Does the stairway to heaven pass through the Oval Office?
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump joked on Thursday that winning the White House could be his ticket through the Pearly Gates.
“I figure it’s probably, maybe the only way I’m going to get to heaven,” he told a group of evangelical pastors in Florida.
In recent weeks, Trump has been losing a number of key demographics, but most polls show he is still winning the evangelical vote. An NBC poll released this week found 71 percent of evangelicals plan to vote for Trump compared to 22 percent for Hillary Clinton.
Trump called on the pastors at Thursday’s meeting to help get out the vote, saying it would be “the most important election that our country’s ever had” for religious voters.
“So go out and spread the word and once I get in, I will do my thing that I do very well,” he said.
Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims ― 1.6 billion members of an entire religion ― from entering the U.S.