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Billy Graham voted for Donald Trump in 2016, son Franklin reveals

It's been revealed that the legendary evangelist Billy Graham voted for Donald Trump is the 2016 presidential election.

His son Franklin made the revelation after an editorial in US based magazine Christianity Today, which Billy Graham helped found, suggested the president should be removed from power.

Franklin, who now runs the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and charity Samaritan's Purse took objection to the publication using his father's name to make the political point.

Making the case for Trump to be ousted, the magazine's editor Mark Galli said: "In our founding documents, Billy Graham explains that Christianity Today will help evangelical Christians interpret the news in a manner that reflects their faith. The impeachment of Donald Trump is a significant event in the story of our republic. It requires comment.

He suggested he had previous held back from criticising the president but couldn't continue to do so.

"To use an old cliché, it's time to call a spade a spade, to say that no matter how many hands we win in this political poker game, we are playing with a stacked deck of gross immorality and ethical incompetence."

Writing a response on social media, Franklin Graham said: "Yes, my father Billy Graham founded Christianity Today; but no, he would not agree with their opinion piece. 

"In fact, he would be very disappointed. I have not previously shared who my father voted for in the past election, but because of this article, I feel it is necessary to share it now. 

"My father knew Donald Trump, he believed in Donald Trump, and he voted for Donald Trump. He believed that Donald J. Trump was the man for this hour in history for our nation."

Criticising further, he said: "Christianity Today said it's time to call a spade a spade. The spade is this - Christianity Today has been used by the left for their political agenda. 

"It's obvious that Christianity Today has moved to the left and is representing the elitist liberal wing of evangelicalism."

Addressing the issue on Premier's News Hour, author Krish Kandiah, who's contributed to Christianity Today, said: "If we look like we have a partisan political approach - that as long as the president gives us what we want on a number of key issues, we'll never question him - that is abdicating our responsibility to be a prophetic voice challenging power and calling everyone to follow Christ."

Kandiah also questioned whether Billy Graham would still be supporting Trump.

"Billy Graham would call Donald Trump to be honest and truthful," he said. "I think he would say that there is room for all us, whoever we are, that's there is grace and mercy to be found in Jesus and repentance is the right response for all of us when we know we've done something wrong."

Earlier this week Donald Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives being accused of abusing his power and obstructing Congress.

Trump denies the allegations and says he wants an immediate trial.
 

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