- Former President Donald Trump said Saturday that “Americans kneel before God” alone.
- His comments come amid a rise in the concept of Christian nationalism among the far-right.
- Republican Rep. Lauren Bobert recently said that “the church should run the government.”
Former President Donald Trump said during a speech on Saturday that “Americans are kneeling before God” alone as the concept of Christian nationalism continues to gain traction among conservatives.
Trump made the comment while speaking at an event in Tampa, Florida, organized by Turning Point USA, a student conservative group, and posted clip by him on his Truth Social account.
“We will not break, we will not yield, we will never surrender, we will never surrender, we will never, never, never give in. As long as we are confident and united, the tyrants we fight against don’t stand a chance,” Trump said. “Because we are Americans, and Americans kneel before God and God alone.
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Trump’s office did not respond to Insider’s request for comment, but the remark comes as Christian nationalism and some of its ideologies have taken hold in the Republican Party. Recent reports from The New York Times, The New Yorker, and CNN indicate that Christian nationalism is on the rise, especially among the far right.
According to Christianity Today, Christian nationalism is “the belief that the American nation is defined by Christianity and that the government should take active steps to keep it that way.” Christian nationalists believe that the United States is and should remain a “Christian nation.”
They also believe in freedom of religion, but that Christianity should have a “privileged position in the public square,” the publication reported.
A CNN report published Sunday confirms an even darker side of the ideology, arguing that Christian nationalists are using theology to justify sexism and racism as a means of achieving an ideal white Christian America. The report says such ideas are becoming more common in churches across the country.
After Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021 carried crosses or invoked theology to justify their actions, some argued that the riot also constituted a “Christian riot.”
The concept and some of its ideologies have been touted recently by Republican lawmakers.
Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green of Georgia, who also attended the Turning Point USA event, identifies as a Christian nationalist in an interview this weekend while explaining that Republicans should represent their constituents instead of lobbyists or big donors.
“We need to be the party of nationalism, and I’m a Christian and I say it proudly, we need to be Christian nationalists,” Green said, adding that when the Republican Party learns to represent its constituents, the party will grow.
Green’s office did not immediately respond to Insider’s questions about how she personally defines the concept.
Others were more forthright: Republican Rep. Lauren Bobert of Colorado, also a Christian and attending the event in Florida this weekend, said recently that the church should be in charge of government.
“The church should lead the government, the government should not lead the church,” she said last month. “This is not how our founding fathers intended it. And I’m tired of this separation of church and state junk that’s not in the constitution.”
But some Republicans pushed back against such concepts, including Representative Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, also a Christian, who blown up Boebert’s remarks and compared them to the Taliban, an Islamic militant group.