The Rev. Franklin Graham was an ardent supporter of former President Trump; however, on 1/23/2023 delivered some bad news to the former President.
Graham said he will not throw political support behind the former President during the GOP primary.
“I’m going to stay out of it until after the primaries have finished,” Graham he told the press before he gave the closing prayer at the March for Life rally on Friday in Washington, D.C.
The news was shocking because Graham was such a big proponent of the former President in 2020.
Graham’s decision not to endorse during the primary was “an easy decision.”
“I’m just not going to get involved in supporting this one over that one. Let’s just let the people decide. And when the dust is settled, I’ll make a decision on that point,” he added.
What’s shocking about Graham’s lack of support was that after the 2020 election, he supported Trump concerns about what occurred on election day.
“I think [the evangelical vote] is always up for grabs. I don’t think any politician should take it for granted,” Graham said.
During a podcast in mid-Janauary Trump said, “There’s great disloyalty in the world of politics and that’s a sign of disloyalty. Because nobody has ever done more for [the] right to life.”
“It’s going to make these next few months uncomfortable for evangelical leaders because they’re going to have to, in essence, answer that question: Are you for Trump or are you not?” said David Brody, from the Christian Broadcasting Network, who conducted the interview with Trump.
Jerry Falwell Jr., former president of Liberty University was Trump’s biggest evangelical supporter.
In 2020, Falwell was forced to step down from his position and was barred from the University after a couple of sexual scandals rocked his family. Some of those revelations were learned after Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, who was under investigation leaked that Falwell’s wife was having an affair to the press.