Franklin Graham epitomizes the rank hypocrisy at the core of the Christian right, which preaches relentlessly about the importance of morality in our political leaders but still supports Donald Trump, to whom the entire concept of morality could not be less relevant.
“But, sir, can you understand how there are those that are crying hypocrisy? When for example, the New York Daily News editorial on Thursday accuses some Christian leaders, like Gary Bauer who supports the president for being hypocrites, for saying absolutely nothing about the Stormy Daniels matter,” Witt said. “When people cry there’s hypocrites there within the evangelical community, can you understand that criticism?”
“Well first of all, President Trump I don’t think has admitted to having an affair with this person and so, this is just a news story, I don’t know if it’s accurate,” Graham deflected.
Graham then said that even if the report was true, it did not matter, because of Trump’s personal growth during the last decade.
“Now did he have an affair with this woman? I have no clue, but I believe that 70 years of age, the president is a much different person today than he was four years ago, five years ago, ten years ago or whatever and we just have to give the man the benefit of the doubt,” Graham continued…
“I don’t think it’s hypocritical because he’s a flawed man, for me to try to support him and help him and pray for him,” Graham said. “I’m a flawed person. and I would hate for people to see all the baggage I have in my life, but the fact is that God has forgiven me and I’ve asked for his forgiveness, and I think the president has, too.”
No, see, it wouldn’t be hypocritical if you applied the same standard to those who are not aligned with you politically. But you don’t. If this was Barack Obama, you’d be screaming bloody murder about how evil it is to support someone who had done such things. A Democrat who had been married three times, cheated on every one of his wives, bragged about having affairs with other men’s wives, bragged about being a Peeping Tom on teen girls in beauty pageants and grabbing women by the pussy, and all of the other things he’s done, Graham would be declaring them to be Satan himself.
But he supports him politically, so he applies a totally different standard. A Democrat who did even one of those things would the human embodiment of evil itself; a Republican who has done all of those things is given the benefit of every doubt. It’s pure, undistilled, tribalistic hypocrisy.