Donald Trump Jr. compared Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the devil after his father doubted, without naming her, Pelosi’s claim that she regularly prays for the president.
The president’s eldest son re-tweeted a clip from the National Prayer Breakfast in which his father told the crowd: “I don’t like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong. Nor do I like people who say ‘I pray for you’ when they know that’s not so.”
“Likelihood of Nancy Pelosi praying for Trump is about the same as the likelihood of Satan running around quoting the Scriptures,” Don Jr. wrote on Twitter.
Likelihood of Nancy Pelosi praying for Trump is about the same as the likelihood of Satan running around quoting the Scriptures. https://t.co/rdz7UdOEvu
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 6, 2020
Some Christians took to social media to note that Don Jr. inadvertently revealed his lack of Scripture knowledge. Many Christians believe the devil often poses as a person of faith by quoting the Holy Book to mislead the faithful.
The Rev. Matthew Schneider, among others, cited Matthew 4:5-6, part of a narrative commonly referred to as the Temptation of Christ. The encounter is also featured in the Gospels of Mark and Luke.
“The devil… said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written [in the Scriptures], “He will give his angels charge of you,” and “On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone,” Father Schneider posted, quoting the relevant verses in Matthew.
In his next tweet, the priest noted Jesus’s response in the next verse, Matthew 4:7.
“Jesus said to him, ‘Again it is written, “You shall not tempt the Lord your God,”’” Matthew wrote, prompting Father Schneider to comment: “So Jesus … answered the devil quoting Scriptures in mischievous ways.
“Satan does quote scripture and so do rank hypocrites who serve him because they think gullible dumb sheep will buy it,” one Twitter user replied to Don Jr.
“I pray hard for him because he’s so off the track of our constitution, our values, our country, the air our children breathe, the water they drink, and the rest,” Pelosi said at her weekly press conference hours after Trump’s indirect criticism of her. “He really needs our prayers.”
Pelosi said that his remarks about Romney, who cited his faith when explaining his decision to support Trump’s removal from office, were “particularly without class” and was “inappropriate,” given they were at a prayer breakfast.
“God bless him for his courage,” she said of the Utah senator. “[Trump was] talking about things he knows little about faith and prayer.”
Pelosi on Trump saying he doesn't believe she prays for him: "I pray hard for him b/c he's so off the track of our constitution, our values … he really needs our prayers … I do so sincerely & without anguish … I thought what he said with Romney was especially without class" pic.twitter.com/2567o64hiG
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 6, 2020