In Interview, Lindsey Graham Suggests God Was Behind Trump’s Senate Acquittal
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said he doesn’t think God will judge him when he dies for voting to acquit President Donald Trump, according to Business Insider.
Graham, calling in on Fox News Radio’s “Brian Kilmeade Show”, discussed both the Senate vote that acquitted Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress and Sen. Mitt Romney’s decision to break with the Republican Party.
According to Graham, voting to acquit Trump was the “easiest decision I’ve ever had to make.”
“All I can tell you is that God gave us free will and common sense -- I used the common sense God gave me to understand this was a bunch of BS,” the senator said, adding that Democrats “hate Trump, they were going to impeach him the day he got elected, and if you can’t see through this, your religion is clouding your thinking here.”
Romney mentioned God in his decision to vote the president guilty of abuse of power.
“I am a profoundly religious person,” he said in a speech announcing his decision. “I take an oath before God as enormously consequential. I knew from the outset that being tasked with judging the president, the leader of my own party, would be the most difficult decision I have ever faced.”
Graham criticized Romney’s statement: “When I go to meet God at the pearly gates, I don’t think he’s going to ask me, ‘Why didn’t you convict Trump?’ I may be wrong, but I don’t think that’s going to be at the top of the list.”
Republicans have long used God and religion to justify their decisions. Last year, Rick Perry, the then-secretary of energy, said that Trump was God’s “chosen one” to lead the United States.
Trump also directly addressed the issue of faith during a speech last Thursday on his acquittal.
“I don’t like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong, nor do I like people who say, ‘I pray for you,’ when they know that that’s not so,” he said, referring to Romney and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.