A Republican Senator from Oklahoma says he doesn’t think that President Donald Trump is a role model for young people in the United States, citing his tweets and choice of words in his public comments.
Senator James Lankford was asked directly about Trump’s morality by CBS News host Margaret Brennan:
“During the Clinton impeachment, we often heard from Republicans that criticism and the call for an American president to be a moral leader. And we heard about moral failings. These days you will quietly hear criticism of the president from Republicans, but you don’t hear that loud criticism in the way we did 20 years ago. What has changed?”
“I’m not sure if anything has changed. There’s still this ongoing conversation about policy and about responsible leadership and about role models.
“I don’t think that President Trump as a person is a role model for a lot of different youth, that’s just me personally. I don’t like the way that he tweets, some of the things that he says, his word choices at times are not my word choices.”
The Senator also admitted that he finds it difficult to pray for Trump:
“I’ll tell you that praying for the president is probably one of the greatest spiritual challenges I’ve had to work through in my life.”
However, Lankford also noted that he has been appreciative of some areas where he has been able to work with the current president on issues that are important to conservatives:
“(Trump has) been very, very protective of areas like life and very protective of areas of religious liberty to be able to allow people to be able to live their faith out.”
The interview with Lankford comes just days after Christianity Today published an editorial suggesting that Trump was “profoundly immoral” and needed to be removed from office.
Two articles of impeachment which were passed by the House of Representatives before Congress left for its holiday recess are expected to be delivered to the Senate sometime in early January. While it seems unlikely that the GOP-controlled Senate will vote to convict Trump and remove him from office, some Republicans are making it clear they think the president needs to be punished for withholding military aid to Ukraine unless prosecutors in the country would agree to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.
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