Churches are supposed to be nonpartisan and nonprofit organizations that do “moral” things to help people in their communities. For that reason, they’ve always fallen under a tax-exempt status and aren’t required to pay taxes. President Donald Trump didn’t seem to know this while tweeting about religious institutions helping out with those communities impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
“Churches in Texas should be entitled to reimbursement from FEMA Relief Funds for helping victims of Hurricane Harvey (just like others),” Trump tweeted Friday evening as Irma was making landfall in Cuba.
The internet was quick to school him on the realities:
Then they should pay taxes
— Nicole Hickman James (@nicolejames) September 9, 2017
Joel Osteen better not get one red cent
— Robert Maguire (@RobertMaguire_) September 9, 2017
They should get federal tax dollars that they don’t pay in to?
— Kyle McMahon (@KMacMusic) September 9, 2017
People like Joel Osteen have their multi-million dollar mansions completely tax exempt. Now Trump wants to give them more.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) September 9, 2017
Are you going to open the doors of Mar-A-lago
— Impeach Donald Trump (@Impeach_D_Trump) September 9, 2017
Those 500 billion a year we spend on blowing up brown people would really help now wouldn’t it
— Riduy (@YMC347) September 9, 2017
Unless it’s your sellout evangelical buddies that compromised integrity to vote for a sexual predator!
— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) September 9, 2017
How did I know that you were going to find a way to help @JoelOsteen?
— chase crawford (@chsecrwfrd) September 9, 2017
Did you buy stock in @JoelOsteen church..Soon to brand The Golem Trinity of Trump..
— Kim Jong Um (@donniesrealpal) September 9, 2017
What happened to church and state? Churches should not receive FEMA dollars. Does Trump feel that way about Muslin churches getting money?
— Betty Walden (@BettyWalden13) September 9, 2017
Trump’s about to declare himself a Church, right? https://t.co/11N3rW7xr3
— Miriam Heddy (@miri_iron) September 9, 2017
When does Trump Church open?
— Chris Ward (@type1ward) September 9, 2017
— The Weggie (@Imtheweggie) September 9, 2017