Donald Trump jokes he needs to be a good president to get into heaven

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Why Donald Trump Still Needs the Evangelical Vote

During a meeting Thursday with a Christian group, the GOP nominee called this "the most important election" for people of faith and joked that getting to the White House would get him in good with the big guy.

"Once I get in, I will do my thing that I do very well. And I figure it is probably maybe the only way I'm going to get to heaven. So I better do a good job," he said.

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But what's not a joke is how much he'll need the evangelical vote — which is typically heavily Republican — to get to the White House.

Click through some of Donald Trump's most controversial Tweets:

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Craziest Donald Trump Tweets
I told you @TIME Magazine would never pick me as person of the year despite being the big favorite They picked person who is ruining Germany
I would like to wish everyone, including all haters and losers (of which, sadly, there are many) a truly happy and enjoyable Memorial Day!
Just made the point at #NCGOPcon that "we have to protect our border & I think everyone here knows, nobody can build a wall like Trump!"
My twitter has become so powerful that I can actually make my enemies tell the truth.
China's Communist Party has now publicly praised Obama's reelection. They have never had it so good. Will own America soon.
While Jon Stewart is a joke, not very bright and totally overrated, some losers and haters will miss him & his dumb clown humor. Too bad!
Why is Obama playing basketball today? That is why our country is in trouble!
An 'extremely credible source' has called my office and told me that @BarackObama's birth certificate is a fraud.
Remember, I said Derek don't sell your Trump World Tower apartment...its been lucky for you. The day after he sold it, he broke his foot.
I never fall for scams. I am the only person who immediately walked out of my ‘Ali G’ interview
.@cher--I don’t wear a “rug”—it’s mine. And I promise not to talk about your massive plastic surgeries that didn’t work.
The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.
.@katyperry is no bargain but I don't like John Mayer--he dates and tells--be careful Katy (just watch!).
.@BetteMidler talks about my hair but I'm not allowed to talk about her ugly face or body --- so I won't. Is this a double standard?
It's Thursday. How much money did Barack Obama waste today on crony green energy projects?
Truly weird Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky reminds me of a spoiled brat without a properly functioning brain. He was terrible at DEBATE!
Hey @realDonaldTrump - In case you're looking for that tweet you deleted .. I got it right here.
This very expensive GLOBAL WARMING bullshit has got to stop. Our planet is freezing, record low temps,and our GW scientists are stuck in ice
Everyone knows I am right that Robert Pattinson should dump Kristen Stewart. In a couple of years, he will thank me. Be smart, Robert.
26,000 unreported sexual assults in the military-only 238 convictions. What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together?
Sorry losers and haters, but my I.Q. is one of the highest -and you all know it! Please don't feel so stupid or insecure,it's not your fault
How amazing, the State Health Director who verified copies of Obama’s “birth certificate” died in plane crash today. All others lived

But some evangelicals have been reticent to back Trump because of his inflammatory rhetoric. That's never been a problem for other GOP nominees, at least in modern history.

And he's been trying to make the appeal, meeting with church leaders and making callouts during speeches. During his acceptance speech, Trump said, "The support that they've given me, and I'm not so sure I totally deserve it, has been so amazing."

But Trump's campaign doesn't often mention the issues that evangelicals really care about. Issues like abortion and marriage equality rarely, if ever, come up, especially since Trump has turned toward the general election.

He still didn't mention those issues, even when asking those voters to help him reach the pearly gates.

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