According to a recent report from The Washington Post citing The Fact Checker’s Database which is in charge of analyzing every statement ever made by the President, Donald Trump has lied over 8,000 times since taking office two years ago. Prominent supporter and evangelical royalty Franklin Graham can come up with an excuse for every one of them.
In an interview with MSNBC’s Craig Melvin, Graham was pressed on the issue and after refusing to acknowledge them as lies, said that Trump is just like “all of us” and misspeaks occasionally. Melvin pressed further, “You and I both know that this president has said things, over and over, that aren’t true…” but Graham was insistent on his defense of Trump:
“No, I don’t know that… I don’t sit around and try to find every fault in the president every day, looking for everything that he might have misspoken or mis-said. I don’t do that.”
Melvin kept trying to get SOME acknowledgment from the frequent Trump defender but Graham continued to defend the lies, even denying them outright.
“I don’t think the president is sitting there behind the desk trying to make up lies. I don’t believe that for a second. Has he misspoken on something? Sure. All of us do that. You do it and I do it. And sometimes we get the facts wrong and we say something that later on we realize, we could’ve said it better or it was misrepresented.”Franklin Graham
Graham is the son of late evangelist Billy Graham and has been a staunch public supporter of Trump throughout is campaign and eventual presidency, carrying with him the weight of support from the nation’s evangelical community. Graham is also the president of the evangelical organization The Samaritan’s Purse and of The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.