Franklin Graham has called on Americans to support Donald Trump and Mike Pence after Meryl Streep criticized the president-elect during her speech at the 2016 Golden Globes.
Streep, who was accepting the Cecile B. DeMille award at the event, denounced Trump for his campaign rhetoric and referred to an incident when the president-elect appeared to mock Serge Kovaleski, a disabled reporter for the New York Times.
"It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter. Someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back," Streep said, adding that Trump's mockery of the reporter legitimized bullying.
In an interview with The New York Times, Trump denied that he intended to mock Kovaleski's disability.
The president-elect had previously stated that he was not aware that the reporter had a disability that affected the movement of his arms.
Graham took to Facebook and noted that the news about the Golden Globes was mostly about Streep's speech rather than the list of films that won an award at the event.
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The evangelist referred to a tweet by radio and television host Sean Hannity who reacted to the speech saying: "This is exactly why Hwood is DYING, what a bunch of hypocrites. Sex, violence, and drivel rule hwood. Turning the channel."
Graham, who is one of the faith leaders chosen to lead prayers at Trump's inauguration on Jan. 20, urged his followers to support Trump and Pence.
"I say, let's get behind our new President-elect and Vice President-elect Mike Pence and move forward together as a country," the evangelist wrote.
"They've already made a lot of progress before even officially taking office, and let's pray they continue to make positive changes for the future of America," he continued.
Graham did not endorse Trump during the campaign period, but he said he believed that God was instrumental in the president-elect's victory. In a recent interview with Fox News, he expressed his hope that people will come together at the inauguration to celebrate rather than to protest against Trump.