If you’re going to have a momentary misstep while attending a church service, being too quick to make an offering probably isn’t a bad one to make.
Such was the case with Donald Trump at a Sunday service at First Christian Orchard Campus in Council Bluffs, Iowa, the Associated Press reports. When communion was passed to Trump, wife Melania, and two staffers in attendance, the GOP front-runner briefly mistook it for the offering plate and grabbed a number of bills from his pocket, according to AP.
“I thought it was for offering,” he said with a chuckle to his staff, AP reports.
No harm done, though, as Trump later made a donation when the time came a few minutes later in the service.
Evangelicals have long been critical in Iowa’s GOP caucuses, and as The Washington Post notes, Trump’s efforts to court them haven’t always gone swimmingly:
“Trump has made several efforts to woo evangelicals, including a recent visit to Liberty University in Virginia. There he was made fun of after he cited a Bible verse as being from “Two Corinthians” instead of “Second Corinthians.” (Using “Two Corinthians” is common in Britain, and his mother is from Scotland.)”
As Trump left Sunday’s service, AP notes that the church’s pastor offered him a prayer “that Jesus would guide his decisions.”
“Thank you,” Trump said. “I need that.”
Source: USA Today | Cooper Allen