Franklin Graham, Pence Lead Prayer March Thanking God for Trump, SCOTUS Nominee

Christian evangelist Franklin Graham and Vice President Mike Pence led prayers Saturday at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, thanking God for President Donald Trump and his opportunity to nominate a third Supreme Court nominee.

Graham joined former Republican congresswoman Michelle Bachmann and Pence in declaring, "Our country is in trouble, and only God can fix the problems" faced by the United States. The trio led thousands of attendees at Saturday's 2020 Prayer March event just hours before Trump is set to announce his nominee to fill the vacancy created following Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death on Sept. 18. Bachmann called on God to "bind this president's minions" and secure a second Trump term in the upcoming November elections.

Graham, who is head of the humanitarian Samaritan's Purse organization, asked the thousands of attendees to bow their heads as "we pray today specifically for the president, Donald J. Trump."

"Father, our country is in trouble, we need your help. And father we pray today specifically for the president, Donald J. Trump. We know that he lost his best friend, his brother, just a few weeks ago. He hasn't even had time to mourn and to grieve and father we know how much he loved his brother. We pray father that you would comfort him," Graham said from the steps of the National Mall.

"And today, as he makes the announcement as to who will fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court, Father, give him wisdom to make your choice for our nation, and the impact that can have for years to come. Father, we thank you for him, Melania, all of their family."

Trump is expected to announce his nomination of U.S. Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court Saturday at 5 p.m. The president's move comes amid a congressional fight over Republicans' push to nominate Trump's third potential SCOTUS pick just weeks before the November 3 election.

Graham appeared on Fox News earlier Saturday to express his belief that secular politics and liberal Democrats have divided the country and are trying to suppress people of faith. "I believe the socialists in this country would like to shut the churches, but I'm going to just pray that we will turn our eyes to God," he told Fox & Friends co-host Pete Hegseth prior to the march.

Bachmann, a former lawmaker from Minnesota, offered words of prayer to Pence and Graham asking for "victory in Jesus' name," citing Trump's re-election bid.

"Lord would you make a way where there seems to be no way, Lord would you clear the enemy and bind this president's minions...return this president and vice president for the next four years, we need them, oh God, so they can continue to bring righteousness into this nation," Bachmann said.

The 1.8-mile Prayer March runs from the Lincoln Memorial to the steps of the Capitol. Videos shared on Graham's social media pages showed 44 buses bringing students and faculty from Liberty University.

Jane Graham Lynch, daughter of Franklin, co-hosted Graham's official livestream of the event and reiterated that "no politician and no political party" will be able to fix the country, which she described as being in "spiritual crisis."

Newsweek reached out to the Graham organization as well as the White House for additional remarks about the Prayer March Saturday afternoon.

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Franklin Graham and Vice President Pence led prayers thanking God for President Donald Trump's opportunity to nominate a third Supreme Court nominee. Screenshot: Franklin Graham | Facebook Livestream