Trump made a surprise visit to a church in Virginia, and its parishioners were not pleased.
Trump made an unexpected visit to a Virginia church on Sunday — and the pastor of that church apologized to his congregants who were "hurt" by his decision to pray for Trump on stage, acknowledging that they had "valid" reasons for those feelings.
"My aim was in no way to endorse the president, his policies, or his party, but to obey God’s command to pray for our president and other leaders," David Platt, a pastor at McLean Bible Church, wrote in a letter to his church members.
Platt said that he was given almost no heads up that Trump would be stopping by his church, saying that he got a call telling him that Trump "would be there in a matter of minutes, and would like for us to pray for him."
Trump's visit to the church — which Trump made dressed in his golf gear from the round of golf he played at one of his properties earlier in the day — was initially painted as an attempt by Trump to pray for the 12 victims of a mass shooting on Friday in Virginia Beach.
It was painted that way because White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement that Trump went to the church to "visit with the Pastor and pray for the victims and community of Virginia Beach."
I know nothing matters anymore but just try and imagine Fox News’s wall-to-wall coverage had Obama rolled into church with golf cleats on after a mass shooting. https://t.co/Xople6ycjO
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 2, 2019
However, Platt's letter suggested otherwise when he noted that Trump wanted the congregation to "pray for him." Trump, it seemed, wanted them to pray for Trump — not the innocent victims of the latest round of gun violence in America.
Trump's ego truly knows no bounds.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.