The president’s take on religion is twisted to say the least. He pays the concept homage on a regular basis, such as when speaking to Christian audiences, while simultaneously conducting himself in a way that is in stark contrast to the way that you’d expect a devoutly religious person to act.
Even still, on Wednesday, after the death of prominent Christian evangelist Billy Graham, the president took to Twitter to offer thoughts about his passing.
Interestingly, in a move likely indicative of his desire to hang onto the support of Christian audiences, he pinned the tweet to the top of his profile early Wednesday.
‘The GREAT Billy Graham is dead. There was nobody like him! He will be missed by Christians and all religions. A very special man.’
To be clear, the way of life that Graham preached adherence to is drastically different from the way of life held to by Donald Trump. You don’t need to believe in the merits of Graham’s message to see that; the man who is now president commented at one point in recent years that he isn’t even sure he’s ever felt the need to ask God for forgiveness.
Asking God for forgiveness is literally the foundation of the deceased Graham’s message.
It’s not as though the president has never committed “sins.” He’s a serial adulterer who, if recent news reports are to be believed, carried on in even more ways than were previously widely known.
He also remains credibly accused of sexual misconduct by numerous women. Those allegations are bolstered by some of his own comments that were caught on tape years ago, at which time he bragged about his supposed freedom to commit sexual assault.
Even if his way of life does not at all seem to square up with the way of life preached by the deceased Graham, he has enjoyed very vocal and prominent support from the deceased evangelist’s son, Franklin.
Franklin, in his support of the president, exposes his belief system as apparently the freedom to do whatever you want no matter the consequences as long as you name drop the right concepts in your speech, and he’s always perturbed when you point this out. After all, in his world, his system of belief is the “godly” one and the rest of us are all just heathen misfits.
Franklin Graham is far from the only Christian leader to support Trump in spite of the endless indications that he’s anything but a model for morality. Among the others to do so is Jerry Falwell Jr. of Liberty University.
Besides Trump, former presidents also issued statements on the occasion of Billy Graham’s passing.
Jimmy Carter praised the deceased minister for being “broad-minded, forgiving, and humble in his treatment of others,” adding that he was honored to count him as an adviser and friend.
NEW: Former U.S. Pres. Jimmy Carter releases a statement on the passing of Rev. Billy Graham, calling him “broad-minded, forgiving, and humble in his treatment of others.” https://t.co/sxmw3RYoXA pic.twitter.com/D1uOvq1PPP
— ABC News (@ABC) February 21, 2018
Commenting along the same lines as the current president, George H.W. Bush commented that he believes the deceased minister “touched the hearts of not only Christians, but people of all faiths.”
MORE: Former Pres. George H. W. Bush issues a statement on the passing of Rev. Billy Graham: “I think Billy touched the hearts of not only Christians, but people of all faiths… we will miss our good friend forever.” https://t.co/sxmw3RYoXA pic.twitter.com/xkrUaaeRZi
— ABC News (@ABC) February 21, 2018
Trump’s comments about Graham came in the middle of his endless ranting about the Russia investigation, something not at all becoming for someone who’s as innocent as the president claims to be.
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