On Wednesday, January 24, 2018, the Revd Franklin Graham gave an interview to Todd Starnes on Fox News Radio.
On the coup, the Revd Graham told Todd Starnes (emphases mine):
I believe we are in a coup d’etat. There are people in this country who are wanting to destroy the President and take over the government by force.
Graham called on the nation to pray for the president and the vice president.
“We need to pray for those that surround the president that God will protect them and keep them safe,” he said.
“I believe that he’s the president of this nation because God allowed it,” Graham. “And I think on election night, God intervened. He wasn’t supposed to win – he was supposed to lose. And I think it was God who worked in a mysterious way on election night to turn the tables.”
Recall that I wrote about a plot last summer (Threat of plot against Donald Trump is real), a coup in December (The case for a coup against Trump) and once more last week (The case for a coup against Trump).
Graham rightly says that the media are complicit in the coup. Speaking of those who want to take down the president, he said:
“They are not going to use bullets. They are using the media – to plant thoughts in people’s minds that he’s incompetent, that he’s dangerous, that you can’t trust him with nuclear weapons, that he is mentally unstable,” Graham said.
Another Fox News article about Graham’s interview stated that the president and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse caught flak for what he has said about President Donald Trump:
Graham and other Christian leaders have been targeted in recent days by the mainstream media for their unwavering support of the president. Many have been accused of hypocrisy for backing a man who is accused of cheating on his wife and using profanity.
Among Graham’s critics is GOPe former party chairman Michael Steele, who turned out to be a bitterly disappointing leader after the 2008 election. He did nothing to bring his own and other minorities into the Republican Party. My hopes were high, only to be dashed. I haven’t trusted the Republicans since. That said, they are still better than Democrats.
Steele, a Catholic and fierce never-Trumper, appeared on television to criticise Graham and other pro-Trump pastors:
“I have a very simple admonition at this point,” Michael Steele said on MSNBC’s “Hardball.” “Just shut the hell up and don’t ever preach to me about anything ever again. I don’t want to hear it.”
Steele, the former head of the Republican National Committee, was furious at evangelicals.
“After telling me how to live my life, who to love, what to believe, what not to believe, what to do and what not to do and now you sit back and the prostitutes don’t matter? The grabbing the you-know-what doesn’t matter? The outright behavior and lies don’t matter? Just shut up.”
The Fox News article explained the background to Steele’s comment went back to the 2016 campaign:
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, drew fire after he said evangelicals gave President Trump a second chance …
Both Graham and Perkins pointed out that Trump’s alleged sinful transgressions occurred long before he took the oath of office. On the other hand, Bill Clinton’s admitted indiscretions not only happened during his presidential term – they literally happened in the Oval Office.
Yes, they did indeed!
Back to Graham’s biblical explanation of his support of Trump:
“We are all flawed people,” he told the “Todd Starnes Radio Show.” “The president is a sinner. Franklin Graham is a sinner. We are not perfect people.”
He called the accusations against the president unfortunate and distracting.
“Has he had scandals in his life? Sure he has,” Graham told me. “These scandals happened a number of years ago. That doesn’t make it right. I don’t condone bad language. I don’t condone adultery.”
But for now – Graham said he still supports President Trump.
“He’s not perfect, but he’s our president,” Graham said. “He said he didn’t do it. I have to take his word over that of the media – that is trying to lynch him.”
However, should evidence come to light that Trump had engaged in such behavior while in office, Graham said he would speak out with condemnation.
The reason I said Graham’s words about ‘flawed people’ are biblical is that they refer to the following verses, which also cite Psalm 14:1-3, with the same words:
53 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, doing abominable iniquity;
there is none who does good.
2 God looks down from heaven
on the children of man
to see if there are any who understand,[b]
who seek after God.
3 They have all fallen away;
together they have become corrupt;
there is none who does good,
not even one.
10 as it is written:
“None is righteous, no, not one;
11 no one understands;
no one seeks for God.
12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
no one does good,
not even one.”
Graham, who refrained from endorsing Trump or anyone else in 2016, concluded by saying:
“The only hope for this country is God,” Graham said. “I don’t have any faith in the Republican Party. I don’t have any faith in the Democrat Party. The only hope for this nation is God.”
That is true for the United States and true for every nation in the world.
I will have more on the media and the coup this week.