I Thank God for the Vaccine: Evangelical Leader Franklin Graham Pleads With Followers to Get Shot

Donald Trump has been playing a strange game with the new COVID vaccine. On one hand, he is claiming that without his Operation Warp Speed, it would have taken years for a vaccine to be developed. On the other hand, he get inoculated in private and has made little effort to encourage his supporters to get vaccinated.

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As a result, there is an extreme hesitancy among Republican voters. And the most vaccine hesitant group is white Evangelical Christian males. Franklin Graham, an important figure in that world, is desperate for that to change. The son of Billy Graham discussed the issue with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Monday.

Graham told the CNN host:

“When Jesus started his ministry, he went about preaching and he used his power as the Son of God to bring healing to people’s bodies. And he didn’t do it so they’d have a better life. He did it so they’d put their faith and trust in him as the Son of God. And as a Christian, I think it’s important that we model our ministry after that of Jesus Christ. We want to try to bring healing to people’s bodies, and we can do that through modern medicine.”

The Evangelical leader also said that he is planning on pushing Trump to urge his followers to get inoculated. He told Blitzer, “There’s no downside for him to do this. I think it’d be a very easy thing and I might try to get a hold of him even tonight and say something to him.”

Watch a clip of the segment below, courtesy of CNN:

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