As President Trump’s troubled and disturbing sexual history gets more and more exposure from the press, evangelical Christian voters are facing growing pressure to rationalize the fact that they threw 80 percent of their support behind him. Evangelical leader Franklin Graham twisted himself in a pretzel trying to explain why he and his fellow Christians still support a man who paid porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 to keep quiet on an alleged affair. President of the Family Research Council Tony Perkins attempted the same thing this past weekend, telling POLITICO that evangelicals were willing to give Trump a “do-over” since he’s championing the agenda of religious conservatives.
The hypocrisy of religious leaders taking this stance isn’t lost on most people, including many conservatives who’ve managed to hold on to their intellectual integrity in the age of Trump. One of those people is former RNC Chairman Michael Steele, who slammed Perkins and other evangelicals like him during an appearance on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews this week.
“When it comes down to giving Trump a pass, some top evangelical leaders are turning a blind eye to his past indiscretions and came to his defense following recent reports about his alleged affair with adult film star Stormy Daniels,” Hardball host Chris Matthew said.
“I have very simple admonition: just shut the hell up and don’t preach to me about anything ever again,” Steele declared.
“After telling me who to love, what to believe, what to do and what not to do and now you sit back and the prostitutes don’t matter? The grabbing the you-know-what doesn’t matter” The outright behavior and lies don’t matter? Just shut up!” he added.
“They have no voice of authority anymore for me.”
Watch the Hardball segment in video below:
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