Trump faces ridicule for signing copies of the Bible like they were his own book

Touring the area where a violent tornado touched down earlier in the week, President Trump signed Bibles for supporters who gathered to see him at a Baptist church in Opelika, Alabama.

A local television reporter, Sally Pitts, posted video of the visit.

Ada Ingram, a volunteer at the church, said Trump signed several hats and Bibles, and praised the president for taking the time to travel to Alabama.

Though members of the church seemed happy with their autographed texts, the internet's reaction was very different.

Twenty-three people were killed after a storm laid waste to the rural Alabama countryside.

"I saw this and it's hard to believe," Trump said Friday of the destruction. "You saw things that you wouldn't believe."

While still robust, Trump's support among evangelical voters has dipped in recent months. A poll released at the beginning of December found 73 percent of white evangelicals approved of the job he was doing. Six weeks later, the same polling organisation found that the number had dropped to 66 percent.

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President Donald Trump comforts people among devastation and debris in Beauregard, Ala., Friday, March 8, 2019, during a tour of areas where tornados killed 23 people in Lee County, Ala. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump talk with Kathy Carson, left, with the Lee County Emergency Management Agency, in Beauregard, Ala., Friday, March 8, 2019, during a tour areas where tornados killed 23 people in Lee County, Ala. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Donald Trump greets people at Providence Baptist Church in Smiths Station, Ala., Friday, March 8, 2019, during a tour of where tornados killed 23 people in Lee County, Ala. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Donald Trump 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 Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President 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 Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
From left, Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala., Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and Kathy Carson with the Lee County Emergency Management Agency, tour devastation in Beauregard, Ala., Friday, March 8, 2019, part of the area where tornados killed 23 people in Lee County, Ala. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump pause at a line of crosses outside 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 Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk hand in hand in Beauregard, Ala., Friday, March 8, 2019, as they tour areas where tornados killed 23 people in Lee County, Ala. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President 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 Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump visit Providence Baptist Church in Smiths Station, Ala., Friday, March 8, 2019, as they tour areas where tornados killed 23 people in Lee County, Ala. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive on Air Force One at Lawson Army Airfield, Fort Benning, Ga., Friday, March 8, 2019, en route to Lee County, Ala., where tornados killed 23 people. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Donald Trump talks with reporters outside the White House before traveling to Alabama to visit areas affected by the deadly tornadoes, Friday, March 8, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
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Trump has long courted the evangelical vote, proclaiming in a 2015 interview that the Bible is his "favourite book" while declining to identify his favourite verses.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders made headlines in January by proclaiming that Trump's election was a matter of divine intervention.

"I think God calls all of us to fill different roles at different times and I think that he wanted Donald Trump to become president, and that's why he's there," Sanders said in an interview with CBN's David Brody and Jennifer Wishon.

At his rallies and speeches, the president is often asked to sign a variety of items, including Bibles and copies of his second-favourite book, The Art of the Deal, which he wrote.

Among the other items he has signed are numerous executive orders, various bills and at least one blank sheet of paper purporting to be a piece of legislation. At a ceremony recognising family members of Americans killed by immigrants, he signed a photograph of one victim.

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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 7 : President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump welcome Prime Minister Andrej Babis and Mrs. Monika Babisova of the Czech Republic outside the Oval Office at the White House on Thursday, March 07, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump, second right, Andrej Babis, Czech Republic's prime minister, First Lady Melania Trump, right, and Monika Babiov, wife of Babis, sit during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, March 7, 2019. While Trump is dogged by special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, Babis is facing charges of misusing European Union subsidies for a farm he transferred to relatives, including his son, according to the AP. Photographer: Alex Edelman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 8 : President Donald J. Trump listens as he and First Lady Melania Trump welcome Prime Minister Andrej Babis and Mrs. Monika Babisova of the Czech Republic in the Oval Office at the White House on Thursday, March 07, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
U.S. First Lady Melania Trump, second right, and Monika Babiov, wife of Czech Republic Prime Minister Andrej Babis, second left, enter the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, March 7, 2019. While U.S. Presidnet Trump is dogged by special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, Babis is facing charges of misusing European Union subsidies for a farm he transferred to relatives, including his son, according to the AP. Photographer: Alex Edelman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
U.S. President Donald Trump, second right, shakes hands with Andrej Babis, Czech Republic's prime minister, as First Lady Melania Trump, right, and Monika Babiov, wife of Babis, sit during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, March 7, 2019. While Trump is dogged by special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, Babis is facing charges of misusing European Union subsidies for a farm he transferred to relatives, including his son, according to the AP. Photographer: Alex Edelman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Andrej Babis, Czech Republic's prime minister, not pictured, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, March 7, 2019. While Trump is dogged by special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, Babis is facing charges of misusing European Union subsidies for a farm he transferred to relatives, including his son, according to the AP. Photographer: Alex Edelman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
U.S. First Lady Melania Trump, from left, U.S. President Donald Trump, Andrej Babis, Czech Republic's prime minister, and Monika Babiov, wife of Babis, stand for a photograph before a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, March 7, 2019. While Trump is dogged by special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, Babis is facing charges of misusing European Union subsidies for a farm he transferred to relatives, including his son, according to the AP. Photographer: Alex Edelman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Monika Babisova, wife of Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, arrives to meet US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, March 7, 2019. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump welcome Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, and his wife, Monika Babisova, in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, March 7, 2019. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump sit as they welcome Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, and his wife, Monika Babisova, to the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, March 7, 2019. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 07: A U.S. Marine holds the door for Monika Babiová, wife of Czech Republic Prime Minister Andrej Babis at the South Portico of the White House on March 7, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tom Brenner/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 07: A U.S. Marine holds the door for Monika Babiová, wife of Czech Republic Prime Minister Andrej Babis at the South Portico of the White House on March 7, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tom Brenner/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump sit as they welcome Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, and his wife, Monika Babisova, to the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, March 7, 2019. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump welcome Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, and his wife, Monika Babisova, in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, March 7, 2019. At the door (R) is US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 07: President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump welcome Czech Republic Prime Minister Andrej Babi and his wife, Monika Babiová at the South Portico of the White House on March 7, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tom Brenner/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 07: First lady Melania Trump (R) and Czech Republic first lady Monika Babiová enter the White House at the South Portico on March 7, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tom Brenner/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump welcome Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, and his wife, Monika Babisova, in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, March 7, 2019. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump welcome Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, and his wife, Monika Babisova, in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, March 7, 2019. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump welcome Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, and his wife, Monika Babisova, in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, March 7, 2019. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump welcome Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, and his wife, Monika Babisova, in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, March 7, 2019. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis prior to a meeting in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, March 7, 2019. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 07: President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump await the arrival of Czech Republic Prime Minister Andrej Babis and his wife, Monika Babisova at the South Portico of the White House on March 7, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tom Brenner/Getty Images)
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