Evangelist Franklin Graham Defends Trump Over Racist Comments, Alleged Affair With Porn Star

Evangelist Franklin Graham defended President Donald Trump amid reports Trump’s of racist comment about “sh*thole countries,” which was witnessed by Democrat Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois and Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham of South Carolina.

Graham also defended Trump amid multiple reports that Trump had a sexual affair with porn star Stormy Daniels and paid $130,000 for her silence.

MSNBC host Alex Witt asked Graham about Trump’s reported “sh*thole” comments, and Graham claimed Trump didn’t say it based on Trump’s denial:

He said he didn’t say it… I don’t think any of those senators, if he did use that language, have heard that word for the first time.

I’m sure that’s a word they’ve used before, I think there’s a little hypocrisy here. He said he didn’t say it, so I have to go along with the president in that he didn’t say it.

Graham falsely claimed that ISIS was defeated in Iraq and Syria, and praised Trump for the stock market even though the U.S. was under Obama’s economic policies in 2017:

 We have a businessman who is a president, not a politician, but a businessman. We should all be grateful that he’s brought his knowledge to Washington and he’s helping to turn this economy around.

Witt asked Graham about the alleged sexual affair between Daniels and Trump, and Trump’s payoff to Daniels that has been confirmed by multiple sources:

Reverend, you just told me that this country has a sin problem and I know you’ve no doubt heard that the president is accused of having his lawyer pay $130,000 to a former porn star allegedly for her silence about his sexual encounter while he’s married.

The previous allegations as well, that access “Access Hollywood” tape, does that challenge your faith in the president? Does the president have a sin problem?

Graham, who regularly attacks people for what he claims is immoral sexual behavior on Facebook, rationalized for Trump: “I can promise you he is not President Perfect.”

Witt countered: 

But, sir, can you understand how there are those that are crying hypocrisy? When for example, the New York Daily News editorial on Thursday accuses some Christian leaders, like Gary Bauer who supports the president for being hypocrites, for saying absolutely nothing about the Stormy Daniels matter.

When people cry there’s hypocrites there within the evangelical community, can you understand that criticism?

Graham again used Trump’s denial as proof:

Well first of all, President Trump I don’t think has admitted to having an affair with this person and so, this is just a news story, I don’t know if it’s accurate.

Now did he have an affair with this woman? I have no clue, but I believe that 70 years of age, the president is a much different person today than he was four years ago, five years ago, ten years ago or whatever and we just have to give the man the benefit of the doubt.

He said he didn’t do it, so okay, let’s say he didn’t do it. I don’t think it’s hypocritical because he’s a flawed man, for me to try to support him and help him and pray for him.

I’m a flawed person. and I would hate for people to see all the baggage I have in my life, but the fact is that God has forgiven me and I’ve asked for his forgiveness, and I think the president has, too.

(Source: MSNBC via YouTube)

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