Evangelist Franklin Graham Defends Trump And Statue Of Slave Owner

Evangelist Franklin Graham defended President Donald Trump who failed to denounce the white nationalists who held a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and killed an innocent counter-protester, Heather Heyer.

Graham tried to lay blame on the Charlottesville City Council for its plan to remove a statue erected in honor of Robert E. Lee, who led the Confederate Army and was a notorious slave owner.

The New York Times notes: “The white nationalists were in Charlottesville to protest the city’s plan to remove that statue, and counterdemonstrators were there to oppose them.”

Graham blamed Satan and others on Facebook while defending Trump and the “memorial” to Lee:

Shame on the politicians who are trying to push blame on President Trump for what happened in #Charlottesville, VA. That’s absurd. What about the politicians such as the city council who voted to remove a memorial that had been in place since 1924, regardless of the possible repercussions? How about the city politicians who issued the permit for the lawful demonstration to defend the statue?

And why didn’t the mayor or the governor see that a powder keg was about to explode and stop it before it got started? Instead they want to blame President Donald J. Trump for everything. Really, this boils down to evil in people’s hearts. Satan is behind it all. He wants division, he wants unrest, he wants violence and hatred. He’s the enemy of peace and unity.

I denounce bigotry and racism of every form, be it black, white or any other. My prayer is that our nation will come together. We are stronger together, and our answers lie in turning to God. It was good to hear that several Virginia and Charlottesville leaders attended church today at Mt. Zion. CNN said, “The racial divides that fueled Saturday’s violence were replaced by unity Sunday…” Continue to pray for peace and for all those impacted by Saturday’s tragedies.

Contrary to Graham’s false claims, the city did try to fight the rally being held in Emancipation Park in court, but were overruled by U.S. District Judge Glen Conrad, notes The Associated Press.

(Sources: New York Times, Franklin Graham/FacebookThe Associated Press via TIME, Photo Credit: Cornstalker/Wikimedia)

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