Responding to White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ CBN interview in which she claimed “God wanted Donald Trump to become president,” Rabbi Jack Moline, president of Interfaith Alliance, issued the following statement:

“Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ comment today that God ‘wanted Donald Trump to become president’ is a disturbing insertion of theology into public life. Regardless of one’s personal religious beliefs, using God’s call as a talking point for political gain should be considered out of bounds. The president serves the American people, not God, and to forget that is a disservice to both government and religion. The founders of this country knew firsthand the problems of a government ruled by a leader who claimed God’s ordination. That’s why they established clear boundaries between religion and government.”

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