"Ronald Reagan, he didn't read the Bible every day, seven days a week. But he was a great president," Donald Trump said in his own defense

By Tierney McAfee
Updated January 19, 2016 01:50 PM
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Donald Trump flubbed a Bible reference while speaking at a campaign event at Virginia’s Liberty University on Monday – and the religious crowd was quick to call him out on it.

“We’re going to protect Christianity. I can say that. I don’t have to be politically correct,” the billionaire businessman said. “Two Corinthians, 3:17, that’s the whole ballgame is that the one you like?”

Err, close. The verse, “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty,” hails from what Christians refer to as “Second Corinthians” – not “Two Corinthians.”

Several students at the Christian university corrected Trump’s mistake on the spot, while other critics took to Twitter to poke fun at Trump using the freshly minted meme, “Two Corinthians walk into a bar…”

Rival campaigns for Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio also went in for the kill on Twitter.

Rubio’s faith outreach director wrote:

And Cruz’s rapid-response director tweeted:

Trump fired back at Cruz in an interview Monday night, saying he would be “much stronger in protecting the evangelicals” than the Texas senator.

“Ronald Reagan, he didn’t read the Bible every day, seven days a week. But he was a great president. And he was a great president for Christianity,” Trump told the Christian Broadcasting Network‘s David Brody. “And frankly, I would say that I would be a far better leader.”

Well, he may think so but the verdict is out among evangelicals.

In addition to botching his Corinthians citation, Trump also used the word “hell” multiple times in his speech at Liberty University – where cursing is prohibited. According to CNN, many locals were not amused. They took to the anonymous commenting website Yik Yak to criticize Trump’s foul language.

Wrote one commenter: “Mr. Trump, I’m afraid you need to put a quarter in the swear jar.”