The Jewish presidential candidate Bernie Sanders needs “to have a coming-to-Jesus meeting,” a pastor speaking to a Donald Trump rally told a North Carolina crowd Monday.
Mark Burns, of the Harvest Praise and Worship Center, made the comments to the audience at Lenoir-Rhyne University as they waited to hear a conversation between Trump and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
“Bernie Sanders, who doesn’t believe in God,” said Burns, an African American pastor who has said it is his “calling” to bring black voters to Trump. “How in the world are we going to let Bernie — I mean, really? Listen, Bernie gotta get saved. He gotta meet Jesus. I don’t know. He gotta have a coming-to-Jesus meeting,” Burns said, according to a video of the event on CNN.
Sanders is a secular Jew who has spoken about his faith on the campaign only when asked. He has said he is not religious, but he called his faith “an essential part of who I am” in comments during a debate earlier this month.
“Look, my father’s family was wiped out by Hitler in the Holocaust. I know about what crazy and radical and extremist politics mean. I learned that lesson as a tiny, tiny child when my mother would take me shopping, and we would see people working in stores who had numbers on their arms, because they were in Hitler’s concentration camp,” he said at a Democratic debate.
Burns has also addressed Southern crowds at previous Trump rallies.