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GOP Sen. Agonizes Explaining His Support For Trump: It’s a Conundrum’ When I Look At His Moral Decisions


GOP Sen. Agonizes Explaining His Support For Trump: It’s a Conundrum’ When I Look At His Moral Decisions

During an interview on CBS’ “Face The Nation” on Sunday, Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford (R) criticized President Donald Trump over the rhetoric and language he uses in his tweets and lamented that supporting the president is a “conundrum” because of his questionable “moral decisions.”

“I don’t think that President Trump as a person is a role model for a lot of different youth,” the Republican senator said. “That’s just me personally,” he continued.

“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. He comes across with more New York City swagger than I do from the Midwest and definitely not the way that I’m raising my kids,” Lankford added.

“Saying that, there are policy areas that we agree on and when we agree on those things we work on those things together,” Lankford said. “But it’s also been a grand challenge to be able to say, for a person of faith, for a person who believes that there is a right way to go on things I- I wish that he did. And he was more of a role model in those areas.”

He also added that for “people of faith, it’s a bit of a conundrum at times that I look at some of the moral decisions that he’s made and go, I disagree with that.”

He also discussed being asked for comment by members of the press for his take on some controversial tweets the president sends out.

“It is the most interesting question that I get almost every day when I walk through anywhere in the Capitol, someone from the press will say, the president just tweeted out this. What do you think about it? And put it- put a microphone in my face and say, answer for any kind of moral statement or he just said a curse word in a public setting. I know you’re a person of faith. Go answer for this,” Lankford, who is a member of a weekly prayer group hosted by some in the Senate, said.

“Again, the president has a spokesperson, and I’m not the president’s spokesperson. I have a responsibility for myself and my team and for what my family’s going to do. And then I’m also going to try to set what I believe is the right role model,” he continued.

Speaking further on the matter, Lankford said that “one of the interesting things about Washington, D.C. is I don’t get to pick the people that I work with.”

Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), who is also a member of the prayer group, also appeared during the segment, and said that “the president’s been a real challenge for me to find ways to work with.”

“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,” the Delaware Democrat said.

“We’ve had a conversation about his treatment of refugees and his blocking folks from coming to our country and the so-called Muslim ban that he enacted right when he was elected. And we’ve also had a conversation about abortion and reproductive rights. And I think we vigorously, vigorously disagree on both,” Coons added.

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