Evangelist Franklin Graham said in a new interview that President Trump’s alleged affair with Stormy Daniels is “nobody’s business” — but what he said about Bill Clinton has some claiming hypocrisy.
“I don’t have concern, in a sense, because these things happened many years ago — and there’s such bigger problems in front of us as a nation that we need to be dealing with than other things in his life a long time ago,” Graham told the Associated Press in an interview to promote a new book about his late father Rev. Billy Graham.
Watch the interview below, via the Associated Press:
Graham went on to say Republicans were wrong to go after Bill Clinton in the 1990s for his own affair:
“I think some of these things — that’s for him and his wife to deal with. I think when the country went after President Clinton, the Republicans, that was a great mistake that should never have happened. And I think the same with Stormy Daniels and so forth is nobody’s business. And we’ve got other business at hand that we need to deal with.”
But Graham seems to have forgotten that he was one of the people who went after Clinton for his affair, penning a commentary piece for the Wall Street Journal in 1998 titled “Clinton’s Sins Aren’t Private.”
“Much of America seems to have succumbed to the notion that what a person does in private has little bearing on his public actions or job performance, even if he is the president of the United States,” Graham writes, in a sentence that could just as easily apply today to the opposite end of the political spectrum.
Graham implied that if Clinton was willing to mislead his own family, he could have no qualms with misleading the public:
But the God of the Bible says that what one does in private does matter. Mr. Clinton’s months-long extramarital sexual behavior in the Oval Office now concerns him and the rest of the world, not just his immediate family. If he will lie to or mislead his wife and daughter, those with whom he is most intimate, what will prevent him from doing the same to the American public?
Twitter users quickly took notice of Graham’s new stance and were quick to call him out on what they saw as “hypocrisy”:
— Gabe #DreamActNow Ortíz (@TUSK81) May 6, 2018
How do you define hypocrite: Franklin Graham. https://t.co/1J4FR5d3y7
— Bakari Sellers (@Bakari_Sellers) May 6, 2018
I can’t even with this hypocrisy…
Evangelicals weren’t this forgiving of Clinton’s transgressions or anyone else’s for that matter. @Franklin_Graham is disgracing his father’s name… https://t.co/HD8KxtzL0Z
— Tara Setmayer (@TaraSetmayer) May 5, 2018
“A repentant spirit that says, ‘I’m sorry. I was wrong. I won’t do it again. I ask for your forgiveness,’ would go a long way toward personal and national healing,” Graham wrote of Clinton in 1998. Donald Trump continues to deny the allegations levied against him by Stormy Daniels.