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Invocation at Melania Trump event asks for the 'kind of grace' shown to adulterers, murderers

Donald Trump holds up his Bible during a campaign stop in Council Bluffs, Iowa. (AP/Nati Harnik)

BERWYN, Pa. — A Trump supporter tasked with delivering the invocation for Melania Trump's campaign event at the Main Line Sports Center in this Philadelphia suburb asked God that the "same grace" shown to flawed men in the Bible also be shown to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Gwenne Alexander, executive director of ACTION of PA, or Americans for Christian Traditions In Our Nation, prayed to open a special campaign event headlined by the candidate's wife on Thursday.

Alexander pointed to characters in the Bible, like David and Paul, as "adulterers" and "murderers" who were nonetheless used by God.

"You used all these people in their frailties," Alexander said.

The invocation gave a rare window into the evangelical case for Trump, a man who in his personal life has often fallen short of Christian ideals. Trump has often been on the defensive about his faith — a self-described Presbyterian, the candidate said early in the campaign that he doesn't like to "have to ask for forgiveness," a key tenet of the Christian faith.

However, the candidate has been quick to point out the moral failings of his political foes — in his most recent television ad, "Unfit," the Trump campaign points out that emails being investigated by the FBI in its look into Democrat Hillary Clinton's use of a private server were found on "pervert Anthony Weiner's" computer.

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