Former Republican presidential candidate and senator Ted Cruz reportedly said there was something “fundamentally wrong” with evangelical Christians who voted for Donald Trump during the 2016 elections, according to a new book.
Cruz reportedly told friends: “If you’re a faithful person, if you believe that Jesus Christ died for your sins, emerged from the grave three days later and gives eternal life, and you’re supporting Donald Trump, I think there’s something fundamentally wrong with you.”
The quote comes from a passage written in a new book titled, American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump, theNew York Times reported.
The book is written by Tim Alberta, the chief political correspondent for Politico Magazine, and it tracks the Republican Party and how they changed after Trump came into power.
According to the Times, Trump became furious with evangelical leaders supportive of the Texan senator after they corrected him for his mistake in his citation of the Bible.
Trump referenced Second Corinthians as “Two Corinthians” during a speech at Liberty University, prompting religious leaders like Bob Vander Plaats to criticise the then-presidential hopeful.
As a result, Trump “lashed out” at “so-called Christians” to a party official – with "an epithet". He had reportedly been furious that Plaats and other religious leaders were “hanging around with Ted”.