Pastor Robert Jeffress, also a Fox News contributor, argued that a recently-released audio of Donald Trump saying such things as, “When you’re a star, …Grab them by the p---y. You can do anything,” was no reason for family-values voters to renounce him.
In case you’ve been living under a rock, the hot mic recording of Trump lewdness has rocked the 2016 presidential campaign and has prompted calls for him to withdraw from the race.
But Jeffress, introduced on Fox News as a member of Trump’s faith advisory council, told America's Election HQ viewers he is sticking by the GOP nominee.
JEFFRESS: These statements were lewd, offensive, and indefensible, but they’re not enough to make me vote for Hillary Clinton.
[…] Look, I might not choose this man to be a Sunday school teacher in my church, but that’s not what this election is about. It’s about choosing the best leader to reverse the downward spiral of the nation.
Host Elizabeth Prann pushed back:
PRANN: But it’s also about electing someone with character, with judgment. He mentioned, comments that he’s learned a lot after ten years. He was still 60 years old when these comments were made. How much growth do you do between 60 and 70 years old? Has his judgment really changed since then?
Jeffress agreed character is a very important issue but he quickly deflected to Clinton:
JEFFRESS: When people suggest Trump is now disqualified because of his character they’re assuming that Hillary Clinton has a better character.
He then echoed Trump campaign talking points by attacking Clinton on e-mails and sex scandals. He added, “She supports the dismembering of babies through partial birth abortion. That’s hardly the high moral ground either.”
Prann again pushed back:
PRANN: We are going to do entire segments about Hillary Clinton on this show today but right now, you need to - you are speaking out on behalf of Donald Trump. You also lead a congregation. How do you convince those people that this man supports traditional family values when you hear comments like this?
Jeffress reiterated that he does not defend Trump’s actions or words. But the Bible teaches we are all sinners who all need Christ’s forgiveness, he said.
And maybe he thinks the Bible teaches we need conservative Supreme Court justices, too.
JEFFRESS: When it comes to family values, I would just say that the issue, I think, for conservative Christians in this next election is the Supreme Court. USA Today said last Friday that the next president is going to shape the Supreme Court, and therefore shape America, for generations to come. Donald Trump is the only candidate who said he will appoint justices who interpret the Constitution using the law rather than political correctness. And I just think, Elizabeth, as despicable as these comments are, I really believe conservative Christians need to keep their eye on what the real issue is in this campaign.
This is the same Pastor Jeffress who criticized Mitt Romney, during his 2012 presidential campaign, for focusing too much on the economy and not enough on “the moral and spiritual deterioration of our country.”
Watch Jeffress below, from the October 8, 2016 America’s Election HQ.
Ooh, it will be just so satisfying to see the fallout in your ‘godly’ mess of a party on Hillary Election Night. The Senate is a goneburger already, let’s face it, and I am hopeful that the House too will fall. The beautiful irony of it all is that the 30 odd years of baseless accusations and smears of the pretty marvellous Hills will mean that Republicans who cannot stomach Trumpelstiltskin will just stay home, leaving all those down-the-ballot boxes unchecked.
Although I’m convinced that Melanie knew(knows perfectly well what sort of man Trump was/is, I’m starting to feel sorry for her. She really and truly does seem to love him and that will be her downfall. In any case, I would beg to remind Trump’s followers that Melanie behaved very much like Hillary did over 20 years ago: a declaration of love and forgiveness. Bill stayed with his suffering yet forgiving spouse … what will Donald do?. In light of his history of serial polygamy, I can only hope that Melanie was wise enough to gather the evidence she’ll need to win a good settlement. Take him to the cleaners, lassie.
Isn’t your perspective backwards? The entire problem with Trump’s latest pie hole explosion is he isn’t talking specific women. He disrepects the entire sex. His excuse in the past was it was only him spewing hate at Rosy. We’re quickly learning he has contempt for all women. In fact, The Donald appears to only say nice things about his ass kissers.