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Trump Is Still Taking Heat from Liberals for the Way He Prayed at Bush’s Funeral

Fox News' Laura Ingraham called out the Left for trashing the president — when they work 'overtime to divide' the nation

Although liberals love to accuse President Donal Trump of “being divisive,” they are the ones who work “overtime to divide the country” along racial, religious and sexual lines, Fox News host Laura Ingraham argued Thursday night on “The Ingraham Angle.”

Ingraham began the first segment of her program by analyzing how the Left is now demonizing Christmas classics like the movie “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and the song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” because of bullying and #MeToo concerns, respectively.

She then rebuked liberals for trashing Trump and first lady Melania Trump for not reciting the Apostles’ Creed aloud, along with the former presidents and first ladies in their front row, during Wednesday’s funeral service in Washington for former President George H.W. Bush at the National Cathedral.

Social media posters and many commentators on mainstream media outlets widely mocked Trump and the first lady for their decision not to recite the prayer aloud along with most others in the cathedral.

Instead, the first couple, reverently and silently, listened to that portion of the service and followed along. That’s a personal decision, of course, that no one should mock or criticize them for; people are free to pray and express their faith in the way they best see fit.

“They [the Left] talk about tolerance and diversity, [about] being your authentic self — ‘I’m going to speak my truth.’ But what they really want is for you to bow down and worship at their altar of self-righteous political correctness,” Ingraham said.

“They want to control what you watch, what you eat, what you hear, and yes, how you speak. And even — as we saw during the Bush 41 funeral yesterday — how you pray.”

“Depending on the politics of the moment, they go from being libertines to puritans. The once-aggressive seculars suddenly become religious enforcers,” Ingraham added, noting that these liberal critics “are the same people” who “applauded when prayer was driven out of the public school and who cheered when manger scenes were pulled from the public square.”

Ingraham argued that the Left “is blissfully unaware of how much they’ve become caricatures of what they accuse conservatives of being.”

“They claim to be tolerant. [Yet] they’re among the most rigid, intolerant people on the planet,” Ingraham said. “And while they point the finger at Trump for being divisive, they’re the ones working overtime to divide the country along lines of race, ethnicity and sexual orientation, just to name a few.”

Liberal Jennifer Holdsworth, who is the chief revenue officer at DSPolitical — which describes itself as a “voter-targeted digital ad network for Democrats and progressives” — disagreed with Ingraham’s assessment on Thursday night. She argued that conservatives would have been up in arms if former President Barack Obama didn’t recite the Apostles’ Creed aloud.

“When you talk about liberals criticizing the way, you know, President Trump prays — you know, this is a president who was sitting less than a foot away from another president who, you know, a lot of conservatives talked about being a Muslim for the last decade as if there was something wrong with that,” Holdsworth said.

“I would like to see what conservatives would have said had it been President Obama who did not recite the Apostles’ Creed when the entire rest of the church did,” Holdsworth said.

Related: Trumps and Bushes Set Aside Politics for Unity at 41’s Funeral

But conservative Herman Cain, a former candidate for the GOP’s 2012 presidential nomination, disagreed vehemently with that sentiment from Holdsworth, noting that “the Constitution says freedom of religion — which means also freedom to read and freedom to not read if you don’t want to.”

“I have been in a different religious setting than my normal setting, and I didn’t pretend to do everything that they did because I wasn’t comfortable doing it. So, I remained silent and I didn’t read,” Cain said. “Now the liberals want to make a big deal out of that that the man didn’t read.”

Fox News contributor Raymond Arroyo said he believes Trump is a man who is “new to faith” and is “working his way through it and he’s not ostentatious about it.”

Ingraham said the bottom line is that “liberals claim that they’re pro-choice, be who you want to be, be your authentic self, ‘my truth’ — and yet they trash Trump for praying in the way he darn wants.”

Attorney Harmeet Dhillon, founder of the Dhillon Law Group Inc. and the Republican National Committeewoman for California, said that conservatives “are not in the business of critiquing how people pray.”

“I just think that’s crass and, you know, he prayed the way … he felt comfortable doing. And it’s not our business to critique that,” Dhillon said.

Ingraham said the bottom line is that “liberals claim that they’re pro-choice, be who you want to be, be your authentic self, ‘my truth’ — and yet they trash Trump for praying in the way he darn wants.”

Check out the discussion in the video below:

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