After GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s awkward Bible gaffe during an interview last week, the hashtag #TrumpBible went viral, with thousands of social media users imagining how the famous mogul’s versions of Biblical events might go.
Trump appeared on Bloomberg’s “With All Due Respect” on Wednesday, August 26, where interviewers Mark Halperin and John Heilemann asked him to name his favorite Bible verse. Trump dodged the question, saying, “I wouldn’t want to get into it. Because to me, that’s very personal.”
When asked if he preferred the Old or New Testament, Trump replied, “Uh, probably equal.”
The misstep prompted an immediate reaction on Twitter, where thousands began to re-imagine Bible stories as Trump might tell them, using the hashtag #TrumpBible.
Over 10,000 tweets have been sent with the hashtag, and a new Twitter handle called “The Trump Bible” already has over 70,000 followers.
And Moses went to Pharaoh and said to him, “Let my people go!” and Pharaoh did because Moses knew how to negotiate. #TrumpBible — Ben Casselman (@bencasselman) August 26, 2015
Took God 6 days to create the Universe. Bad management. I would’ve done it faster, cheaper & Satan would pay for it #TrumpBible” — IG: mentorababio335 (@MentorAbabio) August 30, 2015
Jesus? What a dummy! Broke his whole life. Never had a job. Lived in some kind of hippie commune. Total Loser. #TrumpBible
— S. Douglas (@blackmagpie69) August 30, 2015
Joseph & Mary rode a donkey into a foreign town to have a baby in a manger? Sound like illegals to me. #AnchorBaby #TrumpBible #BuildAWall — S. Douglas (@blackmagpie69) August 30, 2015
“Jesus of Nazareth? Maybe. I’ve got credible evidence from some top Romans that says he isn’t.” #TrumpBible
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) August 28, 2015
Trump has been emphasizing his faith and connection to the Bible on the campaign trail, saying that the Bible is his “favorite book”.
“I go to church and I love God and I love my church,” he has said. Following the Bloomberg interview, he told CNN that he didn’t think his statements had damaged his chances with evangelical Christian voters.