TRENDING: Rev. Graham on 2012: Maybe Trump?
April 24th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
7 years ago

TRENDING: Rev. Graham on 2012: Maybe Trump?

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.

“I don’t think Sarah is going to… I think she likes speaking on the issues,” Graham said. “I don’t see her running for president.”

Would he support her if she did run?

“It depends on who the other candidates are,” Graham said.

Graham, who is president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse, said President Obama could silence the birther movement by producing his birth certificate.

“I don’t know why he can’t produce that,” Graham said. “It’s an issue that looks like he could, he could answer pretty quickly.”

In 2008, the Obama campaign released a copy of the certificate. News organizations and the Annenberg Fact Check Project saw the raised seal and signature. The state of Hawaii has certified he was born there.

When asked about the debate over the president’s religion, Graham said Obama has told him he’s a Christian.

“But the debate comes, what is a Christian? For him, going to church means he’s a Christian,” Graham said. “A membership doesn’t make you a Christian … God is the only one who knows his heart.”

Filed under: 2012 • Donald Trump • Sarah Palin
soundoff (124 Responses)
  1. Soren

    They are both nuts!

    April 24, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    This just gets better and better......if life comes to imitate art, we shall get what we deserve. Otherwise, is there a case for saying the Republican Party has lost its marbles??

    April 24, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  3. Chris

    What has this country come to? Really – WTF has this country come to? When a reality tv celebrity with no political background, and is the epitome of the word "egotist" – is considered a viable candidate to be president? And since he's been playing up to all the Birther conspiracy nonsense, he's turned into an outright nutjob.

    April 24, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  4. Willing to admit pro Obama - from Canada

    WOW. A far different person from his father. First Palin. Now Trump. Obviously the Graham legacy does not live on!

    April 24, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  5. Who

    Trump Mr Graham, is not a religious person he is all about money. This dude is not serious enough to be the president of the united states. He only doing this so he can gan more ratings for his stupid show. Watch he will not run for president, he knows it, he is just playing america as the fools they are..

    April 24, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  6. Name

    But telling a lie about a birth certificate Graham KNOWS Obama released 3 years ago constitutes as a good Christian soldier??

    April 24, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  7. Notta Fascist

    Franklin Graham is still furious with President Obama over the 2009 inauguration when Rick Warren was chosen to give the invocation over Franklin Graham. Sarah Palin is still furious with President Obama over the 2009 inauguration because she wanted to be up on the podium being sworn in as VP. These two "Christians" - Franklin Graham and Sarah Palin - are nothing but angry, petty, self-righteous zealots.

    April 24, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  8. Thankfully Independent

    This guy has no better insight as to leadership qualities than the average American voter does. So his celebrity endorsement should have little to no infuence.

    April 24, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  9. BKGirl

    A bad toupee and being a slave to money doesn't make you a Christian either, Mr Graham!

    April 24, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  10. Texrat the Crypticum Keeper

    Poor Billy Graham, to have such a nut for a son...

    April 24, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  11. ThinkAgain

    So Franklin Graham is not only a birther, he thinks President Obama is a Muslim.

    The only conclusion I can come to about Graham is that he's an idiot – and another typical hypocritical Republican "Christian" who thinks that the end (defeating President Obama in 2012, regardless of the harm it does to our country and her people) justifies the means (endorsing liars and cheats like Palin and Trump).

    God DOES know people's hearts – and yours, Mr. Graham, is corrupt and utterly lacking in an understanding of Christ's teachings.

    April 24, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  12. Ralph in Orange Park, FL

    Frankly, they deserve each other.

    April 24, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  13. every1knows

    As I try to relax and enjoy Easter, this nut job "man of god" comes up with this endorsement. The religious far right and the Republican party have just completely lost their minds! Happy Easter to all the rest of you!

    April 24, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  14. neverarepublican

    Perhaps Graham's years of rebellion, drugs and women have clogged his brain. He obviously is not following his dad, who has garnered respect from around the world. This is what happens when you mix religion and politics, and those who do are living against the bible. To quote: Give to Caesar the things that are Caesers. And unto God, the things that are Gods. I just hate it when these bible thumpers change or eliminate the bible to fit their needs. Praise the Lord, and pass the ammunition. They are at it again!!!!1

    April 24, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  15. vic , nashville ,tn

    Just now I was watching his interview with christiane Amanpour

    I respect Billy Graham service but he is living in different planet

    April 24, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  16. GI Joe

    The eye of that needle is still small – whether it's for Graham, Trump, or Koch Sucker Palin.

    April 24, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  17. Diana

    Mr. Graham,
    Your dad is one of the most highly respected Christians in the country.
    Please, do not be seen with Palin. She is a dishonest person. She called herself a Rogue in her book. Crook is a word that means the same.
    Please, do not side with any politically ambitious name. Your dad did not. The nation holds the name of Graham in the highest esteem.

    April 24, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  18. johnny popper

    I am voting for him at this point.

    On the birther issue, to me, if someone has lived here ten years, he should be able to run for President. It's an outdated rule I believe. What troubles me about Barrack Hussein Obama is his spending a million plus I hear on legal fess to bar the public from seeing much of his personal records, birth related documents, college transcripts (what's the exposure here?) and other documnets. Why? Who cares if he studied Muslim history or whatever in college. His reluctance is the issue, not the actual documents so I am with Trump on his curiosity as to why? These are routine records.

    April 24, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  19. GI Joe

    Listened to the line-up on Crawley for Sunday and it couldn't be more republican if it was the RNC. What's with the two-faced fat woman these days?

    April 24, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  20. Dan

    Trump announced publicly on Rush Limbaugh's lukemia foundaiton program last week that he would donate 100,000 dollars. This attempt to curry favor from Rush's audience, and by proxy conservative Christians, was in direct contrast to what Matthew said:
    Matthew 6:1-4.

    If you like Trump, he is simply trying to fool Chrisitans into voting for the anti-christ.

    April 24, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  21. Doug

    Everyone who doesn't find the term "easter eggs" offensive will be voting against Obama and the Democrat party, decent Americans are against hate, Christians "cling to their guns and religion" is a hate no Republican is capable of, that is exclusive to Democrats and expalins why Obama said it.

    I wont mention the Democrat comments on Palin, to wish for a woman to be violated in such a way as every Democrat dreams of with Palin, well it needs to be said, a majority of Democrats dream of Sarah Palin being harm and even raped. Sorry the truth is the truth, censor it if need be, just shows how offensive and sick Democrats are.

    April 24, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  22. rebwt

    What a hypocrite! Question the President's religion and then say, "God is the only one who knows his heart." Excuse me while I go stock the pantry, because if these idiots get in charge, we are doomed.

    April 24, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  23. ThinkAgain

    I can't help but think Franklin is glomming onto Trump and Palin so he can get attention – because who's really heard of him? If he weren't Billy Graham's kid, would anyone really care about him? Billy had charisma, in addition to political savvy; all Franklin shares with his dad is the ambition to be noticed by people in "high places."

    April 24, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  24. steph

    So the Rev Graham is supporting a man that does not worship his GOD but someone that worships money. Oh and lets not forget the cheating on the wives and bilking people out of money. Remind me again why I don't trust the Graham's. He is no better than the TV preachers in it for the money. MMM money, graham and trump a match made in hell.

    April 24, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  25. Mclandy Sunnyman

    Trump is not going to run, that's the bottom line. He is just increasing is ratings.

    April 24, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
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