After gassing peaceful protesters, Trump marches to a church-side photo-op.

uring the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump claimed at a rally in Iowa that the Bible was his “favorite book.” It was a preposterous claim, of course, but he was already generating support among evangelical Christians, so it made the news. The next day, reporter Mark Halperin landed an interview with the candidate and engaged in a few scenes of the performative theater that passes for journalism in American democracy.