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Phil Robertson 'Enthusiastically' Backs Donald Trump: 'At Least Republicans Aren't Killing their Children'

( [email protected] ) May 16, 2016 12:52 PM EDT
Duck Dynasty's patriarch Phil Robertson has said he is "enthusiastically" backing the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Trump, as he believes the billionaire businessman can fix America's "spiritual" problem.
Phil Robertson stars in a Citizens United documentary called Torchbearer. Photo Credit: Karolina Wojtasik/A&E

Duck Dynasty's patriarch Phil Robertson has said he is "enthusiastically" backing the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Trump, as he believes the billionaire businessman can fix America's "spiritual" problem.

"The issue in America, in my opinion, is much larger than presidents, prime ministers, kings," the 70-year-old reality star said in an appearance on FOX News' "Hannity" this week, according to The Christian Post. "The issue before us, in my opinion, is a spiritual one. I don't think it's a political fix. Politicians can help."

Previously, Robertson backed Ted Cruz, citing the Texas Senator's faith and adherence to the Constitution. However, while Trump was his second choice, Robertson said that he believes God will be the source of the businessman's common sense as well.

"All men are like grass in all their glory - like the flowers of the field. The grass withers, the flowers fall, but the Word of the Lord stands forever," Robertson said. "We have a spiritual problem in America ... That's the crux of the matter."

In a separate interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the reality star said he will always vote on the Republican ticket due to his views on abortion.

"I'll go with the platform that I discovered when I was 28," he said. "I looked at the Democrats and the Republicans, and at least the Republicans aren't for killing their children or for perversion, so I'm a Republican. So I'll back old Donald."

When asked if he thinks Hillary Clinton is a "good candidate" on the other side, Robertson said her "long" record proves otherwise: "I know which way we'll go with her, but I'm not sure with Donald. And remember, I'm a hunter. We shoot squirrels and ducks and eat 'em, and she says she'll take our guns. All we're doing is shooting targets, and alligators and cottonmouth snakes, and she wants to take that away from us?"

The outspoken "Duck Commander" stars in a Citizens United documentary called Torchbearer, which screens at the Cannes Film Festival this week. The documentary explores in depth what happens to Western societies when God is absent from public life.

"When you remove the God of the Bible and suppress the truth and allow men and women to determine right and wrong, historically speaking, it always ends in carnage and murder," he told THR. "Hitler, the Caesars of Rome, the French Revolution, ISIS. Man, there has been a slaughterhouse on planet Earth, and the common denominator is the removal of God. We're killing babies in their mother's womb now. You were in your mother's womb, dude. If someone went in there and threw this future reporter away, you wouldn't be talking to me, so give me a break."

When asked about the biggest issue currently facing America, Robertson said, "One little lie or anything else, it's all sin and sin is killing America. It's not a political fix we need, it's a spiritual one."

Phil Robertson's son, Willie, has also backed Trump due to his extensive business experience and dedication to preserving the family.

"Our system is broken...I think a lot of the politicians are just more of the same. I want someone in there who can shake it up...I like a man who puts his money where his mouth is and isn't in debt to anyone...I think [Trump's] the man for the job," he told Fox News earlier this year.

"He's run a business and I think, you know, so many of these people come in. They've never run a business. They don't know what they're doing when they get there, and I just like somebody who's run a business, especially New York City. I think that's an advantage. I think you couldn't be that successful in New York City without having to be able to work with different kinds of people, and I think he's done that and I think he will actually work with other people," Willie said.

When asked about Trump's often controversial statements, Robertson laughed and said, "I grew up with Phil, so I'm used to that."

He added, "[I like Trump's] non-nonsense attitude. We need somebody tough."