President Trump paying tribute to Billy Graham is all the more ironic when we learn about how Graham did in Trump’s beloved pastor, Norman Vincent Peale.
It all started when John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon were squaring off to run for President. Billy Graham was an up and coming celebrity and was enamored with prominent politicians, especially Republicans.
Graham told Nixon he and other evangelicals were going to derail the Catholic, Kennedy. An organization was formed that included Graham. The roll out, however, was done by the more prominent Norman Vincent Peale. Peale told the media all the bad things about Catholics.
Kennedy was not mentioned but the press knew what this was all about and pressed Peale for an admission this was about politics. Peale denied it was about Kennedy and was rightfully accused of lying. Knowing full well he had lied Peale was devastated and resigned as head pastor of his mega church. The church did not accept his resignation. But, Peale’s confidence was shaken and he was never seen in the same favorable light.
Graham, meanwhile, was in Switzerland. The opportunity was there for him to come to Peale’s aid but he, like people on the way up, did not and moved on.
President Trump has referred to his family’s pastor, Norman Vincent Peale, many times. One has to assume Peale told Trump’s father about his experience with Billy Graham.
Trump, however, may have moved on and left Peale in the dust as Graham did.