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Franklin Graham Excuses Trump’s ‘Alleged Affairs’ Because They ‘Didn’t Happen While He Was in Office’

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Graham Says Trump’s Affairs Aren’t Relevant Because They ‘Didn’t Happen While He Was in Office’

During the election Franklin Graham went on a 50 state tour urging voters to choose the candidate that best fit their moral beliefs. He repeatedly refused to make an endorsement but it was clear he supported Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton. Now that Trump is president, Graham is singing a bit of a different tune. He’s vigorously defending Donald Trump while excusing all of his moral missteps.

Don Lemon Tuesday on “CNN Tonight” accused Graham of supporting and defending Trump as a means of getting his religious agenda passed. He suggested “that you believe he is good, because he is good for what you think is right, that the ends justify the means. And if that’s the case, then poor people should be robbing banks.”

Graham denied the charge, insisting that Trump should be believed every time he denies doing anything wrong. 

On “shithole countries,” Graham defended Trump because “he said he didn’t say it,” but also because he’s a businessman.

“He’s accused of having an affair with Stormy Daniels,” Graham continued. “He said he didn’t.”

Graham said he doesn’t know it’s true that Trump gave Daniels a $130,000 payoff. 

Lemon continued to challenge Graham’s religious hypocrisy, asking the evangelical leader how he can excuse Trump’s extramarital affairs, his sexual exploits, and his bragging about sexual assault in the “Access Hollywood” tape.

“I believe that he’s a changed person and I’ve never seen anybody get attacked like he gets attacked,” Graham added, saying the 71-year old president is “maturing” in office.

Lemon wasn’t letting Graham off the hook.

“I don’t understand the cognitive dissonance of Christians and people who twist themselves into pretzels to try to make excuses for Donald Trump’s bad behavior,” an exasperated Lemon declared.

“He’s not the pastor of our country, Don,” Graham responded.

Lemon challenged Graham on his hypocrisy for calling out President Bill Clinton’s behavior but not President Trump’s.

These alleged affairs, they’re alleged with Trump, didn’t happen while he was in office,” Graham told Lemon.

“This happened 11, 12, 13, 14 years ago,” Graham said, defending Trump. “And so, I think there is a big difference and not that we give anybody a pass, but we have to look at the timeline and that was before he was in office.”

That “big difference” Graham says, is between former Presidents Clinton and Kennedy, who had affairs in office, and Trump, who is not known to be having an affair currently.

Hat tip: Raw Story

 

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‘Basically Outlaws Responding to This Pandemic’: Texans Blast Abbott for New ‘Right to Infect’ Order

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Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott is under fire after signing a wide-ranging COVID-19 executive order Thursday that bans any mask or vaccine mandates, bans anyone requesting or requiring proof of vaccination to obtain goods or services, but promotes “personal responsibility” as the means to control what is quickly becoming a new Delta variant-fueled wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the CDC Texas has had over 47,000 new COVID cases and 240 new COVID deaths in the past seven days, with a huge 15%-19.9% positivity rate. Since the start of the pandemic Texas has, under Governor Abbott’s leadership, seen nearly 3.1 million coronavirus cases and almost 52,000 deaths. Texas reports just 52% of its population 12 and older has been vaccinated.

Abbott’s executive order says, “There are no COVID-19-related operating limits for any business or other establishment,” and “no person may he required by any jurisdiction to wear or to mandate the wearing of a face covering.”

“Texans are strongly encouraged as a matter of personal responsibility to consistently follow good hygiene, social-distancing. and other mitigation practices,” and vaccines “will never be mandated by the government,” although “it is strongly encouraged for those eligible to receive one.”

The order also overrides and voids any “COVID-19-related limitations imposed by local governmental entities or officials.”

One local Texas NBC affiliate reports, “Abbott pushes personal responsibility over government mandates as pandemic surges.”

Here’s what some Texans are saying:

 

 

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Dozens of House Republicans Refusing to Wear Masks March to Senate Side for ‘Taste of Freedom’

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After falsely blaming Speaker Nancy Pelosi for the newly-announced mask mandate on the House side of Congress, dozens of Republicans Thursday afternoon engaged in a performative protest, not against the coronavirus but against efforts to end the pandemic. What appeared to be 50 or so House GOP  lawmakers marched over to the Senate side of the Capitol Hill building for what one called a “taste of freedom.”

The Attending Physician of the United States Congress, following updated CDC guidance this week ordered anyone on the House side of the Capitol to wear a mask if in a group, regardless of vaccination status, but did not make the same order for the Senate side.

While Dr. Brian Monahan did not explain why the rules were different, at last cxount only about half of the Republicans on the House side have said they are vaccinated. Almost every Republican on the Senate side is. All Democrats on both sides are fully vaccinated. Dr. Monahan’s office announced fines and possible removal for repeat offenders.

Among those in the maskless pack making their way to the Senate side were Reps. Madison Cawthorn, Lauren Boebert, Louie Gohmert, Paul Gosar, Marjorie Taylor Greene, and Chip Roy.

Roll Call’s Chris Cioffi and The Hill’s Scott Wong posted video:

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Far Right Republican Concocts Fundraising Scheme to Bail Out Mask Rule-Breakers — but the Cash Goes to His Campaign

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Right-wing Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) is asking for donations so that he can pay for the fines for Congressional members and their staff who refuse to wear a mask in the Capitol. But when clicking the link to donate, it takes you to his campaign page.

Typical members of Congress are paid $174,000 annually, so it’s unclear why they would need donations to cover their own rule-breaking. Staffers certainly make much less, however, Washington, D.C. has mandated face masks in public places again. So, they would be in violation of the Capitol rules as well as D.C. rules. It’s unclear if their Republican members would be willing to pay their fees themselves if the staffer follows their boss’s lead.

While the Capitol has instituted fines, the Capitol Police released a statement that seemed like a veiled threat to those anti-maskers refusing to follow the rules.

“Regarding the House mask rule, there is no reason it should ever come to someone being arrested. Anyone who does not follow the rule will be asked to wear a mask or leave the premises. The Department’s requirement for officers to wear masks is for their health and safety,” said the statement.

See Cawthorn’s fundraising tweet below:

 

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