Evangelical leader Franklin Graham on Friday, Nov. 1, called on the nation to pray for President Trump as House Democrats move into a new phase of impeachment inquiry.

Graham wrote in a statement shared on social media, saying it’s a “sad day for America” when Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Democratic lawmakers had “weaponized the impeachment process,” by passing a resolution for its impeachment inquiry.

“This is a sad day for America. Our politics in this country has hit a new low. Nancy Pelosi and her followers in Congress have weaponized the impeachment process. After two years of the Russia collusion hoax, now they’ve turned to this,” he said.

“In my opinion, asking another country to investigate corruption is a good thing—not a bad thing. This is just another attempt to tarnish and embarrass the president before the next election. We have so many problems in this nation that need to be addressed. Instead the Democrats are fixated on only one thing—removing President Donald J. Trump from office,” the pastor continued.

“Pray for President Trump today, for God to give him wisdom, protection, and guide each and every step he takes. I pray that he and Melania will sense the presence of the Lord through this unjust inquisition,” Graham said.

His statement drew more than 200,000 comments and shares.

Hours later, Graham introduced the t-shirt sample as a reminder to “PRAY for 45.” 

Earlier, twenty-five church leaders and advisers gathered at the White House on Tuesday morning, Oct. 29, to pledge their unwavering support for the president.

Graham, the son of the late evangelist Billy Graham and president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, has supported Trump throughout his presidency.

The pastor and a group of more than 250 evangelical leaders in March called for a “Special Day of Prayer” to protect Trump from his “enemies” who “continue to try everything to destroy him, his family, and the presidency.”

Graham also warned in early October that the United States “could begin to unravel if an elected president is thrown out of office because of lies and the media.”