Donald Trump

Members of the clergy lay hands and pray over Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at the New Spirit Revival Center in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, on September 21, 2016.

“Evangelical support for President Trump has always been based on his policies, not on his personal piety."

That quote comes from Robert Jeffress, a member of President Donald Trump's advisory group of clergy that has ample access to the Oval Office. If you've ever wanted to know know about these men and women -- and the role they supposedly play in the president's activities -- then this story in today's New York Times is for you. (The story was written before Trump's speech today at the National Prayer Breakfast, but its content is golden, nevertheless.)

The clergy, The Times reports, claim Trump acts differently around them than he does around other people. If he curses in their presence, he apologizes. He becomes, in a sense, the opposite of the public Donald Trump that's been so amply displayed for decades. “I find his reverence for clergy very old-school. When he’s in the room with clergy, he adopts the position of the lesser. He seems to regard the clergy as the greater," one of the clergy said.

Granted, that's not proof of Trump's religious beliefs or improved behavior. We'll probably never get that. But The Times' reporting does illustrate the depths of this seldom-heard aspect of the Trump White House.

-- Phillip Tutor

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