President Donald Trump will be given a second chance by his evangelical Christian supporters, according to the leader of a high-profile evangelical activist group, after allegations arose that he had cheated on his wife with porn star Stormy Daniels back in 2006.
"That support is not unconditional", he said. "They let him have a do-over", Perkins repeated in an interview with CNN later the same day.
Graham told Lemon he believes Trump's denials about his affair with Stormy Daniels, "and I believe that he's a changed person, and I've never seen anybody get attacked like he gets attacked".
Like Graham, Perkins stipulated that Trump's affair is alleged to have happened before he took office.
"Evangelicals understand what a second chance means and that's what that comment was made in the context of", Perkins said on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront". However, he noted that support for the president might waver if he were to engage in similar behavior at the present time.
On a recent airing of "Hardball with Chris Matthews" on MSNBC, Steele had this to say about evangelicals who turn a blind eye to Trump's immorality and lack of values: "I have very simple admonition: just shut the hell up and don't preach to me about anything ever again ..."
Perkins added that "yes, evangelical conservatives gave him a mulligan. They have no voice of authority anymore for me".
Perkins also praised what he saw as Trump's growth, becoming a president who has delivered on his campaign promises to religious conservatives, including by issuing "religious freedom" executive orders, such as those that allow people to exempt themselves from serving LGBTQ people if they have personal objections to homosexuality. Perkins even used the word "transactional" to describe the president's relationship with the Christian Right.
Like Graham and Perkins, most Evangelical Christians are still standing by Trump, with 61 percent approving of the job he's doing, as of December. "Loyalty is important to him, and I think in this transaction, he realizes, 'Hey, these are people I can count on, because they don't blow with the political winds'". But many have given the president a proverbial blank check.