Throughout his presidency, Trump has been no stranger to taking credit for other people’s accomplishments. Today, Sean Spicer, Trump’s Press Secretary, gave the President credit for “starting the tradition” of the National Prayer Breakfast.
It was started in 1953.
Spicer says Trump is "starting a tradition" with National Prayer Breakfast. It started in 1953. pic.twitter.com/s5bZyTQteD
— Tommy Christopher (@tommyxtopher) May 1, 2017
Sean Spicer said:
I don’t know enough about [the] Obama thing, how far back it went, but you know, each President is going to have their own traditions, and I think this is one that the President— you know, that morning, after you got the Easter egg roll and there’s a lot going on, this is his way of starting a tradition here at this White House to bring faith leaders from a variety of backgrounds here to the White House.
Trump has a shaky relationship, at best, with religion. He famously claimed that his favorite book is the Bible before citing “Two Corinthians” in a speech to evangelicals at Liberty University. The verse is called “Second Corinthians.”
The Bible, of course, is followed by Trump’s own book, “The Art of the Deal,” which Trump did not write.
While the President is a member of a Presbyterian church in Manhattan, the church has declared that he is not an active member. Trump has also yet to name a director of the Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
The National Prayer Breakfast, for its part, is not new. It has been attended by every U.S. President since Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953. Trump’s own HUD Secretary, Ben Carson, was even the special guest speaker as far back as 1997.
Trump’s shameless appropriation of credit has caused his credibility to plummet, as most of the empty rhetoric that he spews can easily be fact checked by anyone with internet access or a basic understanding of social studies. That hasn’t, however, stopped him, or his chief messenger, Sean Spicer, from continuing to present false information to the public as if they were Trump’s accomplishments. The President may want to consider encouraging meaningful legislation of his own, rather than simply stealing it from the real leaders that came before him.