Rev. Franklin Graham is defending President Donald Trump against the latest “vicious” and “sickening” attacks he received from the mainstream media during the government shutdown this Christmas over the United States-Mexico border wall.
“Well, it’s the day after Christmas, and I’m tired. How about you?” Graham posted on Facebook, according to WND. “Don’t get me wrong – I enjoy seeing family and friends and hearing from people I haven’t heard from in a long time, but I’m tired, and it’s not just the season.”
Stop the blame game on Trump
The son of the late iconic evangelist Billy Graham then gave the reason for his fatigue this Christmas.
“I’m tired of all the fighting in Washington,” the younger Graham continued in his post. “You can’t turn on the news or read the headlines online without being overwhelmed by all of the political squabbling – to put it mildly. The news media are so vicious and relentless in their fault finding and their attacks on the president. It’s just sickening.”
The president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) and Samaritans’ Purse went on to indicate how Democrats and other liberals have detrimentally attacked the president instead of working to improve America.
“We have the potential for so much good and so much progress for our nation, but Washington is squandering it away over political agendas,” the world-renowned evangelist expressed. “I’m thankful that I have put my faith and trust in God, who never grows weary and is never shut down, no matter what the problems are.”
The latest attacks on Trump revolve around his resolution to not give up until Democrats give him the money he has requested to build a continuous 2,000-mile wall along the United States-Mexico border to save the economy and for Americans’ safety.
“Washington is embroiled right now in a shutdown of some government operations, after Democrats refused to negotiate over border security and components of the president’s plan, such as a wall or barrier,” WND recounted. “President Trump declined to move forward on some of those budget bills that he has explained failed to adequately address border security, and access to the United States the situation provides to illegal aliens, illegal drugs and even terrorists.”
Opposition and support
All of the turmoil in Washington is going down as Democrats embrace the attitude of Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who promised colleagues on the Senate floor that those in his party will never work to support Trump’s proposed plans to secure America’s southern border.
Graham’s defense of Trump was quickly supported by hundreds of other Christians and conservatives.
“I so agree with you Rev Graham!” Viv Bennett Cohan posted in a response, according to WND.
Another Trump supporter echoed Graham’s blaming the media for escalating opposition against the president.
“Indeed – What will the conclusion be is the question?” Paula Gervais asked, regarding the media’s attacks on Trump. “There are many diabolical people in DC.”
Attacks on Trump have been prevalent since he hit the campaign trail a few years ago.
“The mainstream media have been in a literal war of words with President Trump since before his election,” WND noted. “Reporters regularly berate and criticize him in their reports – a conflict that came to a head when CNN’s Jim Acosta belligerently challenged the president’s own statements about illegal aliens, and had his White House press pass suspended temporarily. Acosta’s attack on the president prompted the White House to establish rules for behavior for reporters so that there is not another recurrence of Acosta’s actions.”
In fact, just a 10th of all coverage on the president is set against him.
“Various assessments have documented that some 90 percent of mainstream media reports about President Trump are attacks or are negative,” WND asserted.
Another defense of Trump
Last month, Graham stood by Trump because of his defense of the Christian faith.
"Now people say, 'Well Frank but how can you defend him, when he's lived such a sordid life?'” Graham told Axios on HBO in November.
Graham was referencing topics such as allegations about the president’s sexual misconduct, which Trump has repeatedly denied.
But Graham insisted that even though Trump is not a moral icon for believers, he noted that he has continually defended Christians’ faith while in office.
"I never said he was the best example of the Christian faith,” Graham continued. “He defends the faith, and I appreciate that very much."
From the time Trump set foot in the Oval Office, Graham has stood behind him.
“Graham has been a vocal supporter of the president throughout his time in office,” The Hill reported in November. “He went on a 10-rally tour in California this summer and encouraged Christians to vote in an effort to combat progressive policy in the state.”
The preacher from North Carolina is confident that Trump’s faith has produced major changes in his life.
“[Graham] said in January that he believed Trump was a ‘changed person’ since assuming office,” The Hill’s Justin Wise informed.