A top surrogate for Donald Trump in Iowa compared him to Mother Teresa.
Tana Goertz told reporters Wednesday that Trump has done more for women than anyone except the Roman Catholic nun who was canonized in 2016.
“There’s not a person alive that literally has done so much for a female, for the female population,” said Goertz, who serves as a Trump campaign coordinator in Iowa. “I can’t think of one person that I could go, except for Mother Teresa. I mean, literally, who has done more for women in office than Donald Trump?”
Goertz was asked how Trump could win back female voters who voted for him in the 2016 presidential election but supported Democratic Rep. Cindy Axne in the 2018 midterm elections.
“If Donald Trump was running, we would have never lost anything,” Goertz said. “There’s different candidates running that don’t have the power that Donald Trump has, and the pull.”
Goertz is coordinating Trump’s re-election efforts in Iowa while also working on his outreach to women voters. The President is currently underwater with women in recent polls as his approval rating continues to decline. He lost the female vote in 2016.
This is not the first time this week that a Trump supporter has made a flattering, religiously-tinged comparison. Trump re-tweeted a conspiracy theorist who referred to him as ‘King of Israel’ and the ‘second coming of God’. Trump also called himself ‘the Chosen One.’
Mother Theresa is not uncontroversial, however. Though she has been made a saint by the Roman Catholic Church, critics have long pointed to the poor conditions in her ‘house for the dying’ and her virulent opposition to abortion. The case for her canonization was also fraught with controversy.
"There's not a person alive that literally has done so much for a female, for the female population. I can't think of one person that I could go, except for Mother Theresa. I mean, literally, who has done more for women in office than Donald Trump?" Goertz went on to say. pic.twitter.com/ox91N5UaYY
— Adam Brewster (@adam_brew) August 23, 2019