A prominent evangelical leader called upon President Donald Trump to “confess” any extramarital affairs he has engaged in and apologize to the First Lady and the American people.
During an appearance with MSNBC anchor Katy Tur, Bob Vander Plaats denied that evangelical Christians were giving the commander in chief a pass as both a former Playboy playmate and a prominent pornographic performer are making public allegations that Trump stepped out on his marriage.
“This Sunday 60 Minutes will air its interview with Stormy Daniels,” Tur reminded. “Last night, Daniels’ attorney tweeted a cryptic picture of a disk”
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“The White House and president’s attorney have denied both affairs but how many of these claims will be too many claims for the more conservative members of Donald Trump’s base?” Tur asked. “So the president isn’t responding to this, he’s been dodging questions on this. There are a lot of folks out there who look towards the evangelical community and wonder why evangelicals are giving him a pass on this sort of stuff.”
“First of all, I don’t think evangelicals are giving him a pass, I know that I’m not,” claimed Bob Vander Platt, president and CEO of The Family Leader.
“So I think evangelicals, Katy, are very clear: adultery is wrong, whether that’s where your neighbor, your office worker, or with a porn star,” he continued. “Adultery is wrong.”
“I believe that if these affairs are true, I believe he should own it, he should confess it, he should say ‘I’m sorry.’ He should reach out to Melania and his family,” Vander Plaat counseled. “He should also reach out to the country and say he’s sorry.”
“The heart of our faith is forgiveness,” he continued, “but that forgiveness comes with an acknowledgment and with a confession of saying, ‘I did wrong.'”