With President Trump being two years into his time in the White House and with several politicians announcing their 2020 bids, political tensions have dramatically increased.
Several Democratic candidates have announced that they will be running in the next presidential election, and the nation is already thinking about how the results will play out. Recently, MSNBC’s Craig Melvin interviewed Franklin Graham in order to talk about his father’s ministry and about his opinions on President Trump.
Craig Melvin began the interview by talking about President Trump’s approval rate among evangelicals in America. He noted that the percentage of support has dropped by almost 7% from December to January.
First, Craig asked Franklin Graham about his father’s intentionality for praying over past presidents and about what his legacy looked like.
Franklin said that his father was “faithful to preaching the gospel that God loves us, that our sins separate us from God, but yet God provided a way.” After, he quoted John 3:16.
Franklin continued, “My father preached this message continually his whole life, calling people to repentance, to turn from their sins, and to put faith and trust in Jesus Christ. If they did that, God would welcome them into heaven.”
After spending some time talking about Billy Graham’s legacy, Craig asked Franklin about a recent op-ed piece the pastor did for Fox News. The reporter noted that in Franklin’s piece, he said that “truth is 100% right.”
Craig continued, talking about a recent Washington Post article. In it, they reported that President Trump has made 8,158 false or misleading claims, according to a fact checker.
Franklin Graham responded, “I don’t know how to reconcile that, because I don’t know. You have a fact checker for the president but you don’t have a fact checker for the media at the same time.”
Craig said, “You and I both know that this president has said things over and over that aren’t true.”
Graham responded, “No, I don’t know that. I don’t sit around and try to find every fault in the president every day looking for everything he might have misspoken or missaid. I don’t do that…”
He continued, “I don’t think the president is sitting there behind the desk trying to make up lies. I don’t believe that for a second. Has he misspoken on some things? Sure. All of us do that. You do it and I do it. Sometimes we get the facts wrong and we say something that later on we realize we could have said it better or it was misrepresented.”
“I think the president is trying to do the best that he can under very difficult circumstances,” Franklin continued. “The problems that we face as a nation are so complex, there’s no way the president or congress or any one individual person can fix this. And we’re getting ready to have another presidential campaign and elect another president here in two years, or maybe the same president, I don’t know. But no one person can fix this, Craig. No one person can fix it. It’s too complex. We need God, and as a nation, we’ve turned our backs on God.”
Craig pushed back by saying, “You and I can both agree that one person certainly could serve as a shining example to all of us.”
Franklin answered, “Well, right now we need somebody who can fix our country and fix our problems. Yes, we’ve had some great examples in history and some of them haven’t been such great examples. But the thing is, the American people have elected Donald Trump to be president and he is the president. We need to work with him and support him while he’s president. If he succeeds, it’s going to be to our benefit…we will all benefit if he is successful. If he fails, we’re gonna kick the football further down the road and its gonna be more difficult for the next president.”
Franklin concluded, encouraging all Americans to work together with President Trump.
He said, “I would encourage us to all work with President Trump and when the next president comes, let’s work with him or her…we need to work with them. But if we keep kicking our problems further and further down the road, none of them are going to get solved.”
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