Following the release of a 2005 hot mic recording in which GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump brags about his sexual exploits in extremely vulgar terms, several prominent leaders of the “Evangelical Right” have come forward to affirm their support for the nominee.
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, told BuzzFeed that “shared values” don't matter to him:
“My personal support for Donald Trump has never been based upon shared values, it is based upon shared concerns about issues such as: justices on the Supreme Court that ignore the constitution, America’s continued vulnerability to Islamic terrorists and the systematic attack on religious liberty that we’ve seen in the last 7 1/2 years.”
Ralph Reed, Christian author and founder of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization dedicated to electing conservatives, released the following statement on Facebook Saturday:
"Here is my statement on Donald Trump's comments made off-camera during an Access Hollywood interview in 2005:
These eleven-year-old comments are offensive and inappropriate. As the father of two daughters, I did not appreciate them. The Bible teaches that we are to treat older women as mothers and younger women as sisters, in all purity. I am glad that Donald Trump has apologized for them. People of faith are voting in 2016 on critical issues like who will protect the unborn, defend religious freedom, appoint conservative judges, grow the economy, stand by Israel, and oppose the Iran nuclear deal, which Hillary Clinton helped to negotiate.
Given the stakes on the election and the critical issues confronting our nation, an audiotape of an eleven-year-old private conversation with an entertainment talk show host is unlikely to rank high on the hierarcy [sic] of their concerns."
Perhaps the most notable evangelical figure who endorsed Trump, Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University, has thus far remained silent on the matter.
Independent Journal Review reached out to Reed, Perkins, and Falwell for comment, but we have not yet received a response.