Tony Perkins: Evangelical support for Trump 'conditional' on campaign promises

- Januari 25, 2018

Family Research Council president Tony Perkins said Thursday that while evangelicals would not ignore President Donald Trump's past "personal failings," they would conditionally support him so long as he continued to deliver on his promised Christian-friendly agenda.

In a memo to members of his conservative non-profit, Perkins addressed his recent interview with POLITICO Magazine in which he said faith leaders were willing to give Trump a "mulligan" or "do-over" on his behavior if he continued to carry out on his promised policy goals.

The comments, which drew media attention, were interpreted by some as Perkins offering Trump a blank slate on past wrongdoing, including explosive recent claims that he had an extramarital affair with Stephanie Clifford, a porn star who performs under the name Stormy Daniels, while he was married to first lady Melania Trump.


Perkins said in the memo Thursday that allegations of infidelity and sexual misconduct leveled against the president would be "unconscionable" if proven true and that evangelicals would not stand by him if he were to "revert to the behavior of his past."

But, Perkins wrote, "the reality is, he has kept his promises, so why would we stop supporting him based on allegations of repugnant behavior from more than a decade ago?"

"This isn't blind allegiance on the part of evangelicals," Perkins added. "This is reasoned support for a political leader who has made and kept his campaign promises."

Perkins cited Trump's record on appointing pro-life judges and his selection of Vice President Mike Pence, a devout Christian and staunch social conservative, as his running mate as key reasons to support the president.

"I'm not saying his performance as president can buy him grace — only Christ can do that," Perkins said.

He added: "But if we care about the future of our nation, we have to deal in the present."


 

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