Many public figures who oppose President Trump move regularly beyond criticism of his policies to personal attacks.
“Unfit” is one of the most common bombs thrown at him.
But Franklin Graham, CEO of the Samaritan’s Purse worldwide Christian ministry and the Billy Graham Association, is calling “enough.”
“Nothing is gained by putting forth the lie that he is unfit. I encourage people of faith to pray for the president and his family,” Graham wrote on Facebook.
The “unfit” attack has been leveled by media as well as Democratic politicians.
In a Washington Post column, Max Boot criticized recent Trump tweets, claiming, “Over Presidents’ Day weekend, Trump again demonstrated why he remains as unfit as ever to follow in the footsteps of Washington and Lincoln – or even of Millard Fillmore and Warren Harding.”
He said the nation should not “tolerate his disgraceful conduct.”
Trump has used Twitter to bypass the media and defend himself from attacks and promote his “Make America Great Again” agenda. Boot lashed out at Trump for promoting “Building the Wall,” pressuring China through tariffs to trade fairly with the United States and criticizing the Justice Department.
Trump cited the Obama Justice Department’s use of an unverified “dossier” funded by Democrats to spy on his campaign. And he pointed to the reports of top DOJ officials discussing the use of the 25th Amendment to remove him from office.
Boot also said Trump was “unfit” for criticizing media, which, according to studies, is overwhelming anti-Trump. One survey found 9 of 10 stories about Trump were negative.
Another recent “unfit” attack came from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., who is running for the 2020 Democratic nomination.
She advocated invoking the 25th Amendment.
“Their loyalty under law is not to him personally. It is to the Constitution of the United States and to the people of United States,” she said of Cabinet members.
Further, there was an “unfit” attack recently in New York Magazine by Jonathan Chait, who wrote, “Trump has at minimum proven that he lacks the temperament or basic competence to serve as president of the United States.”
Graham wrote: “Some are quoted in the media saying that President Trump is ‘unfit’ for office. Some have even gone as far as to suggest he should be forcefully removed from office. Really?
“During the 2016 campaign, Donald J. Trump soundly defeated all of the Republican candidates and the Democratic candidate he debated. Even with that, polls and predictions didn’t give him a chance of winning the election – but he did,” Graham wrote.
“And now he is keeping his word to the 62+ million people who voted for him. He promised to get the economy going, create jobs, appoint conservative judges, defend the unborn, rebuild our military, and strengthen our southern border by building a wall – and he’s doing it. I just wish the Democrats and the Republicans would work with him and stop trying to tear him down.
“Nothing is gained by putting forth the lie that he is unfit. I encourage people of faith to pray for the president and his family, Vice President Mike Pence and his family, and all those who serve in the Cabinet and the White House. They need our prayers.”