Headline RoundupMarch 27th, 2024

Trump's Bible Sale Sparks Controversy

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Former President Donald Trump recently started selling “God Bless the USA” bibles for $59.99 on Truth Social, his social media platform. Some critics accused Trump of commercializing religion for personal gain.

The Details: The “God Bless the USA Bible,” advertised as “the only Bible endorsed by President Trump,” features patriotic elements inspired by country singer Lee Greenwood's song of the same name. 

Key Quotes: In a video posted on Truth Social, Trump stated, “Happy Holy Week! Let’s Make America Pray Again. As we lead into Good Friday and Easter, I encourage you to get a copy of the God Bless the USA Bible.”

For Context: For years, Trump has been tied to the growth of Christian nationalism — reaching a crescendo when he held up a bible in front of St. John's Church in Washington, D.C. amid 2020’s George Floyd protests. The former president’s bible sale comes as he faces four criminal indictments and a series of civil charges, including a $464 million fraud judgement against him and his co-defendants.

How the Media Covered It: Coverage often reflected polarized attitudes about Trump and Christian nationalism; an opinion in MSNBC (Left bias) called Trump's bible sale “cringeworthy” and another entry in a “series of related grifts.” Some also tied the story to Trump’s mounting legal bills. Others highlighted angry reactions from Christians accusing Trump of commercializing their faith. Some on the right emphasized Trump’s comments on Christianity, including the quote, “It's my favorite book.” This summary was developed with the help of AllSides' AI technology.

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