Conservative evangelical leader: Trump gets a ‘mulligan’ for his behavior

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Perkins hailed Trump’s socially conservative policies

He said evangelical support is not ‘unconditional’


Washington
CNN

Tony Perkins, the chairman of the conservative Family Research Council, claimed Tuesday that the evangelical community has given President Donald Trump a “mulligan” when it comes to his personal behavior.

“Yes, the evangelicals, the conservatives, they gave him a mulligan. They let him do it again. They said we would start over with you and give you a second chance. Perkins said in an interview on CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront.”

Perkins’ remarks come after a Wall Street Journal report that Trump attorney Michael Cohen formed a private LLC to pay a former porn star in exchange for not speaking publicly about an alleged sexual relationship with the candidate at the time.

CNN has not independently confirmed the Wall Street Journal reporting, and in response to the Wall Street Journal’s initial report on the matter, Cohen said the rumors had been circulating since 2011 and that Trump “once again denies vehemently such an event”.

The Family Research Council is known for promoting socially conservative family values. One of the foundations of the organization, according to its website, is to promote marriage and family. “The Family Research Council champions marriage and the family as the foundation of civilization, the soil of virtue, and the wellspring of society,” according to the site. “In the literal sense, ‘families’ are formed only by ties of blood, marriage or adoption, and ‘marriage’ is the union of a man and a woman. »

Perkins said it’s the relationship Trump has built with evangelicals, as well as his “constitutionally conservative” policies, including the appointment of judges who oppose abortion, that garner support.

However, Perkins noted that he doesn’t think evangelical support is “unconditional.”

“This support is not unconditional. If the president, for whatever reason, stopped keeping his campaign promises and then engaged in that behavior now, the support is gone,” he said.

Perkins’ use of golf terminology might be familiar to the president, who has often indulged his love of golf during his tenure, and is said to be taking ‘one free mulligan after another’ on the course. of golf, according to the former ESPN columnist. Rick Reilly.

Barry F. Howard