Evangelical Christian Jerry Falwell Jr said Trump could be more polished and politically correct but is not racist.
For other American leaders, however, such as Sen.
Multiple corporate leaders resigned from two business-related panels - a manufacturing advisory panel and a strategic and policy forum - after they were dissatisfied with Trump's response to a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia at which a Nazi sympathizer allegedly plowed his grey Dodge Challenger through a large group of people on a pedestrian mall, killing one woman and injuring 19 others.
Such comments went well beyond the president's assertions that "many sides" were responsible for the violence in Charlottesville and that the torch-carrying marchers included some "very fine people", but the evangelical leaders have clearly been reluctant to challenge Trump directly.
During Tuesday's news conference, Trump reiterated that "there is blame on both sides" for the violence and there were decent people on all sides of the protests. Trump also decried the removal of Civil War monuments to the Confederacy that several cities have deemed offensive for their connection to slavery.
We think, as Christians, as evangelicals - and we're not monolithic. Several evangelical leaders spoke out against racism from their pulpits on Sunday, but fewer have directed criticism toward Trump specifically.
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SC pastor Mark Burns, one of Trump's most vocal Christian defenders, posted a video on the day of the march distancing Trump from the white supremacists who said they were rallying in the president's name. Falwell said they misunderstood that support.
Board members have gone far out on a right-wing religious limb and condemned racism, somewhat reluctantly.
Lemon asked Bernard if he had spoken to anyone at the White House and seemed somewhat surprised to learn that the Advisory Board was largely ceremonial. Huckabee noted that only one person on a faith council that advises Trump had stepped down since the controversy.
The pastor of a megachurch in Brooklyn, New York publicly announced that he has resigned from President Donald Trump's Evangelical Advisory Board early Friday evening.
Johnnie Moore, a former vice president of Liberty University, said in a text message that the group still plans to extend invitations to Bernard on various issues. "I don't believe he supported neo-Nazis, I don't believe he's supporting white supremacists at all", Burns said in an interview with MSNBC on Saturday. "I would have personally said stronger (things) in reference to the KKK, neo-Nazis, but I don't have all the information".
GJELTEN: Not directly. I should point out, however, that before the election, one member of Trump's evangelical group did resign.
Denny Burk, a professor of biblical studies and ethics at a Southern Baptist college in Kentucky, called the president's comments "morally bankrupt and completely unacceptable".