Given Donald Trump’s tendency for long, rambling, ill-informed diatribes, you’d be forgiven for thinking he doesn’t employ any speechwriters.
But the truth is much, much worse than that.
The billionaire reality TV star-turned-politician revealed more than he intended after making a slip quoting the wrong Bible verse during a speech at a Christian university.
Hitting back after being mocked, Trump told CNN: “Tony Perkins wrote that out for me… Tony Perkins is a very, very good guy.
“He actually wrote out the Two, he wrote out the number ‘Two Corinthians’.
“I took exactly what Tony said, and thought, Tony has to know better than anybody.”
When he’s not apparently moonlighting as a Trump speechwriter, Tony Perkins is head of the Family Research Council – listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center because its extremist anti-gay views.
As Donald Trump thinks he’s such a great guy, here’s the Tony Perkins greatest hits.
Perkins has made a number of extremely disturbing claims about gay people in the past, insisting Christians are “going to find ourselves being loaded in cattle cars like it was when the Nazis took over before we realize we are in such terrible danger”.
He claims that Christians are being sent to “camps”, and that soon gays are “going to start rolling out the boxcars to start hauling off Christians”.
The SPLC notes he compared gays to paedophiles, saying: “While activists like to claim that paedophilia is a completely distinct orientation from homosexuality, evidence shows a disproportionate overlap between the two. It is a homosexual problem.”
Perkins has also claimed that letting gay people serve in the Boy Scouts will increase the risk of child molestation.
Despite insisting he is simply an activist for ‘religious freedom’, Perkins simultaneously says that clergy who support gay rights don’t deserve “true religious freedom”.
He also branded the ‘It Gets Better’ anti-bullying campaign “disgusting”, saying: “It’s part of a concerted effort to recruit [kids] into that lifestyle.”
Ahead of the Supreme Court court ruling in favour of equal marriage, Perkins threatened a “revolution” in the United States over the issue.
Great guy, that Tony Perkins.