“I’m Presbyterian,” Trump said at a rally in Florida on Saturday. “Boy, that’s down the middle of the road folks, in all fairness. I mean, Seventh-day Adventist, I don’t know about. I just don’t know about.”
Carson, who earnestly committed himself to the church when he was 14, is perhaps the faith’s most famous member.
Trump later said that he wasn’t trying to “send a dog whistle” to religious conservatives who might look askance at Adventist doctrine. “All I said was that I don’t know about it,” he told ABC.
Fair enough. A lot of Americans don’t know much about the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The Protestant Christian denomination turned 150 years old in 2013, which makes it a relative newcomer on the religious scene. (This is year 5776 in Judaism, by contrast.)