Pastor Franklin Graham, one of the country's most recognizable evangelical Christians, is facing a backlash for praising First Lady Melania Trump shortly after denouncing the alleged "sins" of Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg.
Graham on Friday wished Melania a happy birthday, declaring she was the "classiest first lady our country has ever had."
His praise for the first lady comes a few days after he lashed out at Buttigieg, demanding that he repent and not "flaunt" being gay.
“Mayor Buttigieg says he’s a gay Christian. As a Christian I believe the Bible which defines homosexuality as sin, something to be repentant of, not something to be flaunted, praised or politicized. The Bible says marriage is between a man & a woman—not two men, not two women,” Graham tweeted.
Graham followers were quick to point out that Melania had posed in the nude several times as a model, sometimes depicting same-sex scenes with another woman.
@Franklin_Graham @FLOTUS Because posing naked is so classy.— Pepper in Texas (@Pepper in Texas)1556299365.0
@Franklin_Graham @FLOTUS You like that girl on girl stuff eh?— Succeed Indeed!!! (@Succeed Indeed!!!)1556297810.0
@Franklin_Graham @FLOTUS 😂😂😂 classiest ? https://t.co/jv0kgY6mBc— Brandon J. Watson (@Brandon J. Watson)1556300517.0
@Franklin_Graham @FLOTUS Rev Franklin, this is why people regard you and other Christians as hypocrites. Had Melani… https://t.co/6X2pfxkOhQ— President-Elect Gingerchiq 🇺🇸 🦩 🐊 🌴🌴☀️ (@President-Elect Gingerchiq 🇺🇸 🦩 🐊 🌴🌴☀️)1556297385.0
Other Twitter users criticized Graham for hurting the evangelical movement by endorsing Trump.
@Franklin_Graham Actions speak louder than words sir: Politics is your idol.— Dave Lapsley (@Dave Lapsley)1556298583.0
@Franklin_Graham @FLOTUS Your troll game is on point. I mean, it's a bummer that it's doing such terrible damage to… https://t.co/Nk2tK3bGpQ— JaysonDBradley (@JaysonDBradley)1556297332.0
@Franklin_Graham @FLOTUS SMH. Hypocrite— Peter Kelley (@Peter Kelley)1556297325.0
@Franklin_Graham @FLOTUS What is wrong with you? I really admire your father. However, I cannot believe how much su… https://t.co/otHmAnQP3e— katie (@katie)1556301047.0