Senator Mike Lee of Utah has given rise to some consternation within the Mormon community for comparing Donald Trump to a hero from the Book of Mormon at a politics rally in Arizona.
“He seeks not power but to pull it down,” Lee said, paraphrasing Mormon scripture, as Trump stood nearby at a lectern smiling – thinking to himself, perhaps, “Yes, that sounds exactly like me”.
“He seeks not the praise of the world or the fake news,” Lee continued. “He seeks the well-being and the peace of the American people.”
Lee went on praise Trump’s fidelity as a husband and to say that Trump’s fraudulent charity scam was a rare and uncharacteristic lapse in the president’s lifelong commitment to succoring the poor and also Trump hates money. (Kidding he did not say that.)
The Atlantic’s McKay Coppins has noted criticism of the remarks and tweeted part of a statement from Lee in which the senator says he respects people’s right to think what he said was not good.
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