Donald Trump questioned Mitt Romney’s faith at a Salt Lake City rally on Friday night, ripping the former GOP presidential nominee as a “choke artist” before wondering whether he was truly a member of the Mormon religion. “Are you sure he’s a Mormon? Are we sure?” he asked a supportive crowd. Romney, just hours earlier, had indicated he’d be casting a vote for Ted Cruz in Utah’s caucuses Tuesday. Trump’s broadside was the latest and most direct in a trend of questioning his opponents’ religion. He previously wondered about Ben Carson’s Seventh Day Adventist faith and suggested that Ted Cruz is unlikely to be a true evangelical because he hails from Cuba.
“Let me tell you something about Mitt Romney,” Trump nearly shouted. “I have known that man to be a hypocrite, I have known that man to be a liar, but I have not thus far heard or thought that he would lie about religion. Religion was like something you don’t mess with in his book, but clearly that’s not the case. Mitt Romney a Mormon? Come on, I’m more Mormon than him. And you want to know something? The only reason he’s pretending to be a Mormon is because he made the mistake of claiming it back in 2012 in the first place, and he did it publicly. So, now he can’t take back his word, because he’ll be labelled a liar. But that’s ok, because that’s what he really is, and everybody knows it. So, go ahead, Mitt, don’t be scared. You have nothing left to lose.”
The billionaire businessman and former reality TV star went on to say that “Mormons are a great people and a great religion,” and added that there is a particular aspect of being Mormon that he agrees with and plans to practice more openly in the future. “I gotta tell you, there are some pretty awesome people here tonight,” the media mogul complimented the crowd, causing whistles of approval. “I love what you people are doing, and you aren’t getting enough credit for it. You’ve got all these great things about your religion, like the multi-wives thing. I’m absolutely loving that!” he shouted, followed by applause. “Pretty soon, I’ll have to start practicing more of that. In fact, you know what I’m going to do when I make it to the White House? I’m going to enact a law that will allow you to be legally allowed to marry several women. I mean, if the gays can do it, so should you.”
“I’m sorry to say that I see what’s going on with you, as well as with many other religions across America,” Trump said. “You’re being marginalized, you’re being persecuted, you’re being exterminated like you’re a plague. And all that because you’re different. And to top it all off, you’re stuck with a representative who not only lost the election in 2012, but is also pretending to be a member of this great religion at the same time. That’s just wrong. So, here’s what I’m going to do – I’m going to go ahead and start promoting the whole more-than-one-wife thing as of right now. I’m going to show my support in such a way that I’m going to import a couple more Eastern European smoking hot top models, and I’m going to marry all of them and I’m going to show the world that there’s nothing wrong with that. So, don’t worry, dear Mormons – you’ve got soon-to-be President Donald Trump on your side.”