Trump’s use of religion follows playbook of authoritarian-leaning leaders the world over

Donald Trump poses with Bible at a moment of national crisis.Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty ImagesLaura R. Olson, Clemson University It was a striking moment: Donald Trump, Bible in hand, posing for photos in an apparent moment of political theater made possible by the dispersal of protesters through the use of tear gas.The president’s visit to St. John’s Episcopal Church, known as “the Church of the Presidents,” came immediately after giving a Rose Garden speech framing himself as “your president of law and order” and threatening to send federal troops to “restore security and safety in Ame…

Read More