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Franklin Graham on 2012: Maybe Trump?
April 24th, 2011
03:45 PM ET

Franklin Graham on 2012: Maybe Trump?

By Gabriella Schwarz, CNN

Washington (CNN) – The Rev. Franklin Graham said he might support real estate mogul Donald Trump as his candidate of choice in the 2012 presidential election.

Graham, whose family has close ties to past presidents, said when Trump began interjecting himself in the conversation he thought it was a joke, but “the more you listen to him, the more you say to yourself, ‘You know, maybe the guy’s right.’”

When asked Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” if he would choose the “Celebrity Apprentice” star as his candidate, Graham said “Sure, yeah. Sure.”

And although he has traveled with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, he predicted she will not launch a bid for the White House.

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Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Politics • Sarah Palin

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    June 26, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  2. DM

    PRESIDENT OBAMA – THE IVORY COAST – LOCAL PRESS – IS STATING THAT – YOUR BOY OUATTARA IS SOFTENING – PUBLIC OPINION TO ASSASSINATE – HIS EXCELLENCY PRESIDENT LAURENT GBAGBO. AGAIN, THIS WILL BE ON YOUR HEAD. CALL HIM AND WARN HIM

    April 26, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  3. doctore0

    People, people; America has been under attack for the past.. 50-60 years; The country has BEEN taken down by bronze age dogma, imaginary messiah, some magic dude named YWHW.
    Here lies Americas problem... I don't think America can resolve it with out tearing itself apart; I am sure some small part will be turned into Je$u$land..
    If America does not act quick to stop the invasion... then there will be no more Americans in America; Just Je$u$Freaks in Je$u$land
    Fact

    April 26, 2011 at 11:04 am |
  4. Really

    Graham, whose family has close ties to past presidents, said when Trump began interjecting himself in the conversation he thought it was a joke, but “the more you listen to him, the more you say to yourself, ‘You know, maybe the guy’s right.’”

    Really?

    April 25, 2011 at 11:54 am |
  5. HeavenSent

    Scriptures are true again ...

    Isaiah 3:4 And I will give children [to be] their princes, and babes shall rule over them.

    Amen.

    April 25, 2011 at 10:30 am |
    • Madtown

      What exactly is that proof of?

      April 25, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
  6. Madtown

    "And although he has traveled with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, he predicted she will not launch a bid for the White House."
    ----------

    I believe Mr. Graham is correct here. IMO, $arah has absolutely no interest in running for President. She knows she can't win, it would be way too much work for her, and mostly importantly to her.....it just wouldn't pay her enough. She's only not announced her plans, because it keeps her in the spotlight, keeps the speculation alive, which(for some reason) keeps people interested in her, and allows her to cash large checks. She's all about the money, nothing more.

    April 25, 2011 at 10:20 am |
  7. dm

    OBAMA – YOU MIGHT AS WELL FORGET YOUR RE-ELECTION BID BECAUSE YOUR BOY SARKOZY AND OUATTARA ARE TURNING YOU OBAMA INTO AN ACCESSORY TO WAR CRIMES. I POSTED SOME PHOTOS EARLIER, WELL HERE ARE THE LATEST FROM THE GOLF HOTEL – OUATTARA HQ.

    http://cotedivoire-lavraie.over-blog.fr/article-l-ex-gouverneur-72465884.html

    THE MAN TORTURED IN THE PICUTRE IS MR. Dakoury Tabley. (THE EX-DIRECTOR OF THE Central Bank of West African States WHO WAS FORCED TO RESIGN 2-3 MONTHS AGO FROM PRESSURE EXERTED ON THE WEST AFRICAN STATES FROM FRANCE PRESIDENT SARKOZY PRIOR TO THE COUP. HIS ONLY CRIME NOT BEING MUSLIM AND WORKING with GBAGBO REPRESENTING THE IVORY COAST NOT AS POLITICAL FIGURE BUT AS A ADMINISTRATOR FOR THE COUNTRY. HE WAS NOT EVEN INVOLVE IN THE "CONTESTED ELECTION"

    EALIER PHOTOS


    http://ivorycoastgenocide.yolasite.com/
http://www.youtube.com/user/whitehouse#p/search/0/GHRA4jqeCaQ

    EVEN SENATOR INOFE TOLD YOU, YOU ARE IN THE WRONG.
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T57CSvZF6BM&w=640&h=360]

    OBAMA – WITHDRAW OUATTARA OR KILL YOUR POLITICAL CAREER AT YOUR OWN DOING

    April 25, 2011 at 3:30 am |
    • dm

      OBAMA – US SENATOR INHOFE WARNED YOU AGAINST OUATTARA. NOW YOU ARE ON TAPE CONGRATULATING A WAR CRIMINAL FOR A RIGGED ELECTION. HIS CRIMES ARE BEING RECORDED, THE PICTURES ARE THERE, THE VIDEOS ARE THERE AND THEY ARE MORE COMING BECAUSE HE AND HIS THUGS ARE DOING IT EVERYDAY.

      YOU BETTER GET YOURSELF SOME CONVICTION/BELIEFS AND STAND FOR SOMETHING. SHOW THAT YOU ARE NOT THERE "TRYING" TO IGNORE THIS BUT THAT YOU HAVE BELIEFS, FIRM BELIEFS, CHRISTIAN BELIEFS. HISTORY IS BEING MADE AND NOT JUST REPUBLICANS WILL HOLD THIS AGAINST YOU BUT MANY OTHERS.

      EXTRACT OUATTARA OR DON'T WASTE YOUR DONORS MONEY RUNNING A RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN BECAUSE THIS WILL BE YOUR DOWNFALL.

      April 25, 2011 at 3:41 am |
  8. dm

    Why is it THERE IS A GENOCIDE TAKING PLACE UNDER ANOTHER DEMOCRATIC WATCH!!!!!
    Obama is too busy making believe he is a christian while endorsing election frauds by the UN and Hillary ex…. the Ivory Coast in favor of Allasane Ouattara. Since then only 2-3 weeks ago, that candidate (Allssane Ouattara – another Muslim, not wrong with them, except for this one) has been on a killing spree to eradicate all Christians in that country. The Ivory Coast is the largest Christian nation in Africa (At least it use to be)
    The massacre perpetrated by Allassane Ouattara (http://ivorycoastgenocide.yolasite.com/) Images are graphic. The puppet that Obama try to legitimize through a congratulation speech. ((www.youtube.com/user/whitehouse#p/search/0/GHRA4jqeCaQ)

    Amazingly, it is a REPUBLICAN Senator, Inhofe of Oklahama, who has decided to bring this GRAVE injustice to light; unfortunately, he is in the minority and Obama thinks it is in the US best interest to hope it goes away. Believe me, it won’t. Too many lives have been destroyed, too many innocent have been killed; too many no longer believe in this so called International Community who are willing to kill democracy, and back the slaughter of thousands to promote their own selfish interests.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T57CSvZF6BM

    April 24, 2011 at 8:14 pm |
    • Alan

      Nice staying on topic knucklehead..... any chance to bash Obama.

      Well, what do you know; once again we have people killing each other along over god, goaded on by religious zealots.

      As a former French colony the Ivory Coast is in France's sphere of influence and they have been supporting Ouattara.... the US should stay out of these bronze age squabbles..... http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/11/world/africa/11ivory.html

      April 24, 2011 at 9:18 pm |
    • BG

      @ Alan

      dm cross-posted this, (probably in error?) as he also posted it in the Obama thread. So lighten up. Knucklehead's a bit harsh right out of the box, eh?

      ".. once again..." Yep. It's called humanity. Frail, imperfect, and insecure. Always has been, always will be.

      " As a former French colony..." The operative word there being 'former.' There's plenty of historical "responsibilities" to spread around former colonies. Would you like to saddle Italy with Libya? Nonsense. dm's point was well taken.

      Now get that Hershey bar out of your mouth.

      April 24, 2011 at 9:49 pm |
    • Alan

      @BG

      No, the knucklehead statement is confirmed!

      April 25, 2011 at 6:13 am |
    • dm

      @ALAN @BG – Obama was quick to congratulate Ouatara but Obama is VERY SLOW TO DENOUNCE HIM. My President does not have to be perfect but MY President needs to do the right thing. DENOUNCE OUATTARA SPECIALLY IN THE FACE OF ALL OF THE ATROCITIES THAT ARE GOING ON IN OUATTARA OWN HQ. THE GUY IS PROBABLY 2 DOORS DOWN GIVING EXECUTION ORDERS.

      April 25, 2011 at 8:03 am |
    • dm

      OBAMA DENOUNCE THESE ACTS. PLEASE !!!!!!!!!!

      http://cotedivoire-lavraie.over-blog.fr/article-l-ex-gouverneur-72465884.html

      THE MAN TORTURED IN THE PICUTRE IS MR. Dakoury Tabley. (THE EX-DIRECTOR OF THE Central Bank of West African States WHO WAS FORCED TO RESIGN 2-3 MONTHS AGO FROM PRESSURE EXERTED ON THE WEST AFRICAN STATES FROM FRANCE PRESIDENT SARKOZY PRIOR TO THE COUP. HIS ONLY CRIME NOT BEING MUSLIM AND WORKING with GBAGBO REPRESENTING THE IVORY COAST NOT AS POLITICAL FIGURE BUT AS A ADMINISTRATOR FOR THE COUNTRY. HE WAS NOT EVEN INVOLVE IN THE "CONTESTED ELECTION"

      April 25, 2011 at 8:04 am |
    • The Bobinator

      All caps results in people ignoring your post. Which I have done.

      Congrats.

      April 25, 2011 at 8:28 am |
    • BG

      @ Alan

      Partially. We should award bonus points for commitment though. Obama appears to be backing a Muslim who rigged the election there.

      Very bad.

      April 25, 2011 at 9:02 am |
    • BG

      @ dm

      Please don't use all caps. It's considered poor blog etiquette, even if you're being emphatic in your concerns. Your messages can be communicated sufficiently without the caps. Thanks.

      April 25, 2011 at 9:04 am |
    • DM

      @ Alan, @ BG, – Nice try to distract. Your boy OBAMA has yet to denounce to the atrocities that are STILL being perpetrated by the same man HE CONGRATULATED on video 3 weeks ago.

      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCOZitKecSA&w=640&h=360]

      April 25, 2011 at 11:38 am |
    • DM

      Blog apologies – Here is the speech of your man OBAMA endorsing the IVORY COAST rigged elections. He has yet to denounce Ouattara while there is ample proof of the ongoing massacre/Genocide that is happening in the Ivory Coast.

      http://www.youtube.com/user/whitehouse#p/search/0/GHRA4jqeCaQ

      Anyone not addressing why OBAMA has yet to denounce OUATTARRA AND HIS ATROCITIES is PART OF THE PROBLEM.

      April 25, 2011 at 11:44 am |
    • BG

      @ DM

      Deflect? I was acknowledging your concern.. matter of fact, I did several times. I know you're upset by this, but try to see through your anger.

      April 25, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
    • DM

      @BG – Try to see through my anger and do what. Just let it happen without speaking up. Obama is being setup. You know when The 700 Club with Pat Robertson speaks on it, then the Republicans are waiting for the opportune time to not only use this against Obama but accuse him of being complicit in these atrocities. And lets forget about his political career for a second, is he now just another stooge, his rhetoric is not to be believe. Is he the President with no power. He should then resign. If he is not willing to stand for Justice, then he is not worthy of the Office. Or maybe he is like Ouattara at the mercy of Sarkozy except that we do not have a name who is strong arming Obama.
      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UImDjlX3Vk&w=640&h=360]

      April 25, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  9. Shawn

    Why is this swindling, delusional fraud even expressing an opinion in public?........Isn't it illegal for preachers to endorse political candidates?

    This wealthy huckster runs a tax free business based on fear and intimidation then gets to support candidates that enable his swindles.

    TAX THE CHURCHES!!!

    April 24, 2011 at 7:35 pm |
  10. Reality

    Money and religion:

    Glen Beck, $32 million in 2010, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/08/glenn-beck-earned-32-mill_n_529903.html

    and from guidestar.org

    Rev. Franklin Graham $800,000+/yr.

    Rev. Billy Graham, $400,000/yr

    Rabbi Bradley Hirschfield $331,708/yr

    Rev. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, $200,000/yr

    Erica Brown $134,221/yr

    Eboo Patel $120,000/yr.(and his $2.5 million "non-profit" portfolio where capitial gains and dividends are tax free)

    Dr. Herb Silverman $100,000/yr. ?

    Imam Rauf and his wife Daisy, $400,000/yr/ea estimated

    April 24, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
  11. ZeebleZub

    Graham the liar should be arrested and charged with fraud.
    And adultery. The look on his face says it all. They've had se-x I think.

    April 24, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
    • Adelina

      This kind of guys are the reasons the world thinks all Americans should go to jail.

      April 24, 2011 at 9:26 pm |
  12. Jake52

    The evangelists have lost any credibility they may have once had. . Franklin should have learned from his father – stay out of politics. He just looks like another hack.

    April 24, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
    • Syl Wilkins

      I certainly agree with you. Reverend Billy Graham was and is a respected man of God. Its sad that Franklin has stooped so low as to get involved with petty politics. It does not hing but lose him respect. I know I have lost all respect for him. This son is not like his Father. So sad

      April 24, 2011 at 9:07 pm |
    • Adelina

      It's the nation of USA that is losing credibility because of her immorality. Non-believers want Christians to stay out of American politics so that they can create the United States of Sodom.

      April 24, 2011 at 9:24 pm |
    • The Bobinator

      > It's the nation of USA that is losing credibility because of her immorality. Non-believers want Christians to stay out of American politics so that they can create the United States of Sodom.

      And it's up to you to prevent people from expressing themselves the way they want. Of course, what's informing your decisions is the blind faith you put into a flawed book. Reality and thought don't enter into your decision making process. What you're told and want to believe are all you consider.

      It's people like you who are holding back the advancement of the human race.

      April 25, 2011 at 8:25 am |
  13. David Johnson

    Rev. Graham is an Evangelical idiot, but I like his thought on this. If Trump wins the Republican nomination, I think he will be easier for Obama to beat than Romney. Trump invents facts a lot. Obama will destroy him.

    So, Graham will endorse Trump and the unthinking sheep will vote as they are directed. Pathetic.

    Cheers!

    April 24, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
    • BG

      @ David

      Religion aside, the GOP will endorse whoever is leading in the polls. If it's Trump, the debate will begin and end with the issue of a legal birth certificate.

      Unless Trump steps on a rake (which is altogether possible) it'll be game, set, and match. You'd better start voting in some more Democratic Representatives.

      April 24, 2011 at 7:51 pm |
    • The Bobinator

      Generally speaking, I don't think Trump will do any worse then any other politician. You have to remember that when it comes to running the country, pretty much everyone that walks into the role is new and inexperienced. The only thing I'd say that is going for trump is that he's not been in government in any meaningful way and would come into the role with a "private sector" type mentality.

      That actually might be good for a change.

      April 25, 2011 at 8:23 am |
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