TRENDING: Rev. Graham on 2012: Maybe Trump?
April 24th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
4 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. Pumbu

    The question that, If Graham think that President Obama is Christian or Muslim. Damn he answered if is a Christian or Muslim only God knows. What kind of question is that? You ask him as if he's a God. Only God know that if he's a Christian or Muslim. Why republican party or retarded ppl of GOP they never be nice to there fellow Americans? There party leader just sit there the only word they know in NO, when you asked to give solution still they don't have one ask Sarah Palin to speak for them.

    April 24, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  2. DN

    For a party that wants states' rights over federal, they have an awful lot of members who will not accept Hawaii's state law. The Aloha State will not release a birth certificate to ANYONE without a tangible reason to do so. They provide a Certificate of Live Birth instead. So, no, President Obama CANNOT request the release of his birth certificate.

    April 24, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  3. Randy, San Francisco

    No wonder the rest of his family removed Rev Graham from the Crystal Cathedral ministry. He should stay out of politics and minister to the religious needs of his flock.

    April 24, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  4. RogerSeattle

    It's true! The stupid people are multiplying much faster than the smart people. Couldn't it be said about almost ALL Christians in any congregation that "going to church does not make one a Christian"? Isn't "chosen faith" based on membership, $$$ support, and attendance? The question was not whether Obama has "received divine revelation and is qualified to pastor a church".

    April 24, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. Peter

    I just want to point out that Gary Johnson has officially announced his candidacy for President in 2012 just a few days ago, but no one cares because he isn't as "important" as Trump....While Johnson has no chance of being president, I think Trump has an even smaller chance, so why are we covering him?

    April 24, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  6. Seattle Sue

    Doesn't surprise me, the Grahams, both Billy and Franklin are as crooked and dishonest as Trump. Plus just as crazy.

    April 24, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  7. DENNA

    The whole lot of you anti-Obama people are crazy. You are making the mistake in thinking that just because a Black man has been elected president, our standards for choosing a president have declined. Not so. I think we have finally started realizing that we need more than 'folksy' charm when deciding who will oversee the greatest country on the planet. And once again, religion should never play a part in choosing a president. Never.

    April 24, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  8. Ellie

    ‘You know, maybe the guy’s right.’ he said of Trump. Well pastor, maybes don't cut it because maybe he's wrong too. If your Christian faith is as pitiful as your political expertise then you got some talkin' to do with God.

    April 24, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  9. Tony

    I imagine that his father is ashamed of him...

    Financial scandals, something Billy Graham was never accused of, and now he supports this moron Trump?

    What a complete disappointment...

    April 24, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. rusty155

    Well REV. Graham both Saran Palin and Donald Trump are both bad choice. That would make 0 and 2. Because these two don't stand a chance.

    April 24, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  11. sfuguy

    The Graham family name is well respected by people around the world for generations because of Billy Graham's true love to spread the gospel around the world.
    By endorsing Trump, Graham's name plate & credibility has just been lowered to nothing better than sleazy right wing religious nut jobs more interested in politics than doing "God's Work" and puts them on a blow hard level/hypocrites like Rev. J. Jackson & Sharpton...so sad

    April 24, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  12. vic , nashville ,tn

    In the interview he said government had taken over the some church program (“before people need food or job goes to church get help”)

    Still people goes to church to get help churches help people to find jobs , pay their utility bills and food

    I don’t know what his motive I totally disagree with him

    April 24, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  13. Timus

    Modern day Pharisee.....just like many on the right....

    April 24, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  14. Sgt Schultz

    ‘You know, maybe the guy’s right.’”

    Yes if you're a simpleton with no education, never went to college or get all your info from Fox News – Facts Don't Mattter.

    April 24, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  15. X-JerseyGuy

    A "christian" man backing a crooked cheating swindler never mind a three times married adulterer. How disgusting! This just gives me comfort knowing why I left both the catholic church and the republican party. The only things these two worship is fame and money!

    April 24, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  16. Joel

    Little Graham has his head up his arse. He supports a person who is an admitted swindler liar, egotist, and fraud over a president who has for the first time in a long time, put the average american. This man is no christian, otherwise he would know to hold judgement.

    April 24, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  17. C. Howe Yulikit

    Well if Franklin Graham supports Trump you know the crazies have come out of the woodwork.

    And speaking of crazy, hey Crazy Doug (hand's down worst troll on CNN), project much? Never heard anyone ever speak of violating Sarah Palin until you just mentioned it. Get the nurse to adjust your meds.

    April 24, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  18. bud in NC

    Daddy Billie Graham, a Southerner, could have had a positive impact to help the cause of Civil Rights had he spoken out for justice. He was a moral coward to have remained silent. It was simple. He knew it would slow the money coming into the bank account.. Son Franklin is a moral idiot. I do not idolize any of the Grahams.

    April 24, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  19. Alina77

    At this picture this guy that indorsed Trump looking at Palin like he wants to put some ice cream on her and and eat it. He is definitely is going to push Trump to take Palin (as his ticket). Nuts! And as McCain said "Trump has fun of his life"

    April 24, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  20. larryw

    franklin graham is a racist and he likes anyone singing his tune.

    April 24, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  21. Cascadoux

    When people, who supposedly have a heart of faith, and a 'personal' connection with God, join in the fracas of stupidity, one wonders what hope is left for those of us, who just want to live in a just and equitable world? This is a perfect example of how would-be victims get sucked in. Trump is blatant about his lack of dignity and character, and yet, he has fools ravenously eating out of his palm, with his middle finger in it's vulgar position, ready to give it to them real good. Look ma, no grease.

    April 24, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  22. Jacqui

    Based on the Holy Bible, God has said that if anyone comes to HIm, believing that Jesus died for their sins and received Him in their heart, that one will be saved.
    My understanding of the scripture is that God has committed Himself to perfecting those who are saved. It was His Son who died, It was Jesus's blood that was shed, and it is God, who by the power of His Holy Spirit, who will finish the work in the lives of everyone who is now deemed His child.
    Where we come in, to cast doubt and accuse others, when we, ourselves are in need of God working on us, to perfect us boggles my mind.
    Finally, I would like to remind all of us, that one of the things that scripture says God hates, is a person who sows seed of discord among his children. Perhaps we can analyse our words and actions and see if we are pleasing God or displeasing Him

    April 24, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  23. annie s

    So Graham is a whacky birther potentially endorsing another whacky birther. I am sometimes soooooo proud to be an American.

    April 24, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  24. Ed

    Frank Graham's opinion means nothing to 98% of Americans.

    April 24, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  25. Daniel

    I can't believe Franklin Graham straddled the birther issue! Franklin Graham is disgracing the service of his father Billy Graham by mixing politics with theology. Billy never showed his partisanship but offered support to the occupant of the Oval Office, whoever he was.

    April 24, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
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