To the dismay of Democrats, evangelical leaders around the country are refusing to throw Trump under the bus for the lewd comments he made 11 years ago.
In an email to Buzzfeed, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council stated that his “personal support for Donald Trump has never been based upon shared values, it is based upon shared concerns.” Issues such as abortion, Constitutional Supreme Court Justices, Islamic terrorists and attacks on religious liberty in America drive his desire to see Trump as our President.
Ralph Reed, President of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, had a more direct statement.
“Voters of faith are voting on issues like who will protect unborn life, defend religious freedom, create jobs, and oppose the Iran nuclear deal. Ten-year-old tapes of private conversation with a television talk show host rank very low on their hierarchy of concerns.”
He took the moment to compare Trump’s words to Hillary Clinton’s actions, claiming that “corrupt use of her office to raise funds from foreign governments and corporations and her reckless and irresponsible handling of classified material on her home-brewed email server, endangering US national security” are concerns driving evangelical voters to vote Republican in November.
Famed Christian leader Rev. Franklin Graham took to Facebook to respond to Trump’s comments.
“The crude comments made by Donald J. Trump more than 11 years ago cannot be defended. But the godless progressive agenda of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton likewise cannot be defended.
On November 8th we will all have a choice to make. The two candidates have very different visions for the future of America. The most important issue of this election is the Supreme Court. That impacts everything. There’s no question, Trump and Clinton scandals might be news for the moment, but who they appoint to the Supreme Court will remake the fabric of our society for our children and our grandchildren, for generations to come.”
African-American Pastor Darrell Scott made his opinion known on Twitter.
I don’t condone the conversation; but I don’t condemn the man!
— Dr.Darrell Scott (@PastorDScott) October 8, 2016
In a rare act of humility, Trump released a much-talked about video apology early Saturday, where he admitted, ‘I never said I was perfect.’ Watch the clip HERE.
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