Donald Trump Said Hillary Clinton Never Talks About Her Faith. Here Are 4 Times She Did.

Source: AP
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Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump questioned Hillary Clinton's faith before a group of evangelical leaders Tuesday, saying there's "nothing out there" on her religious beliefs — despite the fact that Clinton has discussed her Methodist upbringing many times throughout her public life. 

"She's been in the public eye for years and years, and yet there's nothing out there, there's like nothing out there," Trump said, according to a video released by Christian minister and GOP politician E.W. Jackson. "It's going to be an extension of Obama, but it's going to be worse because with Obama you had your guard up, with Hillary you don't."

While Clinton does not often speak about her faith, there's a well-documented trail of comments she's made on the role of religion in her life.

At a town hall event in January in Iowa, Clinton told an attendee that her Methodist faith has guided her decisions in public service.

"My study of the Bible, my many conversations with people of faith, has led me to believe the most important commandment is to love the Lord with all your might and to love your neighbor as yourself, and that is what I think we are commanded by Christ to do," Clinton said, according to the New York Times. "And there is so much more in the Bible about taking care of the poor, visiting the prisoners, taking in the stranger, creating opportunities for others to be lifted up, to find faith themselves that I think there are many different ways of exercising your faith."

In an interview with CNN in January, she also discussed her faith, saying she's "had a lot of blessings" in her life that led her to want to help others. 

"I'm grateful that I was both raised with a faith and that the faith has sustained me," Clinton said in the interview. "I am very committed to what I believe is the discipline and the mandates that you should be responding to as a Christian and for me that has a lot to do with, you know, lifting up those who are the last, the lost and the least among us and trying to give more people a chance to chart a more positive for themselves. That's what I've always cared about and that's what I'll do as president."

In September, Clinton attended the 200th anniversary of the Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C., a church up the street from the White House where she regularly worshipped at during her husband's presidency.  

There, she spoke about how the church sustained her during tough times in her life.

"In place after place after place, the Methodist church and my fellow Methodists have been a source of support, honest reflection and candid critique," Clinton said, according to the Washington Post

It's not only this election cycle where she's spoken about her religion.

"I pray, I read the Bible, I read commentary on scriptures, I read other people's faith journeys," Clinton said in a 2007 interview with the New York Times. "That is, for me, at the real core of how I keep feeding my faith."

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Nor is this the first time Trump has questioned a political leader's religion.

Trump was one of the leaders of the movement of Republicans who questioned whether President Barack Obama was a secret Muslim. He also attacked Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's evangelical faith during the primary, asking in a tweet in February, "How can Ted Cruz be an Evangelical Christian when he lies so much and is so dishonest?" And in October, he expressed skepticism of Ben Carson's practicing of Seventh-day Adventism. 

"I'm Presbyterian," Trump said at a rally in Florida. "Boy, that's down the middle of the road, folks, in all fairness. I mean, Seventh-day Adventist, I don't know about. I just don't know about."

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Emily C. Singer, née Cahn, is a senior writer for Mic covering politics. She is based in New York and can be reached at esinger@mic.com

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