Evangelist Franklin Graham says that the confession of sins by Christians caused Donald Trump to be elected president of the United States.
Graham made his assertion during an interview with Pastor James Robison on Robison's website The Stream:
Yes, in my opinion I believe God’s hand was involved in this election. I base that on going to all 50 capital cities and seeing the hundreds of thousands of people who came to pray. They didn’t come to hear me preach — they came from across their state to pray.
They stood in rain, in snow, in the heat of summer to pray -- confessing the sins of our nation to God and asking for forgiveness. Confessing their personal sins and asking for forgiveness.
They prayed that God would bless this nation and that this nation would be healed and turned around from the direction it was going. I asked these people to start prayer cells in each community -- to come together to pray for this country.
Graham went on to admit that he did not have proof of his extraordinary assertion, which he said was based on his own personal belief:
I believe in this election God’s hand was behind the scenes. I don’t have emails to pull out. I don’t have any kind of proof -- it’s just something I believe in my heart because I saw what was happening in every state, and I think it was just the tip of the iceberg of what was going on across this country.
Everywhere I went, people sensed that we were going the wrong direction and only God could turn it around. It wasn’t the Democrats or the Republicans that could save America, it wasn’t Donald Trump who could save America. Only God could do it.
Later in the interview, Graham expressed his hope that Trump would choose Supreme Court justices who would ban women from having abortions:
I am hoping and praying that Donald Trump will appoint judges to the bench who will take a stand against abortion and that we can eventually see Roe v. Wade reversed.
It’s going to take prayer because there will be a lot of pressure on President-elect Trump to nominate justices who will have different opinions and who might be soft on this issue.
I believe God can bless America if America is moving in the right direction to correct the sins of its past.
Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Jan. 3 that Democrats will likely block Trump's choice for the Supreme Court:
We are not going to settle on a Supreme Court nominee. If they don’t appoint someone who’s really good, we’re gonna oppose him tooth and nail. Now then, they won’t have 60 votes to put in an out-of-the-mainstream nominee, and then they’ll have to make a choice: Change the rules.
It's going to be very hard for them to change the rules because there are a handful of Republicans who believe in the institution of the Senate and don't change the rules. But we are not going to make it easy for them to pick a Supreme Court justice ... It’s hard for me to imagine a nominee that Donald Trump would choose that would get Republican support that we could support.