Trump's evangelical pastor explains why he left advisory board

On Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, the host sat down with the  Rev. A.R. Bernard, who spilled his guts about being the only member of President Trump‘s Evangelical Advisory Board to resign. Bernard left shortly after Trump’s reaction to the protests in Charlottesville because Trump did not condemn white nationalists or the KKK — and things were pretty shaky even before that. When Bee asked him how many seconds he was on the council before he realized he wasn’t going to effect change, he said, “Meeting two.”

Bernard had hoped to be an influential minority voice on the advisory board, but during a dinner with Trump, he said he found the president’s listening skills to be a bit lackluster. “It was like a person who was so fascinated with being where they are, that that was the most important thing,” he said.

Bernard encouraged his fellow evangelicals to hold the president accountable for his actions, and despite disagreeing with Trump, he could see a silver lining. “I interpret it as a Saul,” he said, “someone who was put into power not at the desire of God but as a concession to the people, and who ended up exposing the spiritual and moral condition of the nation.”

Full Frontal With Samantha Bee airs Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m. on TBS.

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