Evangelist Franklin Graham, the president of Samaritan’s Purse, told the “Todd Starnes Show” on Friday that protesters outside the Republican National Convention prevented him and others from leaving the event during a night of unrest near the White House.
“Several gates that we tried to get out of, we were turned back by the police,” he said.
He said police informed him and other guests that it was too dangerous to exit through some gates due to protesters. Graham said they were led in another direction and were eventually able to get into a car.
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“We drove eight, maybe 10 miles, to circumvent all of the blocks that had been closed, to get around it all, just to get back to the hotel,” he said.
He told Todd Starnes, the host of the program, that if he had exited out of the original gate, he would have been accosted.
“These are not peaceful protesters which [Joe] Biden and [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi and people call them,” he said. “These are anarchists and they want to bring this country down.”
There were violent clashes between police in Washington, D.C., and protesters near the White House that resulted in eight arrests and viral videos on social media that showed police and protesters squaring off in the middle of the street and exchanging punches.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., took to Twitter to thank the city’s police force for saving his life after he and his wife were confronted by the angry mob.
Graham said besides the anarchists who tried their best to put a damper on the RNC’s final night, he enjoyed the event and said it was an “honor to pray” and thanked Trump for “allowing him to do that.”
Starnes pointed out that it seemed one of the reoccurring themes at the convention was faith and redemption.
“I believe that the president kept his promises from 2016, and if he says he’s going to do something, he’s going to do it,” Graham said. He continued, “We have a president who is going to fight for America and defend the church.”
He said Trump has respect for people of all faiths.
Starnes said Graham has warned that 2020 is a “defining election” for the future of the U.S.
Graham said it is frightening to see how communists have “infiltrated” schools and universities and the Democrat Party.
“The left wants to change the constitution,” Graham said. “And they want to bring in socialism.”