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Did Televangelist Jim Bakker Say 'God Will Create a Holy Line of Trumps'?

A routine review of content labeled satire.

Published Feb. 19, 2020

Televangelist Jim Bakker described a dream he had in which God showed him the "holy Trump line" that would "rule" for years.

In February 2020, Snopes readers inquired whether the above-displayed meme correctly attributed a quote to televangelist Jim Bakker.

The quote can be traced back to a Feb. 12 Business Standard News article positing that Bakker described a dream he had in which he saw a succession of family members of U.S. President Donald Trump occupying the White House:

Bakker: God Will Create a Holy Line of Trumps

Former televangelist Jim Bakker has given details of a recent vision he had about the Trumps. According to Bakker, God showed him a vision of an unending line of Trumps in the White House.

“I was sleeping last night and God came to me and showed me a vision of the White House and there were pictures of presidents on the walls,” said Bakker in an interview in Charisma magazine. “I saw pictures of Don Jr., Ivanka, Eric, Barron and even some Trumps that are not even born.”

“I believe God was showing me the holy Trump line will go on because they are doing His work,” said Bakker.

This item was not a factual recounting of real-life events. The article originated with a website that describes its output as being humorous or satirical in nature, as follows:

"The Business Standard News is a satirical site designed to parody the 24-hour news cycle. The stories are outlandish, but reality is so strange nowadays they could be true."

The above-displayed meme carried no such disclaimer, prompting some to question whether Bakker had indeed made the remark.

For background, here is why we sometimes write about satire/humor.