When a sex scandal between a porn star and the president of the United States entered national headlines, some evangelicals had already made peace with allegations that their “dream president” may have cheated on his third wife shortly after the birth of their child.
“We kind of gave him — ‘All right, you get a mulligan. You get a do-over here,’” Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, a conservative Christian lobbying group, told Politico in January.
And the Rev. Franklin Graham, one of President Trump’s faith advisers, said he believes that the president is likely different from pre-Oval-Office Trump.
“Now, did he have an affair with this woman? I have no clue. But I believe at 70 years of age the president is a much different person today than he was four years ago, five years ago, 10 years ago, whatever. We just have to give the man the benefit of the doubt,” he said in January on MSNBC.