Speaking to an Alabama radio host Friday, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump discussed his religious views and vowed to fight the so-called war on Christmas.
“There’s an assault on anything having to do with Christianity,” Trump said on Yellowhammer Radio with Cliff Sims on Friday. “They don’t want to use the word Christmas anymore at department stores.”
“There’s always lawsuits and unfortunately a lot of those lawsuits are won by the other side,” Trump said. “I will assault that. I will go so strongly against so many of the things, when they take away the word Christmas.”
Added Trump: “I go out of my way to use the word Christmas.”
“I’ve even had people that do this very professionally,” Trump recalled on Yellowhammer Radio, “they say, ‘oh don’t mention the word Christmas’…I get up there, I mention Christmas before I even start speaking. So there’s a great assault on Christianity in so many ways.”
Trump said the “assault on Christianity” extends to the government’s policies overseas.
“There’s real assault on Christianity when you look at what’s going on in Syria and ISIS,” Trump said. “Do you know that if you’re a Christian from Syria, you cannot get into the United States? If you’re a Muslim from Syria, it’s one of the easiest places to get into the United States from.”
Asked to describe his faith, Trump described himself as “somebody that believes very strongly in the Bible, believes in God.”
“I’m protestant,” he said. “I’m Presbyterian to be exact. And I grew up in Sunday school, and I did all of the things that you probably did. And I believe very, very strongly. I’m a big believer in the Bible.”
Trump also acknowledged that he doesn’t exactly have a perfect attendance record at church.
“I’m not sure numbers of times going to church,” Trump said. “I go as often as I can. As you can imagine, I have a schedule that’s not like a normal person’s schedule. My schedule is a killer. But I go as often as possible.”
Trump has been making appearances on talk radio stations across Alabama over the last day, previewing the massive campaign rally scheduled for Friday evening at Ladd-Peebles stadium in Mobile. The candidate has estimated that more than 30,000 people could show up.