Sarah Huckabee Sanders says God 'wanted Donald Trump to become president.' But that's not all she said about faith

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  • #1Cougarfan Riverton, UT
    Feb. 10, 2019 9:14 a.m.

    Look at the alternative? With Hillary in there we would be a godless country. Trump's support of religious freedoms speaks volumes.

  • Thomas Jefferson Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 5, 2019 12:26 p.m.

    It seems to me that she is paid to lie for who is in my opinion the worst president we will ever elect. That is her job. Its kind of gross.

  • J. Smith Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 4, 2019 8:12 a.m.

    Coin toss: Baby-Jesuses vs. Mother Nature. 10 to 1 Mommie Nature wins......

  • J. Smith Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 4, 2019 8:02 a.m.

    In my humble yet saged 60 year old opinion, Mother Nature has far more influence over our beloved earth, humanity and it's future. Baby-jesuses has zilch and will not triumph in the end, but Mother Nature will wipe humanity off the face of the earth.....

  • J. Smith Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 4, 2019 7:26 a.m.

    Trump and his far-right evangelical base will be swept into the dustpan of history......

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Feb. 2, 2019 9:52 a.m.

    When William conquered England in 1066, his archbishop justified the mass slaughter of Anglo-Saxons with the infamous words "Deus vult" -- "It is the will of God."

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    Feb. 2, 2019 7:52 a.m.

    What would an unbelieving atheist know about what God wants? On matters of faith, it is foolish to believe people who have proven themselves faithless! You can not get "living water" from an empty vessel. If you want to find faith in God, you must go where it exists, not where there is none to be had.

  • Astoria Jim Mamaroneck, NY
    Feb. 1, 2019 11:49 a.m.

    If there are indeed Pearly Gates at the entrance of heaven, and St Peter meets you, with your Book of Life in his hands, would you trade your book with Donald Trump's? For that matter, would Huckabee Sanders trade her book for Trump's?

  • The Atheist Provo, UT
    Feb. 1, 2019 8:35 a.m.

    Religion poisons everything.

    Thanks for making the case, Sarah.

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, WA
    Feb. 1, 2019 8:35 a.m.

    Not surprised --
    I've heard MANY Latter-Day Saints [right here, on this Newspaper] argue the exact same thing...

  • Ranch Here, UT
    Feb. 1, 2019 7:50 a.m.

    If god wanted Trump, then he isn't infallable; he made the biggest mistake in his eternal existence.


    Donald Trump promotes taking from the poor and giving to the rich; paying off porn stars; lying to the American Public; letting the poor and needy die from preventable illnesses; and did I say taking from the poor and giving to the rich?

    (again, zygotes aren't babies)


    In that case then, per SHS's comment Putin=god. ;)


    I think you meant worst, and you meant since ever, not just the last 100 years.

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    Jan. 31, 2019 9:03 p.m.

    Wow (with huge lackluster tone).

    I laugh to my self constantly about this trump thing. I just try to imagine what it would be like if Obama or his administration had done and said the thing Trump has done. The list is so huge that I just cannot imagine.

    Now, Sarah Sanders pulls the GOD Card.

    I am speechless!

  • Astoria Jim Mamaroneck, NY
    Jan. 31, 2019 6:51 p.m.

    To use her reasoning, every American President must have been God's choice. Even Richard Nixon, Warren Harding, and James Buchanan, whose incompetence and indifference may have brought on the Civil War.
    And if God eventually decides who becomes President, that means He also decided/decreed that Mitt Romney should be defeated by Barack Obama, right?

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Jan. 31, 2019 6:50 p.m.

    We don’t need any more articles about why people are leaving religion in droves. Sara has cleared the question up fully.

  • Susan Storm Sandy, UT
    Jan. 31, 2019 4:59 p.m.

    As a Christian I can't think of anyone in politics who is less Christlike than Donald Trump.

    He literally embodies everything Jesus warns against.

  • SMcloud Sandy, UT
    Jan. 31, 2019 5:04 p.m.

    Build a wall!

    Between Church and State!

  • UtahBlueDevil Alpine, UT
    Jan. 31, 2019 4:06 p.m.

    So did God only decide to inject his will in the last election, or were other elections also the result of God's will? It's also good to know that God is a die hard capitalist. I think I read that in the scriptures somewhere.... buyer beware.... and maximize your profits. Very important to God. None of this silly don't put other things above the seeking of riches.

  • JaneB Wilsonville, OR
    Jan. 31, 2019 4:06 p.m.

    Sanders is right in line with what many evangelical "leaders" on the right say about Trump, in order to justify their support for him (because otherwise, he is unsupportable, and they know it. He destroys everything they are supposed to stand for): That he is a "modern'day Cyrus".

    People like Falwell, Robertson ,Jeffress. Listen. These guys didn't like Romney, but they looove Trump. Ask yourself why.

  • sashabill Morgan Hill, CA
    Jan. 31, 2019 4:06 p.m.

    As a Republican who did not vote for Trump, I seem to have missed the message that God wanted him in office. Come to think of it, I don't recall hearing any such message about Hillary either (whom I also didn't vote for). I seem to remember reading that Joseph Smith said something to the effect that he had not received a revelation about politics and had not asked for one.

  • Daedalus, Stephen Arvada, CO
    Jan. 31, 2019 3:51 p.m.

    So much for that whole omniscience thing...

    Seriously though, with the WH spokesperson herself making comments like this, the concern is that Trump is planning on doing to Evangelical Christianity what he is nearly done doing to the Republican party.

    As the GOP and 'conservatives' are just waking up to, Trump was not worth it. The GOP may have been too passive for too long to avoid being co-opted by Trump's absurd brand. Evangelical Christianity is doing the same sort of normalizing the abberant, and now risk the integrity and value of their spiritual message and mission.

  • shamrock Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 31, 2019 3:35 p.m.

    Just because someone is in power doesn't mean God made it happen. Surely Sarah Sanders doesn't believe that God wants Bashar Al-Assad, Kim Jong-Un, Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, Rodrigo Duterte and Recep Tayyip Erdogan be in charge, too.

    In my view, it's not just illogical but arrogant to assume that God is endorsing any political party or regime, much less those of men known for violating many of our essential ethical and religious norms.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 31, 2019 3:21 p.m.

    "If a leader in a non christian religion had the same thing said about them one would say a word. Not one word."

    Nobody would throw a fit of Israel did that? What if a Muslim nation did that? Wouldn't take long for Sharia Law to be mentioned.

    Republican Christians wouldn't be upset or consider it a slight against them if someone said that about Obama? I doubt that too. After all, this liberal Christian doesn't care for this kind of thing being said about Trump.

  • Minnesota Ute Bloomington, MN
    Jan. 31, 2019 3:09 p.m.

    If you're an atheist you couldn't care less what she says. It's comments like that that explain why people everywhere are leaving religion.

  • Puukko Orem , 00
    Jan. 31, 2019 2:56 p.m.

    Love Sarah Huckabee Sanders and President Trump.

  • one old man MSC, UT
    Jan. 31, 2019 2:51 p.m.

    And God, upon hearing this news, muttered to Himself, "Oh, for Heaven's sake. What will she say next?"

  • kbee Syracuse, UT
    Jan. 31, 2019 2:46 p.m.

    Slow down. Take a breathe. We are not even close to a theocracy. So much hate’s free speech. Vote him out if you are that angry. I don’t like pres. Trump but this to shall pass

  • imsmarterthanyou Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 31, 2019 2:26 p.m.

    I must agree. Trump is the best president in over 100 years. I'm going to vote for him again if he runs.

  • dordrecht Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 31, 2019 2:12 p.m.

    I'm reminded of the delightful line in Fiddler on the Roof: "A blessing for the tsar, far away from us."

  • Liberal On Planet Zion SLC, UT
    Jan. 31, 2019 2:03 p.m.

    worf -
    “Trump abortion”.

    “Trump takes 5 different positions on abortion in 3 days”. {WAPO, NY Times/AP}

    In his book, “The America We Deserve”, Trump devoted 3 sentences to abortion, claiming to be "pro-choice" but against partial birth abortion.

    “Well, I'm very pro-choice. I hate the concept of abortion. I hate it. I hate everything it stands for. I cringe when I listen to people debate the subject. But, you still, I just believe in choice”. {The Donald}

    It’s apparent for those that choose reality and prefer factual information that Trump wants to be identified as against abortion in some cases, and pro-choice in other cases.

    “open borders”.
    Alt-right taking points. Dems are not for open boarders!

    “disarming innocent Americans”.
    Date/time when Dems took your guns. “Trump Administration Imposes Ban on Bump Stocks”. {NY Times, AP}

    “government dependence, human trafficking, drug smuggling”.
    Empty rhetoric anyone? Dems against this as well.

    “unfair trading”.
    destruction of the post-World War II international order is his real end goal.

    “alternative lifestyle”.
    Trump's history of promises to the LGBTQ community. {CNN, AP}

    “Sounds like” facts were needed once again!

  • Mad Hatter Santa Fe, NM
    Jan. 31, 2019 2:06 p.m.

    Christian churches in the South broke off from their Northern counterparts in order to maintain a doctrine in support of slavery. People were taught in their churches that they were "in the right" and slavery was endorsed by God. This helped to quell any question about the evils of the institution and provided legitimacy to the Confederacy. Soldiers fought because "their God" told them it was ordained as "good".

    Now we have religion being further politicized where those who may not support the "official" view are identified with "the Other" and not in conformity with the Christian teachings according to the White House spokesperson.

    When religious views are invoked in support of a political position, religion is called into question. However, we are seeing a politicization of religion into a cult-like status when such remarks appeal to others requiring a childish simplification of belief. But this may be the only way Sarah Hucka-Sands can come to some level of peace within herself in her choices. People adopt different coping methods for the things they may do which they find morally offensive. Religion is an easy choice.

  • Spalding55 Placentia, CA
    Jan. 31, 2019 2:01 p.m.

    I don’t know about God, but Putin sure wanted Trump to become President.

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    Jan. 31, 2019 2:01 p.m.

    "Wow, relax. So much anger over such a benign comment."

    No anger - some of us just don't like theocracies. Obviously other people do.

  • Jim Chee Lahaina, HI
    Jan. 31, 2019 1:37 p.m.

    According to conversations with God, He wanted Bernie Sanders.

    Which Christian god are we talking about with this reference? I'm sure that Sarah Huckabee-Sanders' god is not the same as the god of other sects according to their theological beliefs. Although all monotheistic sects claim the same god in their doctrines, Christians will accept a Jewish god, but will not accept a Muslim god just because of how He is referenced. Jehovah and Heavenly Father are OK, but Allah is not?

    It's all so confusing. For some Christians their god supports this and that while other Christians god support the other thing. How many angels can dance on a pin? And does it matter? For those trying to impose their religious beliefs on others, maybe it does. For Huck-Sands it apparently does. Perhaps she needs to consider that her god is not accepted by many Christian people who do not share her political views. For many today, politics appears to determine their view of God.

  • kbee Syracuse, UT
    Jan. 31, 2019 12:37 p.m.

    Wow, relax. So much anger over such a benign comment. Who cares? It's just her personal opinion which is not politically correct (because any reference to christianity is distasteful). If a leader in a non christian religion had the same thing said about them one would say a word. Not one word.

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, WA
    Jan. 31, 2019 12:33 p.m.


    Donald Trump is the polar opposite of the God I worship...

  • Daedalus, Stephen Arvada, CO
    Jan. 31, 2019 11:59 a.m.

    We should not be surprised.

    After all, the most recent Mueller indictment had several references to "Diety 1".

  • worf McAllen, TX
    Jan. 31, 2019 11:49 a.m.

    Donald Trump does not promote abortion, open borders, disarming innocent Americans, government dependence, human trafficking, drug smuggling, unfair trading, or alternative lifestyle. Sounds like a God sent leader.

    Why do some folks support politicians who advocate abortion? Baby life matters.

  • Contemplator Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 31, 2019 11:47 a.m.

    When you run out of reasonable justifications, the "God wanted it" card is pulled out and placates a large portion of the American public - sad.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Jan. 31, 2019 11:41 a.m.

    This is why religion is becoming joke to the next generation.

    Statements like Sanders made are so ridiculous and over the top that they deserve to be laughed at for their lack of self awareness.

  • Zzzptm Dallas, TX
    Jan. 31, 2019 11:13 a.m.

    The other of the rich men said to him "Master, what good thing shall I do and live?" He said to him "Man, perform the law and the prophets." He answered him "I have performed them." He said to him "Go, sell all that thou hast and divide it to the poor, and come, follow me." But the rich man began to scratch his head, and it pleased him not. And the Lord said to him "How can you say 'I have performed the law and the prophets'? seeing that it is written in the law 'Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself,' and look, many of your brothers, sons of Abraham, are clad with dung, dying for hunger, and your house is full of much goods, and there goes out therefrom nought at all unto them." And he turned and said to Simon his disciple, sitting by him, "Simon, son of John, it is easier for a camel to enter through the eye of a needle than a rich man into the kingdom of the heavens."

    -- The Gospel of the Nazarenes

  • UncleArtie Brigham City, UT
    Jan. 31, 2019 10:30 a.m.

    I believe Sarah is right. He is reversing many decades of creeping socialism. Keep up the good work Donald, and everyone enjoy the show. God bless our president.

  • Danny Chipman Lehi, UT
    Jan. 31, 2019 10:32 a.m.

    Well, God does have a history of using the wicked to punish the wicked...

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Jan. 31, 2019 10:00 a.m.

    @worf - McAllen, TX
    Jan. 31, 2019 9:05 a.m.
    Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks the truth. "

    It's been proven, by many sources, that Sander lies to Americans at almost every briefing.
    To say she speaks the truth is a false statement. I believe God says something about "Thou shalt not bear false witness".

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 31, 2019 10:00 a.m.

    With indictments coming down the pipe, time to spin new defense.

  • THEREALND Mishawaka, IN
    Jan. 31, 2019 9:50 a.m.

    I didn't realize how much God must like the electoral college.

  • bill4570 ,
    Jan. 31, 2019 9:48 a.m.

    So what I am seeing here is a really silly attempt to justify our "Presidents" very hateful attempt to punish America for not giving in to his horrid wall idea. I do not think God would have approved of either the wall or his holding America hostage.

    Another cover up but using God for a shield.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Jan. 31, 2019 9:40 a.m.

    Riiight. Because that who god wants as a role model for American kids. Has Trump been married 3 times? Yes. Has he committed adultery in all 3 marriages? Yes. Has he paid off porn stars? Yes. Does he have over 2500 pending lawsuits for not paying contractors and workers? Yes. Has he told and average of 7 lies a day? Yes. The list goes on. I've read the bible, a few times. I don't really see Trump as a carrier of God's messages. But Sanders does?

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Jan. 31, 2019 9:34 a.m.

    "White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday that God wanted President Donald Trump to win the election."
    If Sanders has inside information from above, she needs to share it with us. Otherwise, let's leave God out of it.

  • bachelors of science Brigham City, UT
    Jan. 31, 2019 9:19 a.m.

    I don't think the majority of Republicans feel that way.

  • Daedalus, Stephen Arvada, CO
    Jan. 31, 2019 9:18 a.m.

    Sarah Sanders: "I think that [God] wanted Donald Trump to become president [and] that's why he's there."

    Comedy gold.

    Somewhat edgy, perhaps a tad offensive to people of faith, but very very funny nonetheless.

  • Tyler D Prescott, AZ
    Jan. 31, 2019 9:14 a.m.

    Great article!

    Demonstrates precisely why more and more people are abandoning religion.

    Does anyone reading this not think it sounds like what a five year old would say? It truly is high time we put aside childish things and join the 21st century.

  • worf McAllen, TX
    Jan. 31, 2019 9:05 a.m.

    Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks the truth.

    I approve her message.

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    Jan. 31, 2019 9:09 a.m.

    I think God wanted Nancy Pelosi to be the Speaker of the House.