The granddaughter of legendary evangelist Billy Graham has “unapologetically” come out in support of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, and is publicly urging Christians not to “sit out” this election cycle.
Cissie Graham Lynch, daughter of Franklin Graham, appeared on “Fox & Friends” this week to discuss her endorsement, carefully noting that her comments were not meant to be representative of her grandfather or the Graham family at large.
“To me, Christians have to vote. Christians right now want to say they can’t vote for either candidate,” she said, according to The Christian Post. “We can’t afford to sit out.”
At the center of Lynch’s reasoning for supporting Trump is the U.S. Supreme Court, which could see a number of potential appointees added to its chambers during the next president’s time in office.
“This comes down to the Supreme Court and who’s going to protect my right as a Christian and religious freedom,” she said. “I’m coming as a mom who’s concerned for the next generation. This isn’t just an election for four to eight years. This is generational when it comes to the Supreme Court.”
Lynch went on to say she believes Christians are being persecuted and that she wants to see a president elected who will support and protect religious individuals and faith-based institutions. Despite qualms that some might have with Trump, Lynch said the candidate has surrounded himself with the right people.
“I look at who Trump has surrounded himself with — he has surrounded himself with godly men,” Lynch said, citing Dr. Ben Carson and running mate Mike Pence. “I think Trump and Pence together will fight on behalf of (Christians).”
When she was asked about Trump’s now infamous hot mic moment during which he made offensive comments about women — a revelation that sent shockwaves through the campaign — Lynch said she doesn’t know one Christian who excuses it.
“It was vulgar and nasty. He has apologized for it. I have accepted his apology,” she said, “This comes down, as a Christian, we have to get out and vote.”
Lynch’s comments about Trump followed a blog post she wrote on Oct. 13 titled, “Unapologetically Voting for Trump,” in which she called both candidates “terribly flawed,” but explained why she plans to choose Trump on Nov. 8.
“I have read articles and heard my Christian brothers and sisters say that they cannot vote for either candidate. They argue that it isn’t biblical to vote for the lesser of two evils,” she wrote. “Yet, as Christians we cannot afford to sit it out. This could be our defining moment; the most important election we ever vote in.”
Lynch continued, “As a Christian woman, I will vote for Donald Trump, and do not have a problem doing so.”
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