Eric Trump said nobody did more for Christianity, in relation to religious liberty, than his father, former President Donald Trump, while speaking at a conservative event in Kentucky on Saturday.
Trump has long sought to interest conservative, Evangelical Christian voters, an integral group within the Republican Party’s coalition. Throughout his presidency, Trump sought to provide wins to Evangelicals, including nominating Supreme Court justices who have been ready to overturn Roe v. Wade, delivering on a longtime promise to those voters while stripping away reproductive rights for an incredible number of women in the united states.
While speaking at Freedom Festan event held in Morningview, Kentucky, that featured several conservative speakers including Donald Trump Jr., Candace Owens, and Kimberly GilfoyleEric praised his father for taking a stand for “religious liberty.”
“In fighting for religious liberty, there is no one that’s done more for Christianity than Donald Trump. Nobody,” he said.
A video of the remarks was posted to Twitter by attorney Rob Filipkowski, who monitors controversial statements from conservatives, and have been viewed a lot more than 300,000 times by Sunday evening.
His remarks faced criticism from some on Twitter, including several individuals who remarked that many influential figures throughout history have already been credited with doing more for Christianity compared to the former president.
Representative Adam Kinzinger, an Illinois Republican who emerged as a vocal Trump critic following the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot. He was among 10 Republicans who voted to impeach the ex-president and today sits on the congressional committee investigating Trump’s election fraud claims.
“Jesus?” he wrote. “Billy Graham?”
Jesse Ferguson, a Democratic strategist who served as Hillary Clinton‘s deputy press secretary during her 2016 presidential campaign, wrote: “12 apostles have entered the chat.”
Daniel Gullotta, a historian who studies religion in the usa, wrote that Trump’s comments prove “the case for religious studies.”
The Trumps have long spoken publicly about their Christianity, but have faced criticism for remarks on religion sometimes.
In February, Eric said that his ideal dinner guest will be Jesus Christ and he would ask him if he ever envisioned “an individual as incompetent as Joe Biden running america of America?” and questions concerning the difference between Democrats and Republicans.
Some Christians condemned comments from his brother, Donald Trump, Jr., last December, who said throughout a Turning Point USA conference: “We’ve turned another cheek and I am aware type of the biblical reference, I am aware the mentality. But it’s gotten us nothing. OK?”
Peter Wehner, who served in a number of Republican administrations, condemned his comments, accusing Trump Jr. of portraying “the scriptures are essentially a manual for suckers.”
Newsweek reached out to Trump’s office for comment.