Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, Family Talk radio and an adviser to presidents, on Tuesday explained in blunt terms why he’s sticking with Donald Trump as his personal choice for president in 2016.
“I do not condone nor defend Donald Trump’s terrible comments made 11 years ago. They are indefensible and awful. I’m sure there are other misdeeds in his past, although as Jesus said, ‘Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.’
“I am, however, more concerned about America’s future than Donald Trump’s past. I wonder about how Bill Clinton’s language stands up in private,” he said.
Dobson, who had endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, then moved his support to Trump when Cruz dropped out, explained that he’s been getting a lot of inquiries about whether he continues to support Trump in light of the recording released over the weekend that caught Trump making lewd comments about women.
“My condemnation of the former president is on an entirely different level,” Dobson explained.
“To my knowledge, Donald Trump has never abused women physically or had oral sex in the Oval Office with a vulnerable intern. Nor has he committed perjury by lying to Congress for many hours.
“Clinton, on the other hand, lost his license to practice law for that criminal act,” he said.
“Trump hasn’t been impeached by Congress for his lies. Donald Trump hasn’t vetoed bills that would have outlawed the procedure known as partial-birth abortion. Bill Clinton alone is responsible for the brains being sucked out of unanesthetized babies during delivery. That naziesque procedure continued for years until the Supreme Court declared it illegal. Donald Trump is pro-life.
“Clinton and his wife disrespect the Constitution of the United States, although Trump has promised to protect it, especially the First Amendment. Shall I go on?”
Dobson earlier said his endorsement of Trump was partly because of “my great concern about Hillary Clinton.”
“I am supporting Mr. Trump primarily because I believe he is the most capable candidate to lead the United States of America in this complicated hour,” he said at the time.
WND reported when Dobson noted several important issues, including Trump’s selection of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate.
At the time, he also expressed his approval of “Trump’s commitments to ‘appoint conservative Supreme Court justices, preserve religious liberty, rebuild the military, and defend the sanctity of human life.'”
WND reported in June when Dobson, as well as another firebrand in the community of evangelical Christians, former Rep. Michele Bachmann, joined a special faith advisory panel announced by Trump.
Trump’s campaign said at the time the board would provide advisory support on issues important to evangelical Christians and other people of faith.
The campaign said the appointments were an expression of Trump’s desire to have access to wise counsel, not necessarily an endorsement of Trump by the individual Christian leaders.
Bachmann served four terms in Congress representing Minnesota before she retired. She has never backed away from her support of Christian values and was mocked by President Obama for her expressions of faith.
Dobson has been in open conflict with Barack Obama over the president’s mandate that employers pay for abortions in their employee health care plans, at one point addressing the president with, “Come and get me if you must.” He also affirmed that no matter the U.S. Supreme Court’s opinion on “same-sex marriage,” a decision praised and celebrated by Obama, he would follow the Bible.
Dobson was part of a coalition that posted ads with the statement: “We affirm that marriage, as existing solely between one man and one woman, precedes civil government. Though affirmed, fulfilled and elevated by faith, the truth that marriage can exist only between one man and one woman is not based solely on religion but on the Natural Law, written on the human heart.
“We implore this court to not step outside of its legitimate authority and unleash religious persecution and discrimination against people of faith. We will be forced to choose between the state and our conscience, which is informed by clear biblical and church doctrine and the natural created order.”
“We will not honor any decision by the Supreme Court which will force us to violate a clear biblical understanding of marriage as solely the union of one man and one woman.”
After a meeting between evangelicals and Trump, Dobson also said he believed Trump has come “to accept a relationship with Christ,” repented of his sins and been “born-again.”
But he said Trump probably was not a mature Christian.
“You got to cut him some slack,” Dobson said. “He didn’t grow up like we did.”
He did say in August he believes Trump would “unleash Christian activists to fight for their beliefs” if he is elected this fall.
Dobson, who earned his Ph.D. at the University of Southern California and is the author of more than 30 books, also urged Christians to vote, or face the prospect of ending up with up to eight years of Hillary Clinton in office.
“Hillary scares me to death,” he said in a statement to WND.