In an interview with Politico’s “Off Message” podcast, anti-LGBT right-winger Tony Perkins said that conservative Evangelicals have basically given Donald Trump a “mulligan” for his personal failings regarding alleged affairs and the infamous “grab’em by the pussy” comment on video.
Perkins made it clear that as long as Trump’s policies stay in line with far-right conservatives, they’re willing to turn a blind eye to his personal issues and racist comments.
Similarly, in a recent CNN interview, evangelical leader Franklin Graham also swept Trump’s personal shortcomings aside saying, “These alleged affairs, they’re alleged with Trump, didn’t happen while he was in office.”
“This happened 11, 12, 13, 14 years ago,” he said. “And so, I think there is a big difference and not that we give anybody a pass, but we have to look at the timeline and that was before he was in office.”
Responding to those comments on MSNBC’s “Hardball,” former RNC chairman Michael Steele was not having any of that:
“I have very simple admonition: just shut the hell up and don’t preach to me about anything ever again. I don’t want to hear it, because 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! They have no voice of authority anymore for me.”
Watch Steel’s comments below