By Rondell Pettus
Former actor-turned Evangelical preacher Kirk Cameron has come to the defense of scandal-ridden President Donald Trump.
Trump has lived a debauched life and is currently embroiled in a scandal involving Stormy Daniels, a porn star who he paid to keep silent. It was recently revealed that Trump had a sexual relationship with Daniels, just after his current wife Melania, a former nude model, had given birth to son Barron.
However, Trump still retains more than 80 percent support from Evangelicals. Cameron recently defended Trump in an interview with Charisma magazine.
“Trump is similar to biblical figures like David and Paul,” said Cameron. “They sinned but God forgave them and they did great things for Christians. I’m sure God has looked into Trump’s heart and forgiven him and he will do great things for the faith community.”
Pastor Franklin Graham also came to Trump’s defense. Graham, the son of Billy Graham, said he doubted Daniels’ story and he also dismissed Trump’s use of racist comments about African countries and Haiti.
“He said he didn’t say it,” said Graham in an interview with MSNBC’s Alex Witt. “I don’t think any of those senators, if he did use that language, have heard that word for the first time. I’m sure that’s a word they’ve used before, I think there’s a little hypocrisy here.”
However, Rev. Dr. William Barber blasted Graham and other Christians who continue to side with Trump. In an interview with MSNBC’s Joy Reid, he accused Evangelicals who still support Trump and his policies of being “heretics” who were motivated by money.
“What we see here is a mass coverup by so-called white evangelicalism that’s more about, as I’ve said before, cash than Christ,” he said. “It’s heavily funded, you see Franklin Graham saying we have a sin problem. We see 365 days of attacks on voting rights, that’s sin, attacks on Muslims, that’s sin, attacks on the LGBT community, that’s sin, attacks on health care, attacks on living wages, giving the greedy and the wealthy tax breaks on the backs of the poor and the working poor. Wherever you look in the scripture, that’s sin. Anyone who attempts to justify that is engaging in a modern day form of heresy.”