Yesterday Donald Trump tweeted the following:
President Obama’s church attendance at various Christian churches throughout his life is well documented. He and his family currently attend an Episcopal church in Washington DC. Though the Obama family’s church attendance is irregular, both Obama children have been baptized and the President frequently invokes God while speaking.
It is an ironic stance for Trump to take, as last week’s scandal found Trump attacking Pope Francis for questioning his faith. Trump lobbed plenty of vitriol at Pope Francis before both sides backed down and cooled off.
President Obama and Michelle did attend a more private viewing of Scalia’s body on Friday in the Great Hall. Vice President Joe Biden did attended the funeral. The White House stated that the security footprint for the President would have been disruptive to the deeply religious Catholic service, and that a more private viewing was “an appropriate and respectful arrangement.”
In the CNN South Carolina Town Hall meeting on Thursday Trump made the claim that “I’m a self funder. I’m not taking any money, OK?”
It is true that he is funding most of his own campaign. According to NBC News, he has loaned his campaign $10.8 million dollars and donated $100,000. However, he has accepted $2.6 million in donations from supporters and special interests, making the the claim that he is not taking “any money” simply untrue. Even if $2.6 million is chump change to Trump (Trump change?), that still qualifies as an amount of money that his campaign has received.
In Charleston, SC yesterday Trump gleefully told an apocryphal legend of General Pershing executing Muslim prisoners using bullets soaked in pig’s blood:
“(Pershing) took fifty bullets, and he dipped them in pig’s blood. And he had his men load his rifles and he lined up the fifty people, and they shot 49 of those people. And the fiftieth person he said ‘You go back to your people and you tell them what happened.’ And for 25 years there wasn’t a problem, okay?”
According to snopes.com, there is little evidence that this incident occurred, and would be in direct opposition to Pershing’s previous strategy of containing the insurgency and persuading them to surrender. Additionally, in the entire Bud Dajo campaign there were only twelve Moro casualties.