President Donald Trump is facing possible impeachment by the U.S. House of Representatives, and one high-profile Religious Right leader is eager to rally support for the underfire president.
Franklin Graham, son of the late evangelist Billy Graham, is continuing a tour he launched in 2016 that he calls "Decision America." While Graham insists the tour is not political, the Associated Press noted that during an interview, he dismissed the charges against Trump.
Democrats have asserted that Trump violated the law by pressuring government officials in Ukraine to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden, who was leading the polls for the Democratic nomination at the time. Trump has admitted he asked Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Biden and his son Hunter, and even released a transcript of a phone call with Zelensky applying such pressure--but still insists he did nothing wrong.
Graham echoed Trump's defense, calling the controversy "a lot over nothing."
Graham told the AP, "It's going to destroy this country if we let this continue." He urged Americans to "come together as a nation and focus on the problems" the country faces. He called Hunter Biden "suspect" and added, "So it's probably worth looking into to see what Vice President Biden [did] at the time, what kind of promises he made to help his son with the Ukrainians."
Democratic leaders and many in the media have concluded that the Bidens did nothing wrong in Ukraine, and have asserted that Trump is trying to deflect attention from his own behavior by focusing on them.
The North Carolina evangelist has been a consistent ally of Trump's and has repeatedly excused Trump's behavior, his Twitter meltdowns and his use of crude language to attack political opponents.
Graham told the AP he's not worried about being used by Trump for political gain.
"One thing I appreciate about President Trump, he's not a politician," Graham said. "And that's why he gets in trouble all the time."
The AP interviewed several people who attended Graham's crusade in Greenville, N.C., and found that many of...