Trump is conning believers about his faith, author says

David Cay Johnston, author of "The Making of Donald Tump." Photo courtesy of Melville House
David Cay Johnston, author of "The Making of Donald Tump." Photo courtesy of Melville House

David Cay Johnston, author of “The Making of Donald Trump.” Photo courtesy of Melville House

(RNS) David Cay Johnston is the author of “The Making of Donald Trump,” a new book from Melville House publishers. Johnston, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and self-described “newsroom rogue,” has followed the New York real estate/reality show figure since 1988.

While the book deals mainly with Trump’s business career, it tackles the GOP candidate’s professed Christianity at several key points in his personal and professional life before concluding, “Trump’s own words are aggressively antithetical to the teachings  of the New Testament.”  RNS spoke with Johnston, a visiting professor of law at Syracuse University, about what Trump’s statements about religion say about the candidate. The following has been edited for brevity and clarity.

Q: What initially drew you, a renowned investigative reporter, to Donald Trump, when he was still almost unknown outside New York and New Jersey?

A: I met Donald Trump within days of arriving in Atlantic City (where Trump owned several properties) to cover the casino industry in 1988, and in our very first encounter I sized him up as a P.T. Barnum. His competitors and even his own people started telling me Donald doesn’t know anything about the casino business — he doesn’t know the games, the odds, customer relations, he doesn’t know anything. In an interview with Donald, I asked questions that he tried to bull his way out of and I did something investigative reporters sometimes do — I deliberately said something that was false. Donald, like a television psychic, immediately incorporated my false statement into his answer and that told me this guy is essentially at heart a con artist who tells you what you want to hear.

"The Making of Donald Trump" by David Cay Johnston. Photo courtesy of Melville House

“The Making of Donald Trump” by David Cay Johnston. Photo courtesy of Melville House

Q: What is it you want Christians to read in your book before they vote for Trump?

A: My concern is that ministers who say Donald is a good Christian and those drawn to him because he says (he’s a Christian) don’t know what he’s said in books or profanity-laced speeches. He has beguiled them. I have emailed several pastors, offered them copies of my book and to talk to them about this and I have had no takers. So my concern is that some of these pastors have an agenda that is more political than religious and that may have interfered with their good judgment here.

I have also had people express the view that even if Donald is aggressively antithetical to the most basic teachings of Jesus then his stance on abortion (he now says he opposes it) outweighs everything else. I want to point out that Donald Trump has flip-flopped on abortion quite recently. He is telling Christians what he thinks they want to hear.

Q: Why do many conservative Christians support him? What do they see in him?

A: Donald Trump has tapped into the economic terror — and I do mean terror —  that the bottom half of all Americans are living in and the fear the bottom 90 percent are living in. These people are looking for an explanation: Why am I working harder and making less?

Donald Trump, like all demagogues, provides an easy-to-understand rationale — it’s the Muslims, it’s “the other.” His answer is also more tax cuts for the rich — many of his proposals are heavily oriented to the rich. Our television media has created a culture in which we judge people on the presumed content of their wallets. But having money does not make us a better person. But we worship wealth. It is antithetical to Christianity, but it is becoming part of the dominant culture.

So people are not listening to what Donald Trump is actually proposing. Once again, just as Donald Trump has beguiled some pastors with flattery, he has deceived many of his supporters with a false message.

(David Cay Johnston can be reached at [email protected])

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  • If someone can be persuaded to believe in a god(s) and mythological teachings they already demonstrate a propensity to be gullible.

  • A book must accompany the convoluted works of David Cay Johnston. Would the royalties from the book contain an intrinsic value more so than faith?

  • Just curious. Where was this Johnston joker back in 2008 when Obama was busy conning American Christians? America could have used some “investigative reporting” back then.

    (And what about *Hillary*, by the way?)

  • He may be conning some who say they’re believers – republicans have a long history of wanting their greed and selfishness baptized. The Rev. Mr Barber described it as using religion to camouflage meanness.

  • Conning about his faith? Duh, ya think? The vast majority of politicians do that. Because they’re bowing and fawning salesmen. They kiss the feet of their intended market and privately laugh at how easy they are to manipulate– or for their hired PR consultants to manipulate, anyway.

  • It sounds like a book which contains facts, that the Trump supporters would not be accustom to. Donald Trump’s entire existence is one of half truths, incomplete sentences, screw somebody before they can screw you. Take advantage of a situation,whether it is fair or not. He will never put somebody else first until his ego has been satisfied!

  • Nope, definitely not one of them.

    I’ve always said that Obama cannot possibly be a Muslim — because Muslims don’t WRECK UP their own countries with legalized gay marriage!

  • The premise is largely nonsense. Evangelicals want to make up excuses why Trump is popular among them.

    But the reality is rather plain and simple. Trump is making no concerted effort to appeal to them. But evangelicals seem to like Trump’s appeals to plainly stated bigotry.

    Trump has demonstrated that Evangelical “values voting” is complete nonsense. It’s always been about trying to grab political power.

    So rather than own up to such fecklessness, it’s much easier on the ego to claim they are being tricked.

  • As a Christian Pastor, I am glad some one has finally put into print my deep concerns about “the Donald”! I don’t think that Trump has read the New Testament as well as not reading the US Constitution. He is really a “a wolf in sheep’s clothing. He is good at it. He fooled brother James from Focus on the Family. Trump is many tthings but not a “Baby Christian”.

  • The difference is that Obama has always been very up front about being a liberal Christian. I know some of you don’t consider someone so identified to be a Christian, but it’s not an untruth. Do you think Obama can name a Bible verse? Do you think he knows there are two volumes of Corinthians? Does he ever ask God for forgiveness? Does he mock the Eucharist? Have three wives? Mock the handicapped? Call for the assassination of his political opponents?
    Trump, on the other hand, is objectively lying about being a “strong Christian.” There’s even less evidence that he ever had a born-again experience.
    Thank you for acknowledging the mental gymnastics that Birthers/SecretMuslimers must go through to maintain their conspiratorial beliefs. Of course, they’ll just say he’s biding his time, practicing “taqiya” to fool us until he imposes the caliphate. Any minute now..

  • I think Jesus was a pretty “liberal” Jew whose ideas ended up in a world-changing and impacting movement.

  • Johnston is right. Trump’s claim to be any kind of serious Christian is hogwash, whitewash and eyewash. — Edd Doerr

  • Gotta disagree with you Arbustin, Obama has NOT been honest.

    Obama’s advisor David Axelrod wrote in his book that HE ordered Obama to piously preach (on national TV) of marriage being “a sacred union of man and woman, God’s in the mix” to snag and lull the Christian voters. Obama publicly lied to us.

    Obama actually wanted to do an IMMEDIATE crusade to legalize gay marriage way back in 2008 !!

  • A lot of people are saying this, very, very intelligent people. I don’t know if it’s true but many, many people, and you look at how many people say something, I don’t know.

  • I’ve already said I don’t like Trump, but Trump is clearly the lesser of two evils.

    Hillary Clinton, with all her lies and “evolved beliefs”, is clearly the EVIL of two lessers!

  • That’s fine but it’s distinct from his identity as a Christian. Not saying he’s never lied about anything. Plenty of liberal Christian denominations within the last 10-20 years have shifted their positions on gay marriage. I am confident many leaders of these churches wanted to make a change but the rest of the church hadn’t gotten there yet.

  • As opposed to Obama ??
    As opposed to Hillary ??

    No wonder the pastors ain’t rushing to invite Johnston over to preach his little shpiel on them.

  • Flawedlee may not like Trump, but to prefer him over Clinton means that he supports Trump’s election.

  • Stalin and other dictators did the same thing Trump is doing – using religion in a religion-soaked culture for his own ends.
    Christianity commands you to seek a Messiah. Very convenient. I creates a suckers waiting for a demigod:

    “You were sent by God to save America” – Trump supporter
    “Yes, I think so.” – Donald Trump

    Actual exchange recorded
    at rally November 2015, Worcester, Ma
    By the Boston Globe

  • The Donald doesn’t need to read the New Testament! I can’t think of a more dangerous suggestion.
    “Avoid them all” – (Romans 15:16)
    “Execute them” – JESUS (Luke 19:27)
    “Believe or be condemned” – JESUS (Mark 16:16)

    He needs to read the Constitution!

  • The comparison to P. T. Barnum is unfair to Barnum, a brilliant purveyor of entertainment and, also, a significant philanthropist, a church leader, and a politician. Barnum made significant gifts to Tufts College and to the founding of the American Museum of Natural History. He was an active member of Universalist churches in Danbury and Bridgeport, CT, and New York City. He served successfully as mayor of Bridgeport, CT and in the Connecticut legislature. Over the course of his lifetime, he went from owning at least one slave to supporting the abolition of slavery to full-throated advocacy of Black male enfranchisement. His speech in support of equal enfranchisement was a factor in not being re-elected to the legislature. His earlier support of abolition was what likely prompted arson against one of his museums. He wrote at least one tract on his Universalist faith that showed just how deep that faith was and how he grew as a moral being over a lifetime. No one could be more different from Trump than P. T. Barnum.

  • “Evangelicals like Trump’s appeals to bigotry”

    Jesus and his Christian philosophy inspires tremendous bigotry. This should not be surprising to anyone:

    “The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 CORINTHIANS 2:14)

    Such self-annointed darlings.

  • Obama and Clinton may not be perfect, but they are infinitely preferable to Trump, and most serious Christians would agree.

  • Appreciate your rational and thought-out response there, I agree with a lot of it.

    But there’s a Huge problem with Obama now. After Obama successfully ran his big Gay Marriage Crusade on America, he stopped doing interviews about what he SPECIFICALLY believes and doesn’t believe anymore.

    Sure, he’ll say he’s a Christian, he’ll briefly mention Jesus Christ or God, sure, but it’s totally not-clear what Obama believes NOW about Jesus, God, the Bible, Sin, Salvation, etc.

  • Aragon, I fully agree with you that Trump needs to read, and I would add comprehend, the US Constitution. I would, however, caution you about proof texting the Scriptures. It doesn’t make you look informed, it makes you look foolish. Misunderstand me not, far too many Christians do the same thing to make their point. The reality is it doesn’t make the point you or they think it does. Simply quoting passages, especially your two and three word sections, have no meaning whatsoever. You have to place them in their larger context. In other words, reading for comprehension.

  • “proof texting”

    Dear Rick,
    I was a devout Christian for 49 years. I taught the Bible. I raised my children in the church.
    I know what I am talking about and I know the Bible. And I know what it feels like to love one’s church.

    Unfortunately religion is nonsense.
    Christianity (like all religions) is about tribal cohesion and tribal defenses – It is not about decency or goodness. The whims of a god never line up with the interests of humanity.

  • Obama was baptized in and attended a UCC church in Chicago. Hillary is a died-in-the-wool Methodist. Neither are conning anyone. You can disagree with their policies or their theology/spirituality. But suggesting they are conning American Christians, who hold a variety of beliefs and practices that don’t always agree across the spectrum, is dishonest. Disagreement is not synonymous with fraud. To be honest, it’s as though you say things you don’t really understand.

  • I am not simply quoting passages. I am pointing to the divisive, bigoted core of the Jesus message:

    Jesus didn’t forgive his enemies – he sent them to Hell (Mark 16:16)
    Jesus wanted people burned alive “you shall be thrown away…and burned in the fire” – (John 15:6)
    Jesus cursed his enemies– “Thou Fools!”(Matt. 23:17)
    Jesus stole things– “untie them” ..”bring them to me” (Matt. 21:2-3)
    Jesus destroyed his enemies– “Execute them in front of me”(Luke 19:27)
    Jesus didn’t love most of his neighbors – They are ‘Dogs’ (Matthew 15:26)
    Jesus told people to judge others– “Remove your blessings of peace”!(Matt 10:14)
    Jesus was bigoted – “They are swine” (Matthew 7:6)
    Jesus violently whipped people – attack on the temple (John 2:5)
    Jesus didn’t want peace– “I do not bring peace.”(Matt 10:34)
    Jesus Lied – “He went in secret” (John 7:8-13)
    Jesus prepared for war – “if you have money, buy a sword” (Luke 22:36-37)
    Jesus loved slave ownership – “whip slaves severely” (Luke 12:47-48)

    Any public official who invokes JESUS deserves to be challenged on it.
    Jesus is an example of horrible immorality.

  • It isn’t Trump conning Evangelicals. It is their Anti-Christ Leaders that lust for Power, prestige, and Money that are conning them.

  • It means “God shows up when you least expect it,” but you’d probably be similarly put off by that.

  • Any Christian reading this, please stop what you are doing and pray for for Mr. Aragon. Pray that he will find peace and open his heart to Jesus. Mr. Aragon, Matthew 12:32.

  • Now that is an overgeneralization. All politicians are not equal. Some are better for our society (Obama, Clinton, etc) and some are vastly worse (Trump, W. Bush, Cruz, Rubio, etc).

  • Reading all these comments about Mr. Johnston’s article was really depressing. Where does all this hatred come from? Has Christianity so severely offended so many? I’m 80 years old, and the most loving, helpful, responsible, sacrificial, honest people I’ve known—any desirable quality—you name it—have been Christians (including my mother). My denomination has had doctors and nurses working in Africa and other 3rd world countries for 2 centuries, and working for scratch, certainly not for material benefit. Christianity lives in my heart (the only way). And it gives such a wonderful feeling. Try it. Most of you may think I’ve been ‘conned” all these years, but I don’t think so. Even so, I would do it all over again, given the opportunity; it’s the best way to live. The Apostles Peter and Paul went to their execution rather than deny the Gospel they preached. That seems to pretty much vouch for its validity.

  • Please, there is such a thing as American conservative Christianity. The two main versions have differences and two big things in common. Number 1: Elite “followers of Jeus” who avoid calling themselves Christian. They run the prayer breakfasts and “The Family” (as reported by Jeff Sharlet) and the Fellowship. They believe that Jesus and America are joined, God having given Jesus and the “real America” (not the liberal version, not the democracy) the sword to aggressively bring the whole world to a non-denominational or any denomination Jesus through capitalism and the military. They are enormously influential, secretive and responsible for the US government’s being stuck on a right wing course and on perpetual war. The select democracy and work for a dictatorship of God as operated on earth through God’s anointed men (conservatives, but not women). Liberal America is in apostasy because of two great sins, abortion and gay rights. They also believe that any government aid to the poor and the middle class is idolatrous. … Number 2. Populist conservative Christianity. They believe in the sword wielding vengeful Jesus of Revelation over the Jesus of the Gospels. They believe in the Rapture. They believe liberal America is in apostasy because of abortion and gay rights. They believe that government aid to the poor and middle class is idolatrous. But they feel excluded, powerless, unless the elite in the Family. … Liberals need to recognize that there is no one Christianity.

  • “PT Barnum . . . . . this guy is essentially at heart a con artist who tells you what you want to hear.”

    No kidding. My first president was Dwight Eisenhower, though I was too young to remember him. In that time there have been 5 Republican presidents, some less harmful than others. But even the Darth Cheney/GWB reign did not cause the mass Republican defections we’re seeing now. There’s a reason that even in this era of hyper partisanship, Republicans cannot stomach the hideousness of Trump. It’s only the very bottom of the bottom feeders – Christie, Pence, George Pee Bush and a few others that are pledging their integrity to trump. They’ll lose what’s left of that by November.

    Trump, the subject of this article, is simply reprehensible. David Cayman Johnson is really too kind to him. No one, especially not Clinton or Obama, are close to Trump’s level of disgusting behavior. In addition, the poor behavior of anyone does not excuse the poor behavior of another.

  • “Where does all this hatred come from? Has Christianity so severely offended so many?”

    YES. Actually not Christianity. Its people who claim to speak for all of Christendom in support of offending and harming others.

    The problem with NALT (Not All Like That) Christian responses like yours is that they only get trotted out when atheists criticize the foibles of Fundamentalist Christianity and never are used to call to task your own wayward and harmful brethren in faith. Your response is pure defensiveness.

    Where were you when fellow Christian used their faith to justify unloving, offensive and harmful actions towards others? Frankly, as an atheist I have done more to defend Christians like yourself and your beliefs from Fundamentalist insults and attacks than Christians like yourself.

  • Oh, no doubt liars and con artists who are more likely to get you what you want are much more desirable. ?

  • You were never a true Christian or you would still be one. Anyone can have head knowledge of the Bible but only a true Christian can understand it and it’s spiritual message. 75% of people today that claim to be Christians are deceived just as you are and were.

  • “never a true Christian”
    Your insult is duly noted.
    But if your best argument is to insult my former Christianity – why can’t I insult your own conviction?
    You are not a true Christian. If you were, you would follow the rules of Jesus – and those rules would put you in jail:

    Who does Jesus consider his “enemies”?

    “You are either with me or against me” – JESUS (Matthew 12:30)

    “the Jews: Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us…THEY DO NOT PLEASE GOD, and are contrary to all men…for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost.” – PAUL (1 Thessalonians 2:14)

    “In the same way also the men, giving up natural intercourse with women, were consumed with passion for one another. Men committed shameless acts with men and received in their own persons the due penalty [Leviticus 20:13] for their error.” (Romans 1:27)

    “Avoid them!” – (Romans 16:16)
    “Beware of the dogs [non-Jews]!” – (Philippians 3:2)
    “Slaves shall be beaten” – JESUS (Luke 12:47-48)
    “You are nothing without me” – (John 15:5)
    “the kingdom of heaven advances with violence” – JESUS (Matthew 11:10-15)
    “Let him who has done this be removed from among you.” (1 Corinthians 1:13)
    “have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed.” (2 Thessalonian 3:14)
    “If anyone does not love the Lord, let that person be cursed!” (1 Corinthians 16:22)
    “you shall be tossed and burned… like sticks” – JESUS (John 15:6)

  • People who are members of the Jesus club benefit from the Jesus club.
    You are forgetting what Christianity does to those who are not in the club. Real people are dying every day at the direction of Jesus:

    “Avoid them!” – (Romans 16:16)
    “Beware of the dogs [non-Jews]!” – (Philippians 3:2)
    “Slaves shall be beaten” – JESUS (Luke 12:47-48)
    “You are nothing without me” – (John 15:5)
    “the kingdom of heaven advances with violence” – JESUS (Matthew 11:10-15)
    “Let him who has done this be removed from among you.” (1 Corinthians 1:13)
    “have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed.” (2 Thessalonian 3:14)
    “If anyone does not love the Lord, let that person be cursed!” (1 Corinthians 16:22)
    “you shall be tossed and burned… like sticks” – JESUS (John 15:6)

    My dear grandmother was a good, devout Christian. But I never forgot the look of horror on her face when I told her I was dating a jewish girl. And she never had nice things to say about Jewish people or Muslims – not really. And all you need to do is look at what Jesus taught:

    “the Jews: Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us…THEY DO NOT PLEASE GOD, and are contrary to all men…for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost.” – PAUL (1 Thessalonians 2:14)

  • You never truly believed in Santa Claus.
    You wrote him letters for years. Told him you were a good boy – you asked him for special things. He delivered some of them – you Witnessed his personal deliveries every Christmas! – but then you changed your mind.

    You never truly believed in Santa

  • You never were really a Christian, then. Once you know the person of Christ — not about him, but you genuinely know him, you could never turn your back on him, nor call the faith he founded “fiction.”

  • Again, I doubt you ever really were a Christian. It’s about a relationship with a very Real Person, whom I met 30 years ago, and love more today than yesterday. If you read the Bible and followed rules, but did not have a spiritual conversion, then you were just reading the Bible and following rules, not engaging with the great I AM.

  • ” Anyone can have head knowledge of the Bible but only a true Christian can understand it and it’s spiritual message.”

    You could have been approaching accuracy if you had said, ” Anyone can have head knowledge of the Bible but only a true Christian can be irrational/delusional enough to understand ingest it and it’s spiritual specious message.”

    One of the necessary tactics in defending religious beliefs is the denunciation of reason, logic, and evidence as evil deceitful workings of a devil, and you invoked that tactic by using the pejorative term, “head knowledge.”

  • I was a god-loving Christian for 49 years. If that isn’t “true” Christian then you are not a true Christian either.
    These awful cultural habits must be ridiculed for what they are – ancient delusions.

  • I speak as an Ex-Christian:
    The seeds of bigotry and self-puffery are in the Christian Religion itself. The directives of Jesus are themselves NEEDLESSLY divisive:

    “Whoever is not with me is against me” – JESUS (Matthew 12:30)

    It is nonsense.

  • You have no clue whether the real god is Vishnu, Ganesha, Jesus or Allah – or some other god.
    And you can’t even confirm your own god exists.

    You are simply repeating the fears and wishes your grandmother taught you. That is not a respectable approach to reality.

  • I was not brought up in a Christian household. Actually athiest/agnostic/ethical society household. I met the real God when I was 29 years old.

  • You tried him and turned away. So you’ve had your moment. But death is the moment that we ALL will meet him, ready or not. I would just be ready on this side than on the other when our choice is not reversible. And you know he’s not cruel since you are no doubt enjoying benefits of the life and breath he has given, though you show him no gratitude for it.

  • He didn’t fool brother James. Brother James has long made it clear that his interests are power, money, and dominion. Brother James fooled you into thinking otherwise.

  • So 75% of Christians are not really Christians because they are not the same kind of Christian you are.

    Once again showing that the greatest enemy of deeply religious people is deeply religious people.

  • Would your congregation crucify you if you spoke out against Trump? I think many pastors would face just that.

  • I’ve read it on the Internet in twice in the past minute. You’re right. People are saying it..

  • “I know god is not cruel….benefits of life”
    Who says the benefits of life come from gods? It is astounding for you to make such a claim when you can’t prove it doesn’t come from Leprechauns or fairies…or something else.

    How do you think you can get away with simply claiming all of life came from gods?

  • These are my sentiments exactly. God has put us Christians in a place where we absolutely have nowhere to look but to Him. This is always as it should be, but with the political choice before Americans today, the issue is just that much clearer.

  • Of course he is telling people what he thinks they want to hear. He is a businessman/politician. They only lie when their lips move. And no takers on your book? Could that possibly be because the trust factor in America is basically 0 right now? Meaning that in many minds, there is one thought: With me or against me. Or maybe you just ran up against the reality that in America, many cannot seem to separate their religion from their politics.
    It really does not take a genius to realize that Trump is playing us all. Yet, is he really that much worse than his opponent? I say no, he is not.
    America is now reaping what we have sown over the past 2 or 3 decades…maybe longer.

  • Your right. All politicians are not equal. And some are better for our society. Cannot disagree with your thought, but cannot agree with your thoughts on who would be better for our society.
    Don’t delude yourself. Clinton is no better than Trump.

  • Trump is conning everyone about everything. That’s how he lives his life. He’s not fit to be dog catcher. Hey, he’s not fit to be dog.

  • Cast about stones as the money changers in the Temple from both sides of the isle, go about their agenda , indeed, the alternative is to abandon one’s faith and submit.
    Come to know the serpents, come to accept the messengers with horn in hand, loud to ears. Learn to discern the difference between friend and foe. Heed the clarion. Jerico is rocking.

  • They just parrot empty dogma with no attempt to think critically about the nonsense they have become dependent upon for a feeling of self-worth.

  • That’s exactly what it is and that same camouflage hides their bigotry and hatred of others who they see as inferior.

  • Why? I hear this all the time but I can’t find any evidence of her evil deeds. In fact just the opposite. The only source of this myth that she’s a terrible person seems to come from the right-wing media and their cronies. If you have a credible source and can site examples of her wrong doing that doesn’t come from the GOP or Fox then I’d love to hear it.

  • Really? None at all?
    Well…your whole rw media thing says alot too, I suppose.
    All I can say is that your not looking too hard then. To be sure, nothing that, so far as I am aware, crosses any legal boundry. Legal is the key word.

    I personally do not know anybody who likes Trump, either. Clearly, he is not the man for the job, so get off the whole rw conspiracy bull crap. It just don’t fly any more.

    Do yourself a favor. Stop drinking kool-aid for breakfast, lunch and supper. Wake up and smell the roses before you realize you are standing knee deep in the fertilizer.

  • If you consider that an attack, you must have very thin skin. Read “Take This Bread” by Sarah Miles.

  • As an ex-Christian, I agree with you completely. I was the same way once. And I blame the religion for not letting me think for myself.

    My once often recited prayer: “Lord, help me in my unbelief.”
    So counterproductive.

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