A pastor and early supporter of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign predicts so-called “Never Trumpers” will never support the commander in chief no matter his accomplishments.
Even after the release of three American prisoners from North Korea, Dr. Robert Jeffress – senior pastor of First Baptist-Dallas – predicts that Trump’s conservative critics will never admit they were wrong about him and his presidency.
“They are so blinded by their own hatred for this president, and I think they’re also blinded by their own pride,” says Jeffress (pictured below next to Trump), “they cannot admit that they were wrong in this election.”
Jeffress, in fact, surprised many Evangelicals when he backed Trump – despite the real estate magnate’s playboy reputation and foul-mouthed antics – during the Republican primaries.
The reason, the pastor said at the time, was simple: Trump was the only GOP candidate who could beat Hillary Clinton, which meant he was the only person who could stop a third term of Barack Obama’s left-wing policies.
Many other Evangelicals agreed, at least in the voting booth, and Trump went on to win more evangelical support on Election Day than previous Republicans.
Jeffress has since become a regular visitor to the West Wing, where he serves as a spiritual advisor to the famously non-spiritual Trump.
Asked in March about Trump’s alleged affair with an adult film actress, Jeffress told Fox News that Evangelicals knew they weren’t electing an “altar boy” when they voted for Trump.
“Secondly, evangelicals understand the concept of sin and forgiveness,” Jeffress also stated. “Look, we are all sinners. We all need forgiveness. That forgiveness is available through Christ for anyone that asks. Whether the president needs that forgiveness for this particular allegation, whether he’s asked for it is between him, his family and his God.”
Gary Bauer with American Values suggests that some prominent Evangelicals who have been quick to criticize the president appear reluctant to extend that concept of forgiveness to Trump.
“It’s very disappointing to see [that] some Never-Trumpers in positions of Christian leadership … don’t have the grace to commend the president when he accomplishes something very good,” he says in reference to the release of the three American prisoners from North Korea.
“Likewise,” Bauer continues, “some of the Never-Trumpers in the neocon foreign affairs community – as Donald Trump has moved the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, has gotten us out of the Iran deal, is rebuilding America’s military – are not willing to eat a little crow.”
Regardless, the support for the president is still high, Jeffress tells OneNewsNow, because he’s fulfilling his campaign promises.
What about those accomplishments?
Trump’s accomplishments, in fact, were the topic of a commentary by Washington Times columnist Robert Knight, who suggested it was past time to remind the public of what Trump had done after taking office.
“The Left, which turned a blind eye to the flagrant immorality of Ted Kennedy and Bill Clinton, is ordering evangelical Christians to abandon Mr. Trump,” Knight writes. “Before too many well-meaning people take the bait, a reminder of what Mr. Trump has accomplished might be in order.”
Compare that commentary to David French, the avowed “Never Trumper” writer at National Review, who claimed in a recent commentary about Trump-supporting Evangelicals that “fellow citizens” despise him and others because “all too many fellow believers have torched their credibility and exposed immense hypocrisy through fear, faithlessness, and ambition.”
French’s commentary was published with the same photo of Jeffress and other pastors pictured above.
Jeffress tells OneNewsNow that the frustration of the “Never Trumpers” is the lack of influence they have over Evangelicals.
Read more at Jeffress: ‘Never Trumpers’ will always stay mad.