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Trump evangelical advisers back voting challenges but stop short of alleging fraud

Nov 12, 2020

By Jack Jenkins

President Donald Trump’s evangelical advisers are backing his challenges to the results of the 2020 election, though most stop short of joining the president’s effort to declare victory despite President-elect Joe Biden’s substantial leads in key swing states.

Ralph Reed, head of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, echoed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other top Republicans in saying that Trump has every right to pursue recounts and rumors of voter fraud.

“As a veteran of the 2000 Florida recount, I take the integrity of elections and the rule of law very seriously,” Reed told Religion News Service. “Donald Trump’s campaign is entirely within its rights to pursue legal challenges and recounts where appropriate. This election will be over when those recounts are complete and those legal challenges are resolved — and not until.”

The Rev. Franklin Graham, son of the late evangelist Billy Graham and a vocal supporter of the president, tweeted on Monday (Nov. 9) that the courts will “determine who wins the presidency.”

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