Reverend Schools Trump By Quoting Bible, Tells President to 'Break With Your Sins and Start Living For Others'

An American reverend on Thursday schooled Donald Trump by quoting the Bible after the president declared yesterday that he was "the chosen one" to handle the country's trade imbalances with China.

"I am the chosen one... so I am taking on China. I'm taking on China on trade. And you know what? We're winning," Trump told reporters on Wednesday, referencing a title often reserved for religious figures such as Jesus.

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US President Donald Trump speaks to the press on the South Lawn of the White House before departing in Washington, DC on August 9, 2019. A church minister on Thursday schooled Trump by quoting the Bible after the president asserted that he is the "chosen one." Nicholas Kamm/Getty

In response to a tweet posted by MSNBC's Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough, the Rev. William Barber quoted extracts from the fourth chapter of the Book of Daniel and compared Trump to Babylon's King Nebuchadnezzar, a ruler who bragged often.

"King Nebuchadnezzar... boasted, 'Look at this, Babylon the great! And I built it all by myself... to display my honor and glory!'" Rev. Barber tweeted. "The words were no sooner out of his mouth than a voice out of heaven spoke, 'This is the verdict... your kingdom is taken from you.'"

Barber went on to quote another verse from the Book of Daniel in offering advice to the president. "So, king, take my advice: Make a clean break with your sins and start living for others," he wrote. "Quit your wicked life and look after the needs of the down-and-out."

In a series of tweets posted hours before he claimed he was the "chosen one" on Wednesday, Trump quoted conservative radio host Wayne Allyn Root's claims that Israeli Jews see him as the "second coming of God." Root, who describes himself as a "Jew turned evangelical Christian," wrote the 2015 book Angry White Male: How the Donald Trump Phenomenon Is Changing America and is known to have peddled numerous right-wing conspiracy theories in recent years.

Trump thanked Root for the "very nice words," before then sharing the host's statements that claim "the Jewish people in Israel love him like he's the King of Israel," he is "the greatest President for Jews and for Israel in the history of the world," and they "love him like he is the second coming of God."

The president's tweets came a day after he condemned "any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat" because it "shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty." Trump's remarks were met with widespread outrage, particularly by some leaders in the Jewish community who say the president may have played into anti-semitic tropes by describing Jews as disloyal.