Franklin Graham: Trump’s Affair Happened Before He Was President, So Who Cares?

Jan 24, 2018

By Hemant Mehta

On CNN last night, evangelist Franklin Graham argued that Donald Trump‘s alleged affair with a porn star wasn’t a deal-breaker for evangelical Christians because it “happened 11, 12, 13, 14 years ago… before he was in office.” As if Jesus said affairs are forgivable as long as you don’t have them while president.

Anchor Don Lemon then responded with a list of awful things Trump has done since taking office, and wouldn’t you know it, Graham didn’t seem to care about any of those things, either.

“These alleged affairs, they’re alleged with Trump, didn’t happen while he was in office,” Franklin Graham told CNN’s Don Lemon on “CNN Tonight” on Tuesday.

“This happened 11, 12, 13, 14 years ago,” he said. “And so, I think there is a big difference and not that we give anybody a pass, but we have to look at the timeline and that was before he was in office.”

“I believe Donald Trump is a good man,” he said. “He did everything wrong as a candidate and he won, and I don’t understand it. Other than I think God put him there.”

I had no idea God was Russian.

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20 comments on “Franklin Graham: Trump’s Affair Happened Before He Was President, So Who Cares?

  • @OP – As if Jesus said affairs are forgivable as long as you don’t have them while president.

    Anchor Don Lemon then responded
    with a list of awful things Trump has done since taking office,
    and wouldn’t you know it, Graham didn’t seem to care about any of those things, either.

    I think history shows that religions will happily forgive any abuse or crime by politicians, dictators, tyrants, etc., who they see as offering them favouritisms in exchange for support!

    The Vatican is still profiting from the deal they did with Mussolini, while Catholicism dominated education in Spain for decades, in return for supporting Franco! !

    Ruthless unprincipled dictators have always found flocks of easily led sheeples, useful in gaining power!

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  • I never cease to be amazed by the gulf between the words, attitudes and behaviours of US evangelical Christians and the words, attitudes and behaviours attributed to the man they claim to be following.

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  • It’s confounding to say the least. If you look at the core teachings of the Christ portrayed in the Bible, there should be no Republican Christians. I mean where does it say to take all you can squeeze from the poor, to follow Jesus the free-healer by denying health benefits and food from the needy, rich men can ride their camels through the eyes of needles into heaven and that Jesus would send them a know-nothing whore-dog to lead the most powerful nation in history?

    My only thought is that some combination of four beliefs (none of which can be found in scripture) each of which is its own special (pun intended) trump card that can overpower the entire rest of the Christian deck.

    One is abortion and that alone controls some of the vote. I once campaigned for a congresswoman in the late seventies. This was from the time when the South was still politically confused- still to mad at Lincoln to vote Republican but mad enough and Kennedy and LBJ over forced integration to consider breaking a 100-year tradition and switching to Abe’s old party. Southern Democrats were very conservative except on this one issue and it cost my highly qualified, locally famous, attractive and likable candidate the election. I mean, nobody liked abortion; we just thought it was not an invasive government’s right to decide.

    The other three trump cards aren’t even demonstrably true but the propaganda machine has all those brains with undersized frontal lobes and puffed up amygdalas bunkering up over them anyway. One- the government is coming to take your guns away. Two- the dumbest white Christian is of greater value than even the brightest of any other race or belief and therefore endowed by their creator with extra rights. Three- Christians are a put-upon and harassed minority.

    These misinformed Evangelicals are IMO beyond salvage and impervious to outside influences including their own Holy book. I think the only cure is to do a better job of motivating the majority of the country to get off their indifferent asses and vote.

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  • The Lord and Creator of all things, is infinitely forgiving: when his children lapse, he is all-loving to them. He uses the worst of sinners to advance His Divine Will, as even a cursory look through history will prove.

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  • For centuries, there has been a ready market in forgiveness of murderous robber barons, in exchange for sponsorship of cathedral and church building!

    The has also been a market in comforting lonely, religion-isolated, rich old ladies, to encourage the writing of wills, so that the churches inherit their wealth when they are “given blessings to help their passage to that mythical heaven”!

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  • It’s almost as if the contents of their holy book are a distant second to political considerations.

    I wonder if they’ve even read it, they clearly haven’t understood it

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  • I think you’re all forgetting The Book of Molestations chapter 2 verse 10 which says “verily shalt though give a mulligan to any rich and powerful man in a position to help evangelicals who grabs women by the pussy or even boffs a porn star just after his son is born provided A) He shall not be black or any other impure colour and B) He at leasts pretends to be a Christian sufficient that thou mayest kid thyself he is one even if thou shalt not really believe it.

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  • To look at the Catholic (more correctly Roman Curial) side fairly recently, there was the Concordat signed 20 July 1933 between Nazi Germany the Vatican. Pope at the time was Pius XI, but the concordat was signed by the Cardinal Secretary of State Eugenio Pacelli, extremely germanophile after having been papal nuncio to Germany from 1917 to 1929. Totally freaked out after having experienced some of the left-wing uprisings in Munich just after the end of WW I, he became a totally knee-jerk opponent of anything he considered “Communist” (about which he knew about as much as the proto-fascist KKK in the US, or similar cesspits there to this day). He became Pope Pius XII in 1939, and was lopsidedly silent on Nazi and Fascist atrocities, while blanket excommunicating any Italians who voted for or (horrified shrieks!) actually were actively involved in the Communist party of Italy (and who had been massively active in the Italian version of the French Résistance against the Nazis, as had the French Communists in the original) post-WWII.
    The worst of the Pius Popes, however, was Pius IX, pope from 1846 to 1878, longest reigning pope of all time (he was 54 when elected pope, so four years younger than the recent church-internal Fascist Karol Wojtyła, aka JPII, the one whose reign was the second longest). By some rumors originally a moderate (whatever such a term means in the 19th-century Roman Curial church), after being kicked back into the tiny scrap of property in Rome which is the current Vatican by Garibaldi and the other unifiers of Italy in 1870, he went thermonuclearally psychopathic and committed the Roman Curial church’s greatest brain-deadness bar none, the proclamation of papal infallibility during the first Vatican council (which was cut a bit short when Garibaldi & Co. kicked him into the current Vatican).
    Why do organized religions attract a massively higher percentage of dangerous psychopaths than even Wall Street?

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  • “I believe Donald Trump is a good man,” he said. “He did everything wrong as a candidate and he won, and I don’t understand it. Other than I think God put him there.”

    Well, we can quickly exclude God and if we also exclude the Russians, there’s a far better reason that he won.

    Namely that all latter day US presidential campaigns are conducted along lines that parallel reality TV shows (with elimination of contestants), so naturally the only candidate with reality TV experience had a big advantage.

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  • I am glad to see Graham is able to count from 11 to 14. Somewhat surprising given his limited intellectual faculties. It is a big deal because conservatives have long claimed to have the market cornered when it comes to morality. They like to call themselves the party of family values (or bigotry if you want to save time), so the fact that so many republicans or members of the GOP are dismissing this behavior which would be a sin in their religion as not a big deal, or his numerous instances of sexual assault even against children, or his desire to have sex with his own daughter, his treason, his complete disregard for all human life other than his own, along with his many, many other instances of immorality, is hypocritical to say the least. It is dangerous rhetoric to allow this man to have a free pass and furthermore it proves their god is non-existent when you have disgusting, morally bankrupt people who lay claim to know what their god would and would not be okay with.

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