Evangelist Franklin Graham on Monday said he is praying God will guide President Trump to the “next chapter” in his life and remains “grateful” for his service to the nation, believing he will “go down in history as one of the great presidents” in the country’s history.
Graham made the comments on Facebook the same day the electoral college officially made Democrat Joe Biden the president-elect.
“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,” Graham wrote. “May God bless him, Melania, and their family, as God leads him to the next chapter in his life.”
Instead of being “disappointed” in the election results. Graham said he’s thankful for Trump’s accomplishments the past four years.
“When I think about my answer,” Graham wrote, “I have to say honestly, that I am grateful – grateful to God that for the last four years He gave us a president who protected our religious liberties; grateful for a president who defended the lives of the unborn, standing publicly against abortion and the bloody smear it has made on our nation; grateful for a president who nominated conservative judges to the Supreme Court and to our federal courts; grateful for a president who built the strongest economy in 70 years with the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years before the pandemic; grateful for a president who strengthened and supported our military; grateful for a president who stood against ‘the swamp’ and the corruption in Washington; grateful for a president who supported law and order and defended our police.”
Further, Graham said he is grateful “for a president and a vice president who 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!’” Graham wrote. “So as we come to the end of this election season, I look back with a grateful heart and thank God for all of these things. It is unfortunate that many people got confused and made the election about personalities rather than the policies of the candidates.”
Graham wasn’t the only Trump supporter to speak out about the election following the electoral college vote.
“The electoral college has spoken,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said from the Senate floor Wednesday. “Today I want to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden.”
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.