Billy Graham’s Granddaughter: Evangelical Leaders Fail Us By Supporting Trump
In an op-ed for USA Today, the granddaughter of the late Billy Graham accused current Evangelical leaders of spitting on his legacy by supporting President Donald Trump.
- Jerushah Duford wrote, “I have spent my entire life in the church, with every big decision guided by my faith. But now, I feel homeless. Like so many others, I feel disoriented as I watch the church I have always served turn their eyes away from everything it teaches. I hear from Christian women on a daily basis who all describe the same thing: a tug at their spirit.”
- The Hill noted that Duford said “she often feels that unpleasant ‘tug’ when listening to Trump’s rhetoric, citing his recent comments about scraping an Obama-era rule meant to quash segregation and provide low-income housing.”
- “Jesus said repeatedly to defend the poor and show kindness and compassion to those in need. Our president continues to perpetuate an us-versus-them narrative, yet almost all of our church leaders say nothing,” Duford said.
- Silence on the part of church leaders is evidence that marginalized communities are “no longer valued by individuals claiming to uphold the values my grandfather taught,” she lamented.
- Duford also pointed to Trump’s walk through Lafayette Square this summer after protesters were cleared with tear gas in order that the president could pursue a photo op at the nearby St. John’s Church.
“He held a Bible, something so sacred to all of us, yet he treated that Bible with a callousness that would offend anyone intimately familiar with the words inside it,” Duford wrote. “He believed that action would honor him and only him. However, the church, designed to honor God, said nothing.
- “We represent God before we represented any political party or leader. When we fail to remember this, we are minimizing the role He created for us to fill,” she said. “Jesus loved women; He served women; He valued women and we need to give ourselves permission to stand up and do the same.”
- The Hill noted that prior to writing her op-ed, Duford had “joined the Lincoln Women, the new coalition of Republican women formed by the anti-Trump group The Lincoln Project.”
The organization opposes Trump and calls for other women to cast votes for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).
- The publication also noted that Duford’s uncle, Franklin Graham, took over Billy Graham’s ministry after his passing and has become a vocal supporter of Trump.
- She told Newsweek that “his voice was a large reason for my speaking out.”