Who is Emanuel Cleaver? Donald Trump Jr calls Democratic rep 'insane' for closing prayer with amen and 'awomen'

'It isn’t a gendered word but that didn’t stop them from being insane. Is this what you voted for?'

Who is Emanuel Cleaver? Donald Trump Jr calls Democratic rep 'insane' for closing prayer with amen and 'awomen'
Donald Trump Jr, Emanuel Cleaver (Getty Images)
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Donald Trump Jr has called out Democratic Representative Emanuel Cleaver for closing his prayers with "amen and awomen". The son of President Donald Trump also pointed out that the phrase is actually Latin and not a gendered word. Cleaver, who is an ordained United Methodist minister from Missouri, had also made a mention of the Hindu god Brahma while praying at the opening of Congress.

He said, "We ask it in the name of the monotheistic God, Brahma, and ‘god’ known by many names by many different faiths." While closing the prayer he said, "Amen and awomen." The word amen does not relate to gender but does translate to "so be it" and comes from the Hebrew for faithfulness or fidelity. Trump Jr pointed this out on Twitter on January 4, saying: "The prayer to open the 117th congress ended with 'amen and a-woman'. Amen means 'So Be It' in Latin. It isn’t a gendered word but that didn’t stop them from being insane. Is this what you voted for?"

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A video of the prayer was shared on Twitter by Republican Guy Reschenthaler who said that the word amen is "not a gendered word". He added, "Unfortunately, facts are irrelevant to progressives. Unbelievable."

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Many social media users took to commenting on Trump Jr's post. One such user shared, "When I first heard their 'prayer' I thought it kind of funny, but in retrospect it is probably one of the most dangerous utterances I think that has ever been made, it totally undermines the Judeo/Christian heritage, ridicules it in fact. Almost a declaration of war."

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Another user added, "Amen is not a reference to males. It is Latin for 'So be it'. Those who use Awomen at the end of prayer can not possibly follow the lord even though they say they do. Or at the very least they don't understand the Bible. Such a person should not be reciting a prayer." "The usage of amen, meaning 'so be it', is of Biblical Hebrew origin. The word originated in the Hebrew Scriptures, as a confirmatory response; it is found in Deuteronomy as a confirmatory response made by the people. So to say “amen and a-woman” is indeed pretty much insane," commented another user.

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We had earlier reported that Trump Jr. had taken to the podium at a recent Georgia rally to express his interest in running for governor of the battleground state. This comes after President Donald Trump vehemently criticized Governor Brian Kemp for not doing more to intervene in overturning the November election results.

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Commenting about how he's considering moving to Georgia to run for the position in 2022, Trump Jr told a crowd of supporters in Ocilla that he might move in to Georgia: “It’s not like I belong in New York, so I might as well, right?” Trump Jr's girlfriend and former Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle also remarked just moments prior that the two of them “were talking on the way over here about moving to Georgia.” Before her boyfriend took the microphone, she also added: "They better behave here, your governor. I know someone who might run for governor of Georgia.”

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