A forthcoming book claims that former President Donald Trump launched a profanity-laden tirade against Iowa evangelicals who refused to endorse him.
According to The Guardian, the book titled “The Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory: American Evangelicals in an Age of Extremism” by Tim Alberta, a respected reporter and staff writer for the Atlantic, is set to be published on December 5.
The book details a fallout following an event at Liberty University, an evangelical college in Virginia, shortly before the Iowa vote in January 2016.
Trump, who faced criticism within evangelical circles for mispronouncing “Two Corinthians” instead of “Second Corinthians” during a discussion about his favorite Bible passage, reportedly became infuriated.
This criticism, especially from those supporting Senator Ted Cruz at the time, led to Trump expressing strong resentment. Trump allegedly used explicit language to denounce evangelicals associated with Cruz, telling an Iowa Republican official, “You know, these so-called Christians hanging around with Ted are some real pieces of sh-t.”
The book claims that in private conversations over the subsequent years, Trump continued to employ even more colorful language to describe the evangelical community.
This revelation coincides with a recent split in the evangelical community, as influential Iowa religious figure Bob Vander Plaats has endorsed Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for the 2024 election.
The endorsement has stirred controversy among some evangelicals, with Jackson Lehmeyer, the director of Pastors for Trump, making a disparaging comparison by calling Vander Plaats a “street whore.”