Trump’s Pet Preacher: Climate Change “Imaginary”

September 27, 2019

Texas Monthly:

(Pastor Robert Jeffress) is also known, of course, as one of the president’s most avid and outspoken advocates. While other evangelical leaders were slow to get behind Trump—James Dobson, for example, wondered about Trump’s religiosity—Jeffress campaigned with him before the 2016 primaries even started, before Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio flamed out. If some evangelicals who now back Trump fret that they’ve entered into a Faustian bargain, for Jeffress it’s a wholehearted embrace. It’s become one of the most fascinating symbiotic relationships in modern politics: the pastor gets a national platform for his message and a leader who appoints conservative judges who will in turn restrict access to abortion; the president gets the support of evangelical voters he needs to win reelection, along with an energetic and effective promoter who can explain or excuse all manner of polarizing behavior. 

When the Access Hollywood tape leaked before the election and America heard Trump brag about grabbing women, Jeffress went on Fox News to say that the candidate’s words were “crude, offensive, and indefensible, but they’re not enough to make me vote for Hillary Clinton.” 

After the president said there were “some very fine people on both sides” of the deadly clash between white nationalists and counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, Jeffress appeared on the Christian Broadcasting Network to say that Democrats were falsely painting Trump as a racist. “Racism comes in all shapes, all sizes, and, yes, all colors,” explained the pastor. “And if we’re going to denounce some racism, we ought to denounce all racism.”

When the adult-film actress Stormy Daniels announced that she’d had a sexual encounter with Trump and was paid to keep quiet before the election, Jeffress explained in a Fox News debate with Juan Williams that evangelicals “knew they weren’t voting for an altar boy.”


4 Responses to “Trump’s Pet Preacher: Climate Change “Imaginary””

  1. dumboldguy Says:

    Always like to hear about these “get rich for Jesus” whores and hypocrites that will say anything to get attention and get the money rolling in from the ignorant. This abomination that calls himself a “pastor” has a net worth of ~$15 million—-I wonder how many of the poor that Jesus spoke of so often could be helped if he spread that $$$ around rather than Scrooge McDucking with it in his basement. It’s almost hard to believe that people like “the pastor” exist (although it’s not hard to believe that they would be Trump supporters—-demons of a feather stick together, I guess).

  2. doldrom Says:

    This kind of theology reminds me of the joke, about the pastor who sets out in his boat to lead a service at a church across the water. People around him worry and warn him that bad weather is coming, but he counters that God will protect him. Having set sail, he encounters another boat, the skipper waves and tells them to go back, because there is a bad storm coming up. A little later they meet another boat, heading back to shore. The crew wave and tell them they will perish if they don’t head back, but the pastor tells them God will keep him safe. Not much later the boat capsizes, the pastor drowns, and goes to the afterlife. He says to God: “Why didn’t you protect me.” God replies: “I did. For goodness sake, I warned you 3× but you just wouldn’t listen.”

  3. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    Ah, they left out all the times Jeffress had called for Obama’s impeachment.

  4. And he does it all tax free. Why, it’s a miracle!
    Isn’t comforting to know they assemble the plutonium triggers for nukes right there in the Bible Belt? Among all these armageddon evangelicals… “doing god’s work” ’cause ya know, he needs help.

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