During a speech aimed at appealing to Christians on Monday, Donald Trump cited a verse from “two Corinthians” in a speech about faith at Liberty University.
When Trump’s citation of 2 Corinthians 3:17 (which is usually referred to as “second Corinthians”) was met with stunned silence from the crowd, he explained that he mentioned the verse because it was about liberty.
“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty… And here is Liberty University,” he said. “Is that the one you like? I think that’s the one you like, because I loved it.”
Though his reference to the verse wasn’t altogether wrong, his unconventional turn of phrase drew much ire.
His speech at Liberty University wasn’t the first time Trump has talked publicly about the Bible and his faith. In the past, he has explained that his favorability among Evangelical voters shows that he is serious about his Christianity, and when he was asked at the Family Leadership Summit in July if he had ever asked God for forgiveness, Trump described taking communion.
“When I drink my little wine – which is about the only wine I drink – and have my little cracker, I guess that’s a form of asking for forgiveness,” Trump said.
Watch this montage of video footage in which Trump has described his Christian faith.