Rev. Graham's tour evokes evangelical support for Trump

'First line of defense': Impeachment deepens some evangelicals' affinity for Trump

GREENVILLE, N.C. -- GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) —

The prominent evangelist Rev. Franklin Graham doesn't mention impeachment as he speaks to thousands of Christians on a tour of his home state of North Carolina this month.

But evangelicals who are turning out to see Graham didn't necessarily need his warning that "our country is in trouble" in order to tap into their deep-rooted support for President Donald Trump.

Graham's tour, which he began in 2016, is titled Decision America — carrying political and religious undertones — and some evangelicals who turned out to see him say that Trump's political crisis is deepening their support for the president.

The depth of pro-Trump sentiment from Graham and his followers indicates that impeachment could burnish the president's relationship with a white evangelical base that sees him as unfairly beleaguered.