Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) condemned President Donald Trump for holding a Bible while outside the historic St. John’s Episcopal Church.
On June 1, 2020, the democratic socialist tweeted: “He holds that Bible like it’s burning him.”
He holds that Bible like it’s burning him.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 2, 2020
The night before, rioters had set fire to the church and damaged the building’s basement.
Trump Visits a Desecrated Church
The day after rioters desecrated the landmark building, the president headed across Lafayette Square to the church, reassuring that he would keep our country safe.
I almost can’t believe what I’m seeing. POTUS just walked out the front door of the White House and into Lafayette Square – the epicenter of the DC protests – to visit historic St. John’s Church, which was set on fire last night. pic.twitter.com/XueoF2RC6z
— Kristin Fisher (@KristinFisher) June 1, 2020
“We have the greatest country in the world. We’re going to keep it safe,” President Trump said.
Riots Continue to Wreak Havoc
As protests and riots continue to wreak havoc across the nation, the president announced that he would utilize all federal resources to combat the growing violence.
The riots started in response to the death of George Floyd – a man who died while in police custody on May 25, 2020.
As the Left and Black Lives Matter call for police to be defunded, President Trump has asked mayors and governors to provide an “overwhelming law enforcement presence.”
Breitbart News reported that President Trump also warned he would deploy the U.S. military if state leaders do not “take the action necessary to defend the life and property of their residents.”
Pro-Christian President Seeks God
President Trump ran on the platform of putting America first and protecting our nation, and he appears to be trying to do just that.
“My first and highest duty as president is to defend our great country and the American people. I swore an oath to uphold the laws of our nation and that is exactly what I will do,” he said.
President Trump has shown himself to be one of the most pro-Christian presidents in America’s history. From his pro-life stance, his appointments of conservative Supreme Court judges, and his ferocity in fighting for religious freedom, Trump has continued to gain evangelical support during his presidency.
In January of 2020, the president was in Florida starting “Evangelicals for Trump,” a coalition of Christian leaders who back his re-election goals.
“We know that families and churches, not Washington and bureaucrats, know best how to create strong and loving communities. Above all else, we know this. In America, we don’t worship government, we worship God,” Trump told the Florida crowd, according to reporting by the Daily Caller.
The president’s Christian rhetoric and support does not sit well with many on the left, including Ocasio-Cortez, who is colloquially known as AOC.
AOC’s Hypocrisy Called Out
During a 2019 conversation with CNN‘s Jake Tapper, Senior White House Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway pointed out AOC’s affinity towards Muslim mosques while seemingly ignoring Christian persecution.
“I see officials who get a lot of airtime and ink like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, congresswoman, who tweets many times about the mosque and never once about the Christians being killed in Sri Lanka,” Conway said.
After Conway called her out, AOC tweeted about the Sri Lanka attack on Christians, and voiced her anger at Conway for questioning her “Christian faith.”
Darned If He Does, Darned If He Doesn’t
Despite this, it didn’t take long before the socialist politician was criticizing the president for holding a Bible, and for his Christian faith.
The same woman who said Jesus would be “maligned as a radical,” and tried to skew scripture to push LQBTQ agendas, is condemning the president’s holding of a Bible.
History has shown that basically no matter what the president does, he will be heavily criticized by the establishment media and jaded political leaders.
People like AOC may criticize President Trump’s strong action of visiting St. John’s Church and holding up a Bible to symbolize his ties with God, but to his supporters, it was seen as a respectable act.