Less than 48 hours after Donald Trump announced the “perfectly executed” airstrikes on Syria, faith leader Rev. Franklin Graham appeared on Fox & Friends to voice his support for the president and preach the importance of prayer towards the success of the nation.
He explained early Sunday:
“I appreciate that we have a president that understands prayer and solicits prayer. Our country is in trouble, and the world is in trouble. The perplexity of the problems that the president faces every day is just incredible. And he asks us to pray [for him and the country].”
Graham is referring to Trump’s Friday night speech, in which he called upon the nation to pray for the bombing of Syria to go his way. “Tonight I ask all Americans to say a prayer for our noble warriors as they carry out their missions,” said Trump. “We pray that God will guide the whole region.”
Rev. Graham continued, illustrating that God wants the nation to pray for Trump because Trump knows what is best for America and for the people of Syria:
“We should be praying for him. We pray for the president. And the Bible tells us [that] God wants us to pray for the president and all those who are in leadership. And the president, in turn, asked us to pray for our soldiers and those that are leading this charge, and for the Syrian people.”
“I just appreciate that we have a man in office that understands the need for prayer.”
— Fox News (@FoxNews) April 15, 2018
The U.S. military joined forces with British and French units to deploy 105 missiles against three chemical weapons facilities in Damascus and Homs. Assad continues to kill Syrian civilians, having conducted 28 airstrikes near Homs and Hama on Sunday.
The Fox & Friends clip, shared in a tweet by Fox News on Sunday, features Rev. Graham calling for bipartisanship in the name of the Lord:
“Whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican, the fact is that Donald Trump is the president of the United States. And if he does well, makes good decisions, it benefits all of us as a nation, regardless of our background … We need him to succeed at home, and we need him to succeed abroad. It’s not about winning or losing, it’s about succeeding for all Americans.”
He also stresses Trump’s close relationship to God.
“The president has not been ashamed of the name of Jesus Christ. He hasn’t been ashamed of his faith. And that’s refreshing. And he doesn’t mind pastors like myself mentioning the name of Jesus Christ … He is a man who does want God’s help. And he wants God’s help not only in the presidency, but as he deals with all of the world problems and problems here at home. He wants God’s help. And we need to get behind him and support that.”
Graham’s words raised many eyebrows and counterpoints on Twitter. Mainly, the laughable comparison to Jesus Christ.
Ron Klain, who served as Chief of Staff under former Vice Presidents Al Gore and Joe Biden, recalled when Trump called President Obama “stupid” for evacuating one of Graham’s evangelical buddies from West Africa.
Tweeters brought up Trump’s multiple sexual assault allegations, as well as the fact that he’s cheated on all of his wives many times— a behavior God has historically not condoned.
Graham’s hypocrisy did not go unnoticed.
While Graham was making a modern-day Jesus Christ of real-estate developer and reality TV star Donald Trump, Trump was rage-tweeting about James Comey.
Lest we forget, Franklin Graham is no paradigm of Christian charity himself. He has called trans individuals “weirdos that want to force themselves into girls’ locker rooms and to women’s bathrooms,” has said Russian President Vladimir Putin is “right” in violently attacking LGBT people because of the “damaging effects of any gay and lesbian agenda” and thinks black people are getting shot by cops because they don’t “listen up” and “obey” police officers.