A billboard comparing former President Donald Trump to the Son of God, Jesus Christ, has appeared in Georgia.
Washington Post political reporter Eugene Scott was the first to draw attention to the advertisement on social media, posting an image of the distinctive display panel to Twitter alongside a caption that simply read: “Wow!”
The billboard features a picture of Trump looking stoically into the middle distance alongside what is purported to be a Bible quote from Romans 8:17, which reads: “Unto us a son is given and the government shall be upon his shoulders.”
This is, in fact, a misquote. In reality, that particular chapter and verse of the Bible reads: “Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”
The billboard quote appears to have been paraphrased from Isaiah 9:6, which reads: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
According to Dan Landrum, another Twitter user, the billboard has been put up near the city of Fort Oglethorpe in Georgia.
Newsweek has reached out to the company that appears to own the billboard space, Reagan Outdoor Advertising, for confirmation of the sign’s existence.
Fort Oglethorpe is part of both Catoosa County and Walker County. Both counties are part of Georgia’s 14th congressional district which is represented by Marjorie Taylor Greene.
A Republican and staunch Trump supporter, Greene has previously courted controversy after appearing to champion a series of baseless conspiracy theories on social media. More recently, she was suspended from Twitter back in August after claiming that the vaccines designed to combat COVID-19 were “failing.”
Earlier this month, she also spoke out in opposition to President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate plans, claiming, incorrectly, that it violated the Nuremberg Code established after the Second World War to prevent a repeat of the atrocities carried out by Nazi Germany.
This is not the first time Trump has drawn comparison with Jesus Christ.
Christian preacher Shane Vaughn, a conservative and keen Trump supporter, previously compared Facebook’s decision to suspend the ex-commander in chief to Satan’s decision to kill Jesus.
“They made the same mistake that Satan made when he killed Jesus Christ,” he said on a video posted to YouTube. “By killing one man, and killing his voice, he created a world full of little Christians that echo the message of Christ,” Vaughn continued. “See, stupid on the Devil’s part.”
Trump’s own religious beliefs remain a source of much debate. In one instance, during his time in office, the former president drew derision after appearing to suggest Joseph, rather than God, was Jesus’ father.
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