Trump called out by some Christians for using 'Lord's name in vain' at fiery NC rally

Mark Price, The Charlotte Observer on

Published in Political News

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The controversial "send her back" crowd chant at President Donald Trump's North Carolina rally may have gotten all the headlines, but some Christians are grumbling over something most of the media completely ignored.

Trump cursed, and it was not just a few vulgarities. He took the Lord's name in vain.


One state senator in West Virginia was so offended that he sent a letter of rebuke to the White House Thursday, pointing out Trump's "terrible choice of words" during the Greenville rally.

Senator Paul Hardesty of West Virginia's seventh district -- which is coal country -- started by admitting he is a conservative Democrat who supports Trump and his pro-coal policies.

"I am, however, appalled by the fact that you chose to use the Lord's name in vain on two separate occasions, when you went off the prompter during your speech," he says in his letter.


"There is no place in society -- anywhere, any place and at any time -- where that type of language should be used or handled. Your comments were not presidential," he wrote.

Hardesty concluded by asking Trump to reflect on his comments and curb his cursing. "Please remember Mr. President, in the United States of America, 'In God We Trust,' not curse," he added.

Among the two instances Trump used the term, according to RawStory, was an anecdote the president told of a meeting with a disliked business competitor who Trump says admitted to prospering under the Trump administration.

"If you don't support me, you are going to be so Goddamn poor, you are not going to believe it'," Trump quoted himself telling the man.


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