Evangelical Christian leader Franklin Graham praised President Donald Trump on Monday as “one of the greatest presidents of our nation” because he stood up for the rights of unborn babies.
Newsweek reports Graham, the son of the late Rev. Billy Graham, issued the statement after the electoral college voted to confirm pro-abortion Democrat Joe Biden as the winner of the presidency.
“People have asked if I am disappointed about the election,” Graham wrote on social media. “When I think about my answer, I have to say honestly, that I am grateful—grateful to God … for the last four years.”
The pro-life Christian leader said he appreciates how strongly Trump has advocated against abortion and for the rights of unborn babies.
He thanked God for giving Americans “a president who defended the lives of the unborn, standing publicly against abortion and the bloody smear it has made on our nation.”
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During his four years in office, Trump repeatedly spoke up for unborn babies and defended their right to life. He developed a long list of pro-life accomplishments, including defunding the abortion chain Planned Parenthood, leading dozens of United Nations countries in publicly opposing the international agency’s pro-abortion agenda, cutting off taxpayer funding to scientific research that used aborted baby body parts, enacting policies to protect pro-life medical workers and employers, and more.
Graham said he is thankful for “a president who protected our religious liberties” and “nominated conservative judges to the Supreme Court and to our federal courts.”
He said Trump built a strong economy and stood up against the corruption in Washington, D.C. He said the Republican president and Vice President Mike Pence “recognized the importance of prayer and were not ashamed of the name of Jesus Christ. I’m thankful that the president stood against the secularists who wanted to take Christ out of Christmas and that he brought back the greeting ‘Merry Christmas!’”
Looking back at the past four years, Graham said he is grateful to God for all of the progress that has been made in America.
“It is unfortunate that many people got confused and made the election about personalities rather than the policies of the candidates,” he concluded. “President Trump will go down in history as one of the great presidents of our nation, bringing peace and prosperity to millions here in the U.S. and around the world. May God bless him, Melania, and their family, as God leads him to the next chapter in his life.”
Graham, the president of Samaritan’s Purse and a leading Christian voice in America, is a strong advocate for the pro-life cause. He frequently speaks about protecting unborn babies and ending the violence of abortion.