Franklin Graham in 1998 condemned President Bill Clinton’s sins. In 2018, he’s defending President Donald Trump’s.
Franklin Graham, the heir to the Rev. Billy Graham empire and legacy, is nothing like his father. Billy Graham preached to millions, and advised eleven presidents, Democrats and Republicans, including President Barack Obama. Graham, by comparison, preaches on Facebook, and has politicized his ministry to the point where it no longer bears any relationship to the Christian Bible.
Graham is one of President Donald Trump’s top defenders – especially on matters of sin: President Trump’s sins.
In January, as the news that President Trump paid porn star Stormy Daniels hush money was shaping, Graham urged the American people to believe Trump’s denials that there was no affair – and to do so for the good of the nation.
“He said he didn’t do it. So okay, let’s say he didn’t do it. But we just have to think of our country,” Graham told MSNBC.
“I found the president to be truthful with me,” Graham said, adding, “we just have to give the man the benefit of the doubt.”
“Now did he have an affair with this woman? I have no clue. But I believe at 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.”
So, Trump, a proven serial liar, a man who has bragged on tape about sexual assault and about having affairs, deserves “the benefit of the doubt,” because Franklin Graham found him to be “truthful.”
This week, Graham continued his defense of Trump’s sex life.
“I think this thing with Stormy Daniels and so forth is nobody’s business. And we’ve got other business at hand that we need to deal with,” Graham told The Associated Press, as the American Family Association published (via Joe.My.God., video below.)
Graham actually said Trump’s sex life is “nobody’s business.” His paying off a porn star is “nobody’s business.” His affair just months after his youngest son was born is “nobody’s business.”
“I don’t have concern, in a sense, because these things happened many years ago – and there’s such bigger problems in front of us as a nation that we need to be dealing with than other things in his life a long time ago. I think some of these things – that’s for him and his wife to deal with,” Graham insisted.
“I don’t defend those kinds of relationships he had. But the country knew the kind of person he was back then, and they still made the decision to make him the president of the United States,” Graham said, forgetting that 3 million more chose not to make his President.
“I think when the country went after President Clinton, the Republicans, that was a great mistake that should never have happened.”
Because the Franklin Graham of 2018 sounds very different from the Franklin Graham of 1998.
“Private conduct does have public consequences,” Graham wrote in a 1998 Wall Street Journal op-ed titled, “Clinton’s Sins Aren’t Private.”
“Just look at how many have already been pulled under by the wake of the president’s sin: Mr. Clinton’s wife and daughter, Ms. Lewinsky, her parents, White House staff members, friends and supporters, public officials and an unwitting American public,” Graham wrote.
Does this seem familiar?
He continued, saying, “the God of the Bible says that what one does in private does matter. Mr. Clinton’s months-long extramarital sexual behavior in the Oval Office now concerns him and the rest of the world, not just his immediate family. If he will lie to or mislead his wife and daughter, those with whom he is most intimate, what will prevent him from doing the same to the American public?”
What will prevent him from doing the same to the American public? We already know the answer: nothing.
“A repentant spirit that says, ‘I’m sorry. I was wrong. I won’t do it again. I ask for your forgiveness,’ would go a long way toward personal and national healing,” Graham advises.
Americans should not hold their breath.
Graham even looks to the story of King David of the Bible, ironically saying that Nathan in that story “perhaps” was “God’s special prosecutor.”
It’s doubtful Graham would look upon Robert Mueller in that same light.
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Kellyanne Conway Predicts ‘Devastation’ From Coronavirus After Initially Calling It ‘Contained’
White House adviser Kellyanne Conway on Wednesday suggested that she was taking the novel coronavirus seriously after initially saying that it was “contained.”
In an interview on Fox News, Conway encouraged viewers to follow Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines on limiting public gatherings during the pandemic.
“These are unprecedented times with this virus,” she insisted. “And it calls for unprecedented action. But we also know about the resilience and the strength and the fortitude of the American people.”
“We can all do our best to mitigate the health consequences of this unprecedented virus,” Conway said. “But our government is working together and with the private sector to help mitigate the economic devastation as well.”
She added: “We just want Americans to know that we’re in this together, that we can all do our part to mitigate the damage as well… We want Americans to replace panic with over-preparedness… Nobody should be upset if they’re over-prepared or they overreact to this.”
But just days earlier, Conway had downplayed the virus.
“It is being contained,” Conway told a reporter earlier this month. “Do you not think it’s being contained?”
Watch the video below from Fox News.
Rubio Ridiculed for Blasting Warren’s Same-Sex Marriage Remarks While Appearing to Encourage ‘Fighting Back’
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) over the weekend blasted Senator Elizabeth Warren‘s (D-MA) viral remarks about those who oppose same-sex marriage. He also appeared to encourage “fighting back, even in a crude or vulgar way” by “Americans with traditional values.”
The Democratic Senator from Massachusetts who is enjoying months-long momentum that has currently placed her close to tied with frontrunner Joe Biden slammed Americans who oppose same-sex marriage during an HRC/CNN town hall last week.
Asked what she would say to someone who tells her, “Senator, I’m old-fashioned, and my faith teaches me that marriage is between one man and one woman,” Warren served up a one-two punch.
“I’m going to assume it’s a guy who said that,” Warren replied. “And I’m going to say, ‘Then just marry one woman.”
That was followed by her quip suggesting it would be challenging for that person to find someone who would want to marry him.
Senator Rubio concocted a tweet that framed the right of same-sex couples to marry as something only “elites” support, which is false. Studies find six out of 10 Americans support same-sex marriage, while just three out of 10 oppose it.
The Senator from Florida in 2016 literally used the massacre of 49 LGBTQ people and their allies, many of whom were also people of color, at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub as a reason to revoke his promise to not run for re-election.
Rubio reposted a clip of Warren’s remarks that frames them as “the best thing you’ll see today,” but offered a very different response.
“Vividly captures the condescension of elites & their incessant ridicule of Americans with traditional values. It elicits glee among celebrities & blue check brigade,” he claimed, speaking of those on Twitter whose accounts have been “verified.”
“But for the millions sick of being disrespected it elicits support for fighting back,” Sen. Rubio continued, “even in a crude or vulgar way.”
Rubio’s remarks were quickly panned.
Hate is not a traditional value. Neither is selling out western democracy to the highest bidder, which in Marco Rubio’s case is *checks notes* Vlad Putin and the m’fkn gun lobby. https://t.co/ue7mm2qWh0 #LoveWins #LetUsLive #MarchForOurLives #WeThePeopleMarch #MarcoRubio #NRA pic.twitter.com/0yVwd7cSKn
— ? Kim (@kim) October 13, 2019
Heaven help us if the small minority of Americans like Rubio who hate same-sex marriage but love the rapist president starts fighting back in a crude and vulgar way! https://t.co/Z5m86HaQAW
— Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) October 12, 2019
What traditional values would you say you are successfully promoting?
— CrimeBusterHat (@Popehat) October 13, 2019
Since I don’t have a blue check, Marco wants me to respond:
It’s hilarious hypocrisy that someone who mocked a presidential candidate on live TV for his micro-penis is now scolding other people about how unseemly it is to ridicule others.
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) October 13, 2019
Even when Republicans are the oppressors — and discriminating against the LGBTQ community is definitely oppressive — they still believe they are the victims. Their martyr complex is out of control. https://t.co/pkDYcWDiT6
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) October 12, 2019
Moron, she’s saying YOU can decide who YOU marry, but get the fuck out of other people’s bedrooms. Got it, you homophobic piece of shit?!! https://t.co/u4Vuh9QUkL
— Morgan J. Freeman (@mjfree) October 13, 2019
Sorry, Senator, if your “traditional values” are racist, misogynist, or homophobic, what you’re experiencing is not condescension, it’s repulsion.
And since when is sticking up for the oppressed an “elitist” act?
Finally: you yourself are a blue checked elite, by the way. https://t.co/LrCRh6Cpc7
— Ed Solomon (@ed_solomon) October 12, 2019
Just what “traditional values” are those, Marco? Those of the serial sex-abuser, rapist, racist, lying, traitorous, corrupt, criminal president? Or those that enable him, hypocritically spewing scripture while violating every commandment of every religion known to man?
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) October 12, 2019
Yeah, it really sucks when no one respects your bigotry. Cry me a river, Senator. https://t.co/eBVNRpMN1q
— Jennifer Mendelsohn ?? (@CleverTitleTK) October 12, 2019
You traditionalists support a crude & vulgar cheat who bags porn stars while his wife is pregnant, has 43 sexual assault charges against him, pals around with pedophiles, disparages disabled ppl & tortures children. It isn’t elitist to disrespect you hypocrites, it’s necessary. https://t.co/OhsmZxRAgu
— Nancy Lee Grahn (@NancyLeeGrahn) October 12, 2019
Also, you’ve got a lot of nerve clutching your pearls at Warren’s joke here when your entire party spends its time crapping on anyone who lives in a city or has a bachelor’s degree as overprivileged snobs who can’t even feed themselves.
— Matthew Chapman (@fawfulfan) October 12, 2019
Ridiculous ideas deserve ridicule, banning adults from loving other adults qualifies. You don’t have to be elite to understand that. https://t.co/PRckr5bN1M
— feminist next door (@emrazz) October 12, 2019
You still haven’t figured out that you and your party have permanently forfeited the right to smug piety, have you?
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) October 12, 2019
Fighting back against what?? My civil rights?? So you think you’re somehow better than me and that I shouldn’t be an equal citizen? My husband and I have been together for 20 years… your President cheated on all three of his wives. You can shove your “values” asshole. https://t.co/Yf2YxJn1ug
— Ari Solomon (@VeganAri) October 13, 2019
‘Chutzpah’: Liz Cheney Dragged for False Claim House Democrats ‘Enable Anti-Semitism’
U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), the powerful Chair of the House Republican Conference, is under fire once again, and once again it’s for her actions surrounding anti-Semitism.
Cheney is just the latest Republican to take Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib’s recent remarks out of context.
Tlaib’s remarks were, perhaps, not well expressed, but they were not anti-Semitic, as Jonathan Chait at New York Magazine expressed, in, “Republicans Call Tlaib Anti-Semitic for Saying Something Nice About Israel.”
Take a look for yourself – and read carefully:
There’s always kind of a calming feeling I tell folks when I think of the Holocaust, and the tragedy of the Holocaust, and the fact that it was my ancestors — Palestinians — who lost their land and some lost their lives, their livelihood, their human dignity, their existence in many ways, have been wiped out, and some people’s passports. And just all of it was in the name of trying to create a safe haven for Jews, post-the Holocaust, post-the tragedy and the horrific persecution of Jews across the world at that time. And I love the fact that it was my ancestors that provided that, right, in many ways. But they did it in a way that took their human dignity away and it was forced on them.
Republicans, like Cheney, are taking this out of context. Cheney, repeatedly:
Surely now @SpeakerPelosi? & ?@LeaderHoyer? will finally take action against vile anti-Semitism in their ranks. This must cross the line, even for them. Rashida Tlaib says thinking of the Holocaust provides her a “calming feeling” https://t.co/opUUNEol2d
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) May 12, 2019
Here’s @RepRashida direct quote, “There’s a calming feeling I always tell folks when I think of the Holocaust.” And her “history” of what happened after is a fantasy based on lies spread to delegitimize the state of Israel. https://t.co/5akpUSApIE
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) May 13, 2019
I am deeply sorry for our nation that the House Democratic leadership continues to enable the anti-Semitism in their ranks. https://t.co/MrcU5ekd2U
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) May 13, 2019
But Cheney is getting dragged for her hypocritical remarks, as Americans remind her how upset they were when she, herself, voted against a House resolution condemning anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and hate speech against minorities. And that her father is, they say, a war criminal.
Remember when you voted no on the resolution that would have condemned white supremacy and antisemitism? Because I do
— Brad Murdock (@keplerexpress) May 13, 2019
You owe @RashidaTlaib an apology. Shame on you and your shameless family.
— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) May 13, 2019
Hey, you’re the Cheney who’s Dad is a war criminal right? The same Liz Cheney who cast aside her gay sister to run for office because you believe in “traditional” marriage”? Yeah I absolutely want to hear your spin on this. https://t.co/zR85FZxvE3
— Drew Beach (@beach_man_do) May 13, 2019
Candace Owens: Hitler would have been ok if he kept it in Germany.
Rashida Tlaib: there’s a calming feeling when I think of the tragedy of the Holocaust and the sacrifices made by Palestinians to create a safe place for the Jews.
Liz Cheney: ANTI-SEMITISMMMMMMMM https://t.co/Ylp3O8ca2x
— Caity Didn’t (@PurlSweatshurt) May 13, 2019
variants: or less commonly chutzpa or hutzpah or hutzpa \ ?hu?t-?sp? , ??u?t-? , -?(?)spä \https://t.co/pIQluiBmP5
— Robert Stribley (@stribs) May 13, 2019
What @Liz_Cheney is doing in trying to portray @RepRashida as supporting the Holocaust is vile beyond measure. Liz, you’re a rancid lying goon, a blood-soaked banshee who will be remembered by history as the worst kind of evil. Just a foul, noxious obscenity of a human being. https://t.co/xMF0Zzpar4
— Respectable Lawyer (@RespectableLaw) May 13, 2019
I am deeply sorry your entire family has no moral code or ethics.
— supah mumsie (@supahmumsie) May 13, 2019
Coming from the party that had Steve King in power for 20 years plus … and never called him out on it till this year ?
— Chriss (@currcl) May 13, 2019
1) She is not anti-Semitic
2) You voted “no” on resolution condemning white supremacy
3) Trump administration cut funding to prevent white-nationalist terrorism
4) GOP welcomes white-nationalist @SteveKingIA
5) GOP: “Jew’s will not replace us” = very fine people
— Jenn Gray (@votejenngray) May 13, 2019
“very fine people on both sides”
— Ima Private Person (@ImaPrivate) May 13, 2019
The lady who threw her lesbian sister under the bus for a handful of votes is very concerned about moral leadership.
— “Food” Thoyd (@_space_plans) May 13, 2019
Your president called neo-nazis and white supremists very fine people. Please answer for that.
— Gritty had a Town Hall before Pat Toomey (@Toomey_TownHall) May 13, 2019
Fixed it for you pic.twitter.com/5EAiJUxF8w
— Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) May 13, 2019
Viktor Orban is currently in the White House. https://t.co/nKruRo1QkZ
— tired law student (@takeanapdotcom) May 13, 2019
Donald Trump just praised Viktor Orban a few hours ago in the White House.
Orban once said George Soros aimed to “provide the final blow to Christian culture” by turning “Hungary into an immigrant country.” https://t.co/foBk3WP4CF
— Waleed Shahid (@_waleedshahid) May 13, 2019
I’m the grandson of a holocaust survivor; you’re a congressional member from the US state with one of the smallest Jewish populations in the USA. So, since you’re not serving your constituency, and you’re not serving me, maybe stfu. https://t.co/BbYwXTpVIR
— Seth Bernard (@bernard_prof) May 13, 2019
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