Evangelical Leaders Standing By Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers a foreign policy speech at the Mayflower Hotel April 27, 2016 in Washington, DC. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

One group of Trump supporters who the liberal media expected to be shaken to the core over Friday’s leaked audio of Trump’s inappropriate private conversation are still standing behind their candidate – the evangelicals.

The Daily Beast pointed out that evangelicals who opposed Trump before still aren’t fans, but those who are in his camp aren’t phased by the recording, because this isn’t about how much they like Trump – it’s about their unflinching opposition to Hillary Clinton.

Evangelicals have long ago made their peace with who Trump is, including this three marriages and once appearing on the cover of Playboy magazine.   His conservative supporters conceded that Trump’s comments in the leaked audio were vulgar and unacceptable – but it’s still not as bad as the words “President Clinton.”

CNN’s Ashley Killough posted on Twitter that she had spoken to Ralph Reed, of the Faith and Freedom Coalition.  Reed, who is a member of Trump’s religious advisory board, said, “I’ve listened to the tape, my view is that people of faith are voting for president on issues like who will defend and protect unborn life, defund Planned Parenthood, grow the economy and create jobs, and oppose the Iran nuclear deal.   “I think a 10-year-old tape of a private conversation with (a) TV talk show host ranks pretty low on their hierarchy of their concerns.”

Another member of Trump’s Evangelical Advisory Board, Pastor Robert Jeffress of the First Baptist Church in Dallas, admitted Trump’s comments were “lewd, offensive and indefensible”… but he’s still voting for Trump, saying he’d been upfront about Trump’s morals from the beginning.

“I said at that time, with Trump sitting next to me, I would not necessarily choose this man to be my child’s Sunday School teacher,” Jeffress said. “But that’s not what this election is about.”

He added that he doesn’t think Hillary Clinton is morally superior to Trump.   “Here is a woman who lied to the families of the Benghazi victims, she destroyed 33,000 emails while under subpoena, and she’s attacked the women who attacked her husband,” he said. “The fact is we’re all sinners, we all need forgiveness, and God doesn’t grade people according to their level of sin.”

Roman Catholic David Bozell, a Trump supporter who heads up the “ForAmerica” group, said, “Bill Clinton’s history of being a sexual predator, including affairs with interns, dwarfs any locker room banter.  The clip is unfortunate, but then again, we’re not electing saints in November.”

Throngs of Trump’s supporters gathered at Trump Tower Saturday, showing their unwavering support in light of the controversy, until Trump finally came out and greeted them briefly.







 

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