Joe Watkins, former White House aide to President George H.W. Bush — who also happens to be a pastor — said he would “not be inclined to sign someone’s holy book.” He did, however, note that the people asking Trump to sign their Bibles did not appear to be bothered by it.
Former Obama White House aide Will Jawando added, “I’m of the opinion that only Jesus should be signing a Bible.”
MoveOn.org senior advisor Karine Jean-Pierre argued that the move was unprecedented and even “bizarre,” saying, “I’ve never seen that. I don’t think any of us has ever heard of a president signing a Bible.”
And they weren’t alone.
Politico called the move “an unusual gesture.”
Trump extended an unusual gesture as he sought to comfort Alabama residents devastated by a tornado there last weekend — he signed Bibles https://politi.co/2Txubm4
Trump signs Bibles during disaster tour of Alabama
Trump offered up his autograph to first responders and survivors at a Baptist church in the eastern part of the state.
And it only got worse from there.
Conservative commentator Michelle Malkin rained on their parade with a single tweet, reminding them that a president signing Bibles wasn’t exactly a new phenomenon.
1) Truman’s signed note in an admirer’s Book of Psalms https://natedsanders.com/blog/2016/10/harry-truman-memorabilia/ …
2-3) Autographs of Clintons, Gore, Carters, Mondale in bible of collector Stephen Koschal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJmxm-Axzug …
4) Heads exploding over Trump signing Bibles for Alabama tornado survivors
Malkin listed Truman, Clinton, Gore, Carter and Mondale among the presidents, vice presidents, and candidates who had signed Bibles or Psalms books — and she posted photos.
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