The Christian Post reports:
One of President Donald Trump’s biggest evangelical supporters, Pastor Mark Burns who leads the Harvest Praise and Worship Center in Easley, South Carolina, says he mulling the prospect of challenging Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham for his seat in Washington when he’s up for election in 2020.
Burns who is a member of Trumps evangelical advisory board revealed in a statement on Sunday that he is being encouraged by supporters to challenge Graham for his seat in the U.S. Senate or seek some local government office.
“I am impressed by the many South Carolinians disappointed by the self-centered actions of Sen. Lindsey Graham and flattered by the many Americans who are urging me to challenge him. Still others are urging me to seek statewide office in 2018 when I am committed to re-electing our great Governor Henry McMaster. I will be praying over these challenges in the weeks and months ahead,” he said.
From a CNN report in September 2016:
A top Donald Trump surrogate admitted to falsifying his professional accomplishments after a contentious confrontation with CNN anchor Victor Blackwell. South Carolina preacher Mark Burns, who regularly introduces Trump at his campaign events, had listed on his church’s website that he had a Bachelor of Science degree and served six years in the Army Reserve.
Burns, however, was never in the Army Reserve. He was in the South Carolina National Guard, from which he was discharged in 2008, CNN found. As far as a Bachelor’s degree, North Greenville University told CNN he only attended the school for one semester. Burns admitted that he did not finish his degree when CNN asked him about it.
When CNN confronted Burns about the various professional and social exaggerations he had featured on his biography, Burns first said the page had “obviously” been either “manipulated or either hacked or added.”
After fleeing the CNN interview, Burns confessed to the lies but claimed he’s been targeted “because I am a black man supporting Donald Trump for President.” Burns was a featured speaker at the GOP convention.