A Southern Baptist pastor who was among the first evangelical leaders to support Donald Trump – and was roundly criticized for it – is ecstatic about the president getting to choose another Supreme Court justice.
Over the last few weeks, decisions from the Supreme Court seem to have breathed new life into conservative Republicans who were starting to whither from divisions within and attacks without. Three weeks ago the high court handed down its decision in the Masterpiece case – then this week it ruled for pro-life pregnancy centers and the president’s travel ban, and against government unions. Then the shocker: Justice Anthony announced he’s retiring, meaning President Trump gets the opportunity for a second Supreme Court appointment.
According to presidential advisor Dr. Robert Jeffress, conservatives suddenly felt like they were back in the game again. “This remaking the judiciary is going to shift the direction of our country dramatically,” he told Fox News on Thursday. “It’s going to cement his legacy as a conservative, and I believe it will ensure his reelection.”
The Dallas-based Baptist pastor expects Trump to nominate a conservative constitutionalist who will then get through the Senate confirmation process.
“I think [that] would be tough for anyone except for Donald J. Trump,” Jeffress offered. “He has the guts to push forward in this. He knows the number-one reason evangelicals voted for him in the largest margin in history was because of his commitment to a conservative judiciary.”
And then eventually, he said, “a conservative court will either overturn Roe v. Wade or at least greatly diminish its importance and its power.”
For Jeffress, it’s a feel-good moment he’s been waiting for since being criticized by evangelicals who say he’s selling out by supporting President Trump. “What is happening right now vindicates our decision to choose Donald Trump as president,” he stated, “and I believe the #NeverTrump movement, still in evangelicalism, is going to be shut up forever.”
Radio commentator Mark Levin offered similar comments on Thursday afternoon on a Washington, DC, radio show:
“All these never-Trumpers out there, these former Bush administration officials or pseudo-Conservatives who have been trashing this President left and right … I don’t mean just disagreeing with him here and there but wishing him failure, trying to sabotage him, joining in with the left. SHAME ON THEM, SHAME ON THEM. He is correcting the courts, he’s correcting what Obama did, he’s trying to make sure this republic stands as it was intended to and he’s been outstanding when it comes to the judiciary. Can you imagine if Hillary Clinton had been President of the United States what would be going on right now?”
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