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666 Reasons to Like Donald Trump
12 March 2016
Donald Trump’s Interview with Jake Tapper of CNN
“This is how demagogues rise to power. It is also the pattern of Anti-Christ. I’m not comparing [Donald] Trump to the Anti-Christ; I’m just saying the desire of the people for a political savior is the pattern that will lead to the rise of Anti-Christ.”—Political commentator Cal Thomas, December 16, 2015
Jake Tapper, CNN: So Mr. Trump, some evangelical Christians have suggested that you’re the Anti-Christ.
Donald Trump: The evangelicals love me. So do the Jews! And they are very tough negotiators.
Tapper: I know you’re polling well with evangelicals. But there’s a subset who thinks you might be the—
Trump: I don’t know anything about that. There are many groups out there that support me.
Tapper: They don’t support you. They think you’re the Devil!
Trump: Anyone who says that is a dummy, and a loser, and a pathetic person. And none of this in the Bible. Which is my favorite book, by the way.
Tapper: It is in the Bible. The book of Daniel says that the Anti-Christ “will exalt and magnify himself.”
Trump: I don’t have to do that! I’ve got Trump Properties, and Trump Mortgages, and Trump Steaks, and Trump University—
Tapper: Wait, aren’t you being sued for defrauding students at Trump University? The Bible calls Satan “the father of lies.”
Trump: I am the father of a beautiful woman. You know, if she wasn’t my daughter—
Tapper: It also tells us to “beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing”—
Trump: It is better to live one day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep! The Bible says that, too.
Tapper: No, sir, Benito Mussolini said that.
Tapper: Speaking of the Book of Daniel, it also says that the Anti-Christ “shall persecute the saints of the Most High.”
Trump: You mean, like Pope Francis? He is a very political person, and he doesn’t understand how dangerous the Mexicans are.
Tapper: Revelations says that the Anti-Christ “was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words.”
Trump: Like what I called Ted Cruz? I can’t say it on TV, but think “cat.”
Tapper: Back to the Book of Daniel. It says that the Anti-Christ will appear first as a “little horn.”
Trump: Just because I have little hands? I guarantee you, there’s no problem with my horn. I guarantee it.
Tapper: Mr. Trump, we have to go to a commercial break. Just once more, for the record: will you confirm that you’re not Satan?
Trump: I already did that, on Twitter.
Jonathan Zimmerman teaches education and history at New York University. He is the author of “Too Hot to Handle: A Global History of Sex Education” (Princeton University Press).