Two prominent evangelical leaders are reiterating their support for Donald TrumpDonald TrumpPence: Supreme Court has chance to right 'historic wrong' with abortion ruling Prosecutor says during trial that actor Jussie Smollett staged 'fake hate crime' Overnight Defense & National Security — US, Iran return to negotiating table MORE after a new audio tape revealed the GOP presidential nominee making lewd comments about women.
Family Research Council head Tony Perkins told BuzzFeed News his support for Trump is about conservative policy stances, not personal values.
“My personal support for Donald Trump has never been based upon shared values, it is based upon shared concerns about issues such as: justices on the Supreme Court that ignore the constitution, America’s continued vulnerability to Islamic terrorists and the systematic attack on religious liberty that we’ve seen in the last 7 1/2 years,” Perkins said.
And Faith and Freedom Coalition president Ralph Reed cited abortion, the economy and the Middle East as keys to his continued backing of Trump.
“Voters of faith are voting on issues like who will protect unborn life, defend religious freedom, create jobs, and oppose the Iran nuclear deal,” said Reed.
“Ten-year-old tapes of private conversation with a television talk show host rank very low on their hierarchy of concerns,” he added.
Asked by BuzzFeed whether he would comment on the tapes, Reed replied, “I think the statement is self explanatory.”
Trump's lewd comments spiraled into a scandal on Friday afternoon after The Washington Post published video caught on a hot microphone before an appearance on "Access Hollywood."
The GOP nominee talked about unsuccessfully trying to bed a married woman and said that as a celebrity, women let him "do anything."
"You know I'm automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It's like a magnet. Just kiss. I don't even wait. And when you're a star they let you do it. You can do anything," he said in the audio. "Grab them by the p----."
Trump released an apology video late Friday night, expressing regret but defiantly attacked former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonFederal judge changes his mind about stepping down, eliminating vacancy for Biden to fill Joe Biden's gamble with history Can America prevent a global warming cold war? MORE for “abuse” of women, saying there’s a “big difference” between his words and Clinton’s actions.