After refusing to reveal his favorite Bible quotes in a recent interview, Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has become a huge target in the popular social media site Twitter with thousands of users re-imagining verses from the Holy Scripture to poke fun at the controversial businessman.
Twitter users used the hashtag #TrumpBible with popular phrases used by the business tycoon mixed with some allusions to Biblical events. The #TrumpBible campaign has so far gained more than 10,000 tweets.
Twitter user Eclectic John, for instance, re-imagined the Story of Creation through Trump's eyes.
"Took God 6 days to create the Universe. Bad management. I would've done it faster, cheaper & Satan would pay for it #TrumpBible," Eclectic John said in his tweet.
Twitter user Ben Casselman meanwhile retold the Nativity Story, with the controversial business tycoon in mind.
"There *is* room at the inn but Mary and Joseph refuse to stay there because it is LOW CLASS and a DUMP. #TrumpBible," Casselman said in his tweet.
Twitter user Dr. Eric Levi, for his part, used Trump's famous line from his reality television show, "The Apprentice," to re-imagine the story of Judas Iscariot's betrayal.
"And Lo, Jesus said unto Judas Iscariot: "You're fired" #TrumpBible," Dr. Eric Levi said, garnering 33 retweets and 27 favorites.
Most of the #TrumpBible tweets, however, mocked the Republican presidential aspirant for his controversial views on immigration.
"The Israelites were illegal immigrants fleeing Pharaoh so they could have anchor babies in the Promised Land. #TrumpBible," Twitter user Jonathan Potts, for instance, said.
Evangelical author and speaker Eric Metaxas contributed many tweets to the #TrumpBible meme, including, "Blessed are the dealmakers."
Other tweets included: "Moses? Awful negotiator. 'Let my people go'? If I'd been there, it would've been: 'Hey, Pharaoh. We're leaving. Deal with it.' #TrumpBible."
"I'm not saying Jesus wasn't born in Bethlehem. I'm just saying show me the birth certificate," added another.
In an interview last week, Trump could not name his favourite verse from the Holy Bible, which he has described as his favourite book. He said he would not do so because his favourite verses are "very personal" to him.
He found support in former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin who said the question Trump was asked was a "gotcha question."
"You get hit with these gotchas, like most conservatives do, for instance 'what's your favourite Bible verse?' And I ask 'Did they ask Hilary [Clinton] that? What does it have to do with running for the office of the presidency? Is it anybody's business? These personal gotcha questions really trying to get you, us, anybody running for office off game," Palin told Trump in an interview on One America News Network.
Trump responded, "I love the Bible, I'm Protestant, I'm Presbyterian, and they were hitting me with different questions, one after another, and look, I don't know if it's a 'gotcha,' but it probably is."
"It's a very personal thing, I don't like giving that out to people that you hardly know," he added, repeating what he said in an earlier interview on Bloomberg's "With All Due Respect" show last week.
"The Bible means a lot to me, but I don't want to get into specifics," Trump said.
When asked whether he prefers the Old Testament or the New Testament, the billionaire businessman said "probably equal."
Trump took note that regardless of the criticism he has been receiving, he is still leading in all the polls, and doing very well among Evangelicals and conservative Christians.