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Don Lemon perfectly nails Franklin Graham’s ‘ends justify the means’ moral hypocrisy on Trump

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Franklin Graham shrugged off President Donald Trump’s moral failings by arguing his various aberrations took place before he was in the Oval Office.

The president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association appeared Tuesday night on “CNN Tonight,” where he told host Don Lemon that Trump’s alleged extramarital affair with a porn actress was different than behavior for which he criticized Bill Clinton.

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“These alleged affairs, they’re alleged with Trump, didn’t happen while he was in office,” Graham said.

“This happened 11, 12, 13, 14 years ago,” he continued, “and so, I think there is a big difference and not that we give anybody a pass, but we have to look at the timeline and that was before he was in office.”

Lemon questioned Graham’s moral consistency, saying that it sounded like he believed Trump was good — despite evidence to the contrary — because he delivered on political promises.

“It sounds like you’re saying he is good because he is good for what you think is right, that the ends justify the means,” Lemon said. “If that’s the case, then poor people should be robbing banks.”

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Graham insisted Trump had matured since the alleged 2006 affair with porn actress Stormy Daniels, who gave a detailed account of the relationship in a magazine interview, but Lemon asked whether the president’s tweets and other public remarks disproved that claim.

“There is a lot of presidents that have had rough language and a lot of these things that have been accused of the president, I am not sure are true,” Graham said. “He says he didn’t do it, and the others that said he didn’t do it.”

Graham then argued that God had put Trump in office for a reason, and the religious leader then praised his skills as a businessman.

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“I think people have confidence in his business ability, and I think that’s why we see the stock market where it is,” Graham said. “Of course, the tax issue is huge.”

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Bill Maher dances on David Koch’s grave: ‘I’m glad he’s dead and I hope the end was painful’

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HBO "Real Time" host Bill Maher celebrated the death of right-wing billionaire David Koch, who died of prostate cancer.

"I guess I'm going to have to reevaluate my low opinion of prostate cancer," Maher said.

"Condolences poured in from all the politicians he owned and mourners are being asked, in lieu of flowers, to just leave their car engine running," he said.

"I know these seem like harsh words and harsh jokes, and I'm sure I will be condemned for them on Fox News, which will portray Mr. Koch as a principled libertarian who believed in the free market," Maher said. "He and his brother have done more than anybody to fund climate science deniers -- for decades."

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HBO’s Bill Maher slams Trump’s White House lawn press conferences: ‘Brought to you by Adderall’

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HBO's "Real Time" host Bill Maher ripped Donald Trump on Friday.

"I've had so many sh*tty weeks, but this was a sh*tty week, I'm telling you," Maher said.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) called for a boycott of Maher's show this week.

"The one bright spot I could find, Trump finally found some white people to fight with. Denmark. He's fighting with Denmark, because, you know this, he's been wanting to buy Greenland

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Rachel Maddow reveals 9 major reasons so many Democrats are running against Trump in 2020

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The host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC listed nine major reasons Democrats are running to take on President Donald Trump in 2020.

"As we close in on the third round of Democratic presidential primary debates, the acute angle of the funnel that the candidates are going through right now is starting to pinch a little bit," Maddow noted.

"I think it’s fair to say that the Democratic Party knew that a lot of people were going to get into this presidential primary to try to earn the right to challenge this incumbent president. Right? It’s not rocket science to figure that out," she continued. "It’s nothing personal about the president."

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