Trump Taking Flak for Not Reading the Apostles’ Creed at Former President’s Funeral

President Trump and Melania stood as other former Presidents and first wives recite the Apostles’ Creed during the funeral of George H.W. Bush.

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All the former presidents at Bush’s funeral recited the prayer, while Trump did not.

The Twitteratti are tweeting like crazy, pointing out that President Donald Trump, the absolute darling of evangelicals, did not recite Apostles’ Creed when he attended the funeral of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush on December 5. Video footage of the event shows almost all other attendees standing and reciting the profession of faith. The First couple stood but did not sing the hymns or recite the creed. Former presidents in attendance were Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter, who, along with their wives, recited the creed.

The irony of the situation was not lost among social media netizens. Former President Barack Obama, whom President Trump has falsely pointed out as being Muslim, joined in the prayer without hesitation. The video showed all other attendees reciting in unison, except President Trump and his wife, Melania. Trump takes credit for making it alright for people to utter “Merry Christmas” after he and his evangelical followers claimed that “persecuted” Christians were banned to say the two words due to the onslaught of secular thought, and only the present president has the guts to correct such alleged wrong-doing.

Trump’s evangelical followers cannot claim the widely shared videos to be doctored. Innumerable videos clearly showed the attendees of the former President George H.W. Bush’s funeral reciting the Apostles’ Creed standing up. The presidents, both present and former, sat on the front row, at first listening to the booming voice of Michael Curry, the charismatic Episcopal Bishop. They all stood up, as the statement of belief is meant to be recited in unison.

Both President Trump and Melania Trump stood up with the rest of the attendees. He and his wife folded their hands in front of them, with the palms held at waist height. They both did not utter a word. Donald Trump used his left hand to hold the program. His wife did not hold any. Critics were aghast at such behavior. He and his wife could have simply looked at the booklet present in front of them. It was, according to political observers, the perfect time to say something, but he remained quiet. Trump seemed to lack common decency.

Evangelical leaders came to Trump’s rescue in defense. Franklin Graham took to Facebook, saying he too doesn’t always orally participate in church, using singing as an example, saying he “can’t carry a tune” and has “no rhythm.”

Robert Jeffress, a Texas megachurch pastor, also defended Trump. Calling the situation “manufactured controversy,” Jeffress told Christian Today, “I’ve stood next to President Trump and heard him recite the Lord’s Prayer, and I sat behind him at Billy Graham’s funeral and watched him and the first lady sing ‘All Hail The Power of Jesus’ Name.'”

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