Opening for Donald Trump, televangelist Mark Burns says Bernie Sanders needs to get “saved.”
A pastor and a televangelist Mark Burns said that Bernie Sanders “doesn’t believe in God” and he needs to be “saved.” He was speaking at Donald Trump campaign rally in North Carolina on Monday.
Speaking to his audience, Burns said that Sanders “doesn’t believe in God,” and, “Bernie gotta get saved. He gotta meet Jesus… He gotta have a ‘coming to Jesus’ meeting.” He said this during a Q&A program which involved Donald Trump and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at Lenoir-Rhyne University.
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During an interview with CNN, Bernie Sanders defended his faith claiming that he is still a Jew despite the fact that he does not speak about religion frequently during his campaign rallies. "No, I'm very proud of being Jewish and being Jewish is so much of what I am … And that's an essential part of who I am as a human being," Sanders said. "
The televangelist claimed that Sanders has proved to be a non-religious minded leader. He challenged him to become an individual who puts a lot of emphasis in recognizing and protecting different religious liberties. Because Sanders is Jewish, Burns expected him to be talking more about the Jewish faith and heritage.
Burns said that if Sanders would be elected as president, he would concentrate less on religious matters. "Obviously, if he was ever elected president he would be the first non-Christian, and that's not an issue that he is not a Christian, so to speak, so this is not anything bad about the Jewish people."
Burns also added that “All lives Matters” which diluted the concept behind #BlackLivesMatter Movement. He is the co-founder and the CEO of the NOW Television Network, which is influential among African-American viewers. He has however received a lot of criticism by other African-American pastors for his questionable political inclination.