Donald Trump and Captain Moroni
No. At least, not as recognized by the Church.
But why do some people think he is?
Probably because Captain Moroni was a military leader who was angry at government corruption and led his countrymen in defense of freedom. Some people think Donald Trump has similar qualities, and they have supported the comparison.
Did Utah Senator Mike Lee[BIO] say that Trump was like Captain Moroni?
Yes. In a 2020 Trump campaign rally, Lee pointed to Trump and said, “To my Mormon friends, my Latter-day Saint friends, think of him as Captain Moroni. He seeks not power, but to pull it down; he seeks not the praise of the world or of the fake news, but he seeks the well being and peace of the American people."
Did Senator Lee receive backlash?
Yes. Many Church members disagreed. Some suggested a comparison of Trump to King Noah[BIO] or Amalickiah[BIO] would be more appropriate. Others were more upset with the act of using scriptures or religion to score political points.
Did Senator Lee apologize or backpedal?
Sort of. He mostly clarified.
What about the Captain Moroni cosplayer at the U.S. Capitol riots?
On January 6, 2021, Nathan Wayne Entrekin[BIO] entered the Capitol Building dressed as Captain Moroni. He carried a cloth flag with the same words Moroni wrote on his Title of Liberty. In an interview that day, Entrekin explained he was “here for freedom” and drew parallels to the story of Moroni. Entrekin was arrested July 15, 2021, on two misdemeanor charges for his participation in the riot at the Capitol.
So did the story of Captain Moroni contribute to the Capitol riots?
Has the Church made any statements related to Trump and Captain Moroni?
No, not specifically. After Mike Lee's rally remarks, a media specialist for the Church in Arizona reiterated, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is neutral in matters of party politics." And following the Capitol riots, the Church released an official statement condemning the violence. The Church has not made statements regarding the comparison or connection between Moroni and Trump.
- Dallin R
“Let me come out and say it: I don't like Trump. I don't like how people use religion (including mine) to stir up contention. Captain Moroni might have been a soldier, but I don't think the LDS faith is to blame for people supporting Trump.”