Franklin Graham (Credit: Fox News)

WATCH: Reverend Franklin Graham tells Fox News "I have no faith in the GOP -- the only hope for this country is God"

Has Trump spoiled that cozy relationship between the evangelicals and the GOP? It appears he has


Scott Eric Kaufman
June 22, 2016 4:55PM (UTC)

Greta Van Susteren welcomed three evangelical leaders onto On the Record Tuesday in order to convince conservatives that Donald Trump was a candidate they could rely on -- but apparently no one informed the Reverend Franklin Graham that he was supposed to follow the party line.

Ralph Reed, the chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, and Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr. both stated that after meeting with Donald Trump, they were convinced he would appoint pro-life justices to the Supreme Court and generally defend their values.

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"I was honored to introduce him and I tried to point out to the crowd that we have such a simple choice this election," Falwell said. "We can vote for somebody who has promised to support and defend the values that are important to conservatives and Christians and to appoint the right nominees to the Supreme Court, or we can vote for a candidate who has promised she will not do either of the above, she will do just the opposite."

Reverend Graham agreed that he'd "addressed most of our concerns," but said that he still didn't feel comfortable endorsing any candidate in this election.

Van Susteren asked him about the prayer rallies he's been hosting at state capitals. "They're enthusiastic about coming about to pray, but do you get the sense they're enthusiastic about the election? Are they going to come out to vote?"

Graham assured her that they're going to come out to vote, noting that his prayer rallies take place at noon on working days, "not a weekend when they can take a day off."

"They sense that the only hope for our nation is God," he continued. "I tell them I have no faith in the Republican Party, I have no faith in the Democratic Party -- my only hope for this country is God."

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Watch the entire interview below via Fox News.


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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