Trump is selling ‘God Bless the USA’ Bibles as he faces mounting legal bills

Former president Donald Trump is now selling Bibles as he runs to return to the White House.

Mr Trump, who became the presumptive Republican nominee earlier this month, released a video on his Truth Social platform on Tuesday urging his supporters to buy the “God Bless the USA Bible”, which is inspired by country singer Lee Greenwood’s patriotic ballad.

Mr Trump takes the stage to the song at each of his rallies and has appeared with Greenwood at events.

“Happy Holy Week! Let’s Make America Pray Again. As we lead into Good Friday and Easter, I encourage you to get a copy of the God Bless the USA Bible,” Mr Trump wrote, directing his supporters to a website selling the book for 60 dollars.

The effort comes as Mr Trump has faced a serious money crunch amid mounting legal bills while he fights four criminal indictments along with a series of civil charges.

Mr Trump was given a reprieve on Monday when a New York appeals court agreed to hold off on collecting the more than 454 million dollars he owes following a civil fraud judgment if he puts up 175 million dollars within 10 days.

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Former US president Donald Trump is embroiled in a number of expensive legal battles (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, Pool)

“All Americans need a Bible in their home, and I have many. It’s my favourite book,” Mr Trump said in the video posted on Truth Social.

“I’m proud to endorse and encourage you to get this Bible. We must make America pray again.”

Billing itself as “the only Bible endorsed by President Trump!” the new venture’s website calls it “Easy-to-read” with “large print” and a “slim design” that “invites you to explore God’s Word anywhere, any time”.

Besides a King James Version translation, it includes copies of the US Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence and the Pledge of Allegiance, as well as a handwritten chorus of the famous Greenwood song.

The Bible is just the latest commercial venture that Mr Trump has pursued while campaigning.

Last month, he debuted a new line of Trump-branded sneakers, including 399 dollars gold “Never Surrender High-Tops”, at Sneaker Con in Philadelphia.

The venture behind the shoes, 45Footwear, also sells other Trump-branded footwear, cologne and perfume.

Mr Trump has also dabbled in NFTs, or nonfungible tokens, and last year reported earning between 100,000 and one million dollars from a series of digital trading cards that portrayed him in cartoon-like images, including as an astronaut, a cowboy and a superhero.

He has also released books featuring photos of his time in office and letters written to him through the years.

The Bible’s website states the product “is not political and has nothing to do with any political campaign”.

“ is not owned, managed or controlled by Donald J Trump, The Trump Organisation, CIC Ventures LLC or any of their respective principals or affiliates,” it says.

Instead, it says, “ uses Donald J Trump’s name, likeness and image under paid licence from CIC Ventures LLC, which licence may be terminated or revoked according to its terms”.

CIC Ventures LLC, a company that Mr Trump reported owning in his 2023 financial disclosure, has a similar arrangement with 45Footwear, which also says it uses Mr Trump’s “name, likeness and image under paid licence from CIC Ventures LLC, which licence may be terminated or revoked according to its terms”.

Mr Trump remains deeply popular with white evangelical Christians, who are among his most ardent supporters, even though the thrice-married former reality TV star has a long history of behaviour that often seemed at odds with teachings espoused by Christ in the Gospels.

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