Judd Apatow Explains America’s Non-Religious Founding To Donald Trump Jr.
Donald Trump Jr., the son of the current president, lamented that foreign nations were rejecting the American dream and “our religion” during a conversation with a hyper-conservative pundit this week — prompting a successful Hollywood director to correct Trump Jr. on social media, pointing out that America doesn’t have a religion.
Trump Jr. complained to host Mark Levin about the American Dream being rejected in other areas of the world.
“We’ve sent that American dream to countries in far off lands. They hate our guts, they hate our freedoms, they hate our religion, they hate our values,” Trump Jr. said.
Director Judd Apatow, whose films include “Superbad,” “Knocked Up,” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” responded to a tweet highlighting Trump Jr.’s comments, noting that the United States doesn’t have an official faith for the president’s son to complain about other countries rejecting.
“Hey @DonaldJTrumpJr — we don’t have A religion. Our entire country is based on that fact. It’s why the country was created,” Apatow said.
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) November 11, 2019
Colonies were formed in North America (prior to the establishment of the United States) for a number of reasons, including economic. But several made the journey across the Atlantic Ocean for a separate rationale: religious freedom.
The First Amendment of the United States Constitution also enshrines religious freedom, that “no law respecting an establishment of religion” shall be passed by the federal government. And years later, the Treaty of Tripoli, approved by the Senate and signed by then-President John Adams, stated that “the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion.”
Trump Jr. has been busy lately trying to promote his book “Triggered.” But it seems as though he and his entourage were the ones who were set off by events during a talk he was giving about his book at UCLA.
During the discussion, conservatives in the audience began to boo Trump Jr. when it was announced that his event wouldn’t include a Q&A, prompting him and partner Kimberly Guilfoyle to depart the event early. Before leaving, Guilfoyle had some choice words for the audience members.
“I bet you engage and go on online dating because you’re impressing no one here to get a date in person,” she said.