Evangelist Franklin Graham Defends Trump, Excuses His ‘Mean’ Behavior
Evangelist Franklin Graham defended President Donald Trump and told The New Yorker that Trump’s moral wrongs go back many years (but did not mention Trump secretly paid hush money to porn star Stormy Daniels and ex-Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal in 2016 weeks before the election):
President [Bill] Clinton did a lot of good for this country but he brought the country also to a low that we have never had before. A lot of the moral issues that Donald Trump has had to deal with go back a number of years.
Graham also insisted that Trump has changed:
I know I am not the same person I was 20 or 15 years ago. And I hope we all learn from mistakes and we get better for that. All I know is that as human beings we are all flawed, including Franklin Graham.
Graham insisted that he was not that close to Trump despite speaking at the recent evangelical dinner at the White House:
I am not that close. You meet politicians from time to time and for me, I stay out of Washington as much as I can. I don’t go up to lobby congressmen or senators.
I have been at the White House for a few functions but I try to keep my distance. I want to speak out on issues that I think are moral issues that we should be speaking out and addressing.
Graham claimed that Trump has been strong on “religious freedom issues,” but was not clear on what those issues are:
I don’t agree with everything he says. I don’t agree with everything he tweets but he has been very strong on religious freedom issues, which I appreciate.
Graham was asked if he thought Trump was “mean” per the nasty and racist insults Trump fires out, but Graham claimed that was simply part of being a New Yorker:
I went to high school in New York and New Yorkers have a little bit of an edge and that’s just the way they are. I don’t think he always means it that way. He says things and sometimes they are very blunt.