’s religious affiliation are still up for debate.
“We don’t know anything about Hillary in terms of religion,” Trump said at a meeting with evangelical leaders this morning. “She’s been in the public eye for years and years, and yet there’s nothing out there. There’s like nothing out there.”
The conservative pastor E.W. Jackson, who attended the meeting, tweeted a video of Trump’s remarks that was later picked up by The Hill.
Trump continued with an impressive bit of dog-whistling about President Obama: “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.”
It’s a bizarre bit of rhetoric, but it shouldn’t come as a surprise coming from the man who brought Obama birtherism mainstream. Hillary isn’t exactly an undeserving target, either: In 2008, When Fox News ran a series of segments questioning Obama’s connections to a Chicago pastor named James Meeks, the network seemed to have been tipped off about Meeks’ less savory aspects by Sidney Blumenthal, Clinton’s longtime advisor.