Celebrated Christian evangelist Franklin Graham has expressed astonishment at recent remarks by actress-comedian Tina Fey in which she called out white, college-educated women for voting for Donald Trump.
“Tina Fey is in the news for scolding educated white women for voting for Donald J. Trump. What’s that about?” Graham asked in a Facebook post.
The noted pastor wondered aloud why Fey had chosen to single out white women for her chastisement.
“How about educated black, Latino, and all other women—is she going to scold them as well?” he asked.
During a Friday night fundraiser for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Fey suggested that those women who voted for Trump might be tempted to “forget” about the outcome but should resist and face up to it.
“The thing that I kind of keep focusing on is the idea that we sort of need to hold the edges, that it’s sort of like a lot of this election was turned by kinda white college-educated women who would now maybe like to forget about this election and go back to watching HGTV and I would want to urge them, ‘You can’t look away,’” the 46-year-old comedian said.
According to post-election statistics, 53 percent of white, female voters voted for Trump over former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Of college-educated white female voters, 44 percent cast their vote for Trump.
Rev. Graham offered his own assessment of the “scolding.”
“The left is still having a hard time accepting that they lost the election when the polls showed that Donald Trump was going to lose big,” he wrote.
Although initially Graham chose not to endorse the Republican candidate, he eventually came to attribute the outcome of November’s election to the “hand of God.”
“All I know is Donald Trump was supposed to lose the election” according to all the polls, Graham said.
“For these states to go the way they did, in my opinion, I think it was the hand of God,” he said. “It wasn’t hacking. It wasn’t Wiki-leaky or whatever. It was God, in my opinion, and I believe his hand was at work, and I think he’s given Christians an opportunity.”
In his Facebook post Monday, Graham suggested that no matter what individual citizens think of the president, the most constructive response is to pray for him.
“The only hope for our country is if Christians will pray as we are commanded to in God’s Word for our president, our vice president, our Congress, all those in leadership—Republican and Democrat alike,” he said.
“God hears the prayers of His people, and we need His help,” he concluded.
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