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Franklin Graham declines to endorse Trump in 2024 primary

Then-President Donald Trump speaks with pastor Franklin Graham. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

Franklin Graham declines to endorse Trump in 2024 primary

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Evangelical leader Franklin Graham declined to endorse former President Donald Trump in the 2024 Republican primary. He remained neutral instead.

Graham has been one of Trump’s longest and most vocal supporters. He first expressed interest in a presidential run in 2011, according to an interview with CBS News.

He went on to help animate the evangelical vote in Trump’s direction in 2016 and especially in 2020. He attributed his 2016 victory to divine providence.

Despite his outspoken support, Graham declined to endorse Trump in the 2024 GOP primaries. But, he stressed, it wasn’t a slight against the former president.

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“I’m going to stay out of it until after the primaries have finished,” he told CBS News at the March for Life rally in Washington, D.C.

“I’m just not going to get involved in supporting this one over that one. Let’s just let the people decide. And when the dust is settled, I’ll make a decision on that point,” he added.

He added that his decision not to endorse Trump in the primaries was not a “big decision — it’s an easy decision.”

The former president complained last week of “great disloyalty” among evangelical leaders who failed to endorse him for his 2024 presidential run.

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“Nobody has ever done more for right to life than Donald Trump. I put three Supreme Court justices, who all voted, and they got something that they’ve been fighting for 64 years, for many, many years,” Trump told journalist David Brody during an interview.

“There’s great disloyalty in the world of politics, and that’s a sign of disloyalty.”

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