Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington D.C. told CNN news anchor Anderson Cooper that she was “outraged” by President Donald’s Trump’s Bible stunt on June 1 in which he walked over to her church, St. John’s, to pose with a Bible after peaceful protesters were teargassed by police and the National Guard.
Budde also shared her outrage on “CBS This Morning” on June 2 (VIDEO ABOVE).
Budde told CNN that Trump’s stunt was “a message antithetical to the teachings of Jesus”:
I am outraged. The President did not pray when he came to St. John’s, nor as you just articulated, did he acknowledge the agony of our country right now. And in particular, that of the people of color in our nation, who wonder if anyone ever — anyone in public power will ever acknowledge their sacred words.
And who are rightfully demanding an end to 400 years of systemic racism and white supremacy in our country. And I just want the world to know, that we in the diocese of Washington, following Jesus and his way of love … we distance ourselves from the incendiary language of this President. We follow someone who lived a life of nonviolence and sacrificial love.
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