Megachurch pastor Jack Graham says Donald Trump would make 'a great president'
Megachurch pastor Jack Graham expressed his support for Donald Trump following the meeting on Tuesday, where nearly 1,000 Christian leaders and conservatives met with the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.
"It was a very positive meeting. It didn't feel like a sales pitch," Graham said, according to The Christian Post. "I didn't feel like a political campaign [rally] as much as it did a conversation between friends."
Graham, pastor at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Dallas and former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, said that the meeting organized by non-partisan organizations United in Purpose and My Faith Votes lived up to its title, "A Conversation About America's Future with Donald Trump and Ben Carson."
While Trump didn't go into specifics in the discussion on policies, he promised to protect religious liberty and to appoint judges who are pro-life.
"As far as I know, this is the first presidential [nominee] including Ronald Reagan, Bush 1, Bush 2 that has ever said, 'I will appoint pro-life Supreme Court justices,'" Graham said. "That has not been done before. That is quite a commitment. I think some of us can remember the days when our candidates were saying 'no litmus test.'"
When Trump was asked about violence in America and the racial divide, Graham was satisfied with his answers, having spoken about jobs and education.
"His criticism is that his answers are surface answers. I don't really get that," he said. "I don't know what more people want him to say. He is offering more solutions that Hillary Clinton."
Trump, during the meeting, also said that he would do something about the law that prevents tax-exempt organizations from endorsing or criticizing politicians, and Graham said this brand new idea is something that he thinks surprised many but also pleased a lot of people.
He narrated that after the meeting, the consensus among those whom he talked to is that Trump understands the leaders and what they represent, saying, "He gets it." He also expressed that Christians can longer sit out on the upcoming elections with many matters at stake, including the Supreme Court, war on terrorism, national security, and economy.
In an article on Fox News titled "Of course, Evangelicals can vote for Trump," Graham wrote that he would vote for Trump because he is convinced that the presumptive GOP nominee will "fight for the issues that matter most to conservatives," namely: the Supreme Court; the protection and sanctity of life; and religious liberty.
"I know that I feel very convinced that it's not just 'Oh, we got to stop Hillary Clinton,' which we do, but that we can champion Donald Trump," Graham told The Christian Post. "I am convinced he is going to make a great president of the United States."