During an interview Wednesday with Cal Thomas, Republican presidential nominee-in-waiting Donald Trump was asked, "Who do you say Jesus is?"
"Jesus to me is somebody I can think about for security and confidence," he said. "Somebody I can revere in terms of bravery and in terms of courage and, because I consider the Christian religion so important, somebody I can totally rely on in my own mind."
Thomas further pressed during the interview about Trump's now-infamous response to pollster Frank Luntz in which he said he had never asked for forgiveness. The GOP front-runner seemed to have had a change of heart on that issue.
"I will be asking for forgiveness, but hopefully I won't have to be asking for much forgiveness."
Trump also addressed the issue of his outreach to Christians:
"As you know, I am Presbyterian and Protestant. I've had great relationships and developed even greater relationships with ministers. We have tremendous support from the clergy. I think I will be doing very well during the election with evangelicals and with Christians."
He also addressed the issue of Christian persecution around the world, particularly in the Middle East.
"In the Middle East—and this is prior to the migration—you had almost no chance of coming into the United States," he said. "If you were a Muslim from Syria, it was one of the easiest places to come in (to the U.S.). I thought that was deplorable. I'm going to treat my religion, which is Christian, with great respect and care."
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