Bible signed by President Trump sold on eBay

A Bible autographed by President Trump in Alabama has been sold on eBay for $325

Published March 13, 2019 12:44PM (EDT)

Donald Trump signs a Bible as he greets people at Providence Baptist Church in Smiths Station, Ala., Friday, March 8, 2019, during a tour of areas where tornados killed 23 people in Lee County, Ala. (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
Donald Trump signs a Bible as he greets people at Providence Baptist Church in Smiths Station, Ala., Friday, March 8, 2019, during a tour of areas where tornados killed 23 people in Lee County, Ala. (AP/Carolyn Kaster)

A Bible autographed by President Donald Trump has been sold on eBay for $325.

The Bible, which was hand signed by the future president during a campaign rally in 2016, was initially listed at $525 but was eventually sold for $325, according to The vendor, GraphWizard Collectibles, provided a certificate of authenticity to prove that the Bible had been personally signed by Trump at one of his political rallies. The site also includes rare Trump-related collectibles like an inauguration program signed by both Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, which is being sold for $9,999, and a book signed by the future president for his mother and father that is being sold for $25,000.

Although this particular Bible was sold three years ago, the trend of Trump signing Bibles is most widely associated with the recent tornado outbreak in Alabama. During a visit to the town of Beauregard, Alabama, the president met with inhabitants who had been devastated by the natural disaster and signed their Bibles when they were offered up to him, according to Politico. The president also visited crosses made to honor the lives of the 23 victims lost during the tornadoes in that small Alabama town and emphasized to Alabama volunteers that "we couldn’t get here fast enough. I wanted to come the day it happened."

There has been considerable criticism over the contrast between Trump's response to the Alabama tornadoes and his reaction to natural disasters that have struck areas of the country which do not support him, such as the wildfires in California or the hurricane in Puerto Rico. Last week, in response to the Alabama tornadoes, Trump tweeted that "FEMA has been told directly by me to give the A Plus treatment to the Great State of Alabama and the wonderful people who have been so devastated by the Tornadoes. @GovernorKayIvey, one of the best in our Country, has been so informed. She is working closely with FEMA (and me!)."

Meanwhile, after the California wildfires, Trump tweeted that "there is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor. Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!"

Similarly, after the extent of the loss of life caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico became clear, he tweeted that "3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths. As time went by it did not go up by much. Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000..."

By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a professional writer whose work has appeared in multiple national media outlets since 2012 and exclusively at Salon since 2016. He specializes in covering science and history, and is particularly passionate about climate change, animal science, disability rights, plastic pollution and a wide range of political issues. He has interviewed many prominent figures (reflecting his diverse interests) including President Jimmy Carter (1977-1981), Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak (1999-2001), animal scientist and autism activist Temple Grandin, inventor Ernő Rubik, epidemiologist Monica Gandhi, theoretical cosmologist Janna Levin, mRNA vaccine pioneer Katalin Karikó, philosopher of science Vinciane Despret, actor George Takei ("Star Trek"), Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Lieberman (2000), Ambassador Michael McFaul (2012-2014), economist Richard Wolff, director Kevin Greutert ("Saw VI"), model Liskula Cohen, actor Rodger Bumpass ("SpongeBob Squarepants"), Senator John Hickenlooper (2021-present), American Public Health Association Executive Director Georges Benjamin (2002-present), comedian Bill Burr ("F Is for Family"), comedian David Cross ("Scary Movie 2") and right-wing insurrectionist Roger Stone.

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