Christian Leaders React to Trump Video Scandal
Donald Trump’s newest scandal is causing some top Republicans to withdraw endorsements and call for him to step down as the party’s presidential nominee. The Republican National Committee appears to be stopping some of its election efforts on behalf of Trump, and both Trump’s wife and running mate have criticized comments made a decade ago by Trump about how he tried to have sex with a married woman, and how his fame allowed him to do largely whatever he wanted with and to women.
Others are noting that liberal and Democratic critics of Trump may not have a moral or legal leg to stand on:
No public figure was more disrespectful of women than Bill Clinton. In fact he raped women. Dems and left said no big deal, it was about sex
— David A. Clarke, Jr. (@SheriffClarke) October 8, 2016
So what are Christian leaders – many of whom backed Trump enthusiastically while others more grudgingly – saying? Below are more than a dozen statements, with credit to Sarah Bailey at The Washington Post for collating many of the Tweets, as well as other statements.
Ralph Reed, a conservative Christian activist and the head of Trump’s religious advisory board, said that as the father of two daughters, he was disappointed by the “inappropriate” comments.
“But people of faith are voting on issues like who will protect unborn life, defend religious freedom, grow the economy, appoint conservative judges and oppose the Iran nuclear deal,” he said in an email.
He contrasted Trump with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, saying that her “corrupt use of her office to raise funds from foreign governments and corporations and her reckless and irresponsible handling of classified material on her home-brewed email server, endangering US national security, that will drive the evangelical vote.”
“I think a 10-year-old tape of a private conversation with a TV talk show host ranks pretty low on their hierarchy of their concerns,” he said.
The crude comments made by Donald J. Trump more than 11 years ago cannot be defended. But the godless progressive agenda of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton likewise cannot be defended. I am not endorsing any candidates in this election. I have said it throughout this presidential campaign, and I will say it again — both candidates are flawed. The only hope for the United States is God. Our nation’s many sins have permeated our society, leading us to where we are today. But as Christians we can’t back down from our responsibility to remain engaged in the politics of our nation. On November 8th we will all have a choice to make. The two candidates have very different visions for the future of America. The most important issue of this election is the Supreme Court. That impacts everything. There’s no question, Trump and Clinton scandals might be news for the moment, but who they appoint to the Supreme Court will remake the fabric of our society for our children and our grandchildren, for generations to come.
“As a husband and father of three daughters, I find this behavior deeply offensive and degrading. As I have made clear, my support for Donald Trump in the general election was never based upon shared values rather it was built upon shared concerns. These concerns include the damage the Supreme Court would continue to do to this country through the appointment of activist justices, concerns over the security of our nation because of our government’s refusal to confront the growing threat of Islamic terrorism, and concerns over the prospects of continued attacks by our own government upon religious freedom.”
“At this point in the political process, because of our lack of engagement and involvement as Christians, not just in this election but in the government and culture as a whole, we are left with a choice of voting for the one who will do the least damage to our freedoms.”
“This is far from an ideal situation, but it is the reality in which we find ourselves and as difficult as it is, I refuse to find sanctuary on the sidelines and allow the country and culture to deteriorate even further by continuing the policies of the last 8 years,” concluded Perkins.
.@robertjeffress weighs in on the #TrumpTape controversy.
Tune in Sunday at 9p ET for the 2nd #Debate between Trump & Clinton on #FoxNews! pic.twitter.com/ByZ5BeicGm
— Fox News (@FoxNews) October 8, 2016
Absolutely correct. Can there be any question? Not from where I stand. Ugly stuff. God bless you. https://t.co/SCBHZ0ie22
— Eric Metaxas (@ericmetaxas) October 7, 2016
Trump's "hot mic" comments are wrong & inappropriate. Plain and simple. Waiting for the Hillary "hot mic" moment from media. Still waiting.
— David Brody (@TheBrodyFile) October 7, 2016
Evangelical leader @GaryLBauer on #trumptapes :"grossly inappropriate language doesn't change the reality of the choice facing this country"
— David Brody (@TheBrodyFile) October 8, 2016
What a disgrace. What a scandal to the gospel of Jesus Christ and to the integrity of our witness.
— Russell Moore (@drmoore) October 8, 2016
Maybe, just maybe, securing your "religious freedom" isn't worth compromising your religion?
— James K.A. Smith (@james_ka_smith) October 1, 2016
He said Clinton has peccadilloes of her own, most notably marital woes with her husband, former President Bill Clinton.
“So yes, I will vote for Donald Trump. I’m not excusing his behavior at all. It’s disgusting,” he said.
I am humiliated by arguments about character I am hearing tonight from some evangelicals. Lord, help us.
— Albert Mohler (@albertmohler) October 8, 2016