The liberal leader of the Church of England is asking why Evangelicals support Donald Trump while an American pastor is ready with answers.
Archbishop Justin Welby made the comments on a British news show, when the TV host asked why "fundamentalist Christians" in the United States support Trump's presidency.
"No, I don't understand it," Welby told ITV. "I really, genuinely do not understand where that is coming from."
Welby, whose title is the Most Reverend as the archbishop of Canterbury, leads approximately 80 million Anglicans worldwide.
Welby's remarks were noticed by the liberal Huffington Post, which pointed out that 81 percent of white evangelical Christians voted for Trump over Hillary Clinton last year. Other media outlets have pointed out that Trump's support from Evangelicals in 2016 outpaced Mitt Romney in 2012.
"I'm not sure why [Welby's] so baffled by it," remarks Dr. Robert Jeffress, the pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas and an advisor to Trump.
"Beyond reviving the economy, rebuilding the military, remaking the judiciary," says the pastor, "President Trump is without doubt the most pro-religious liberty and pro-life president we've had in history."
OneNewsNow reported during the GOP presidential primary that Jeffress had joined Trump on the campaign trail, raising eyebrows among other Evangelicals who supported rival candidates. But the Southern Baptist pastor correctly predicted at the time that Trump would prevail on Election Day, and he has since defended the brash, real estate billionaire from complaints that Trump is ignorant of the Bible and Christianity.
Evangelicals at least have an audience with Trump, Jeffress has stated, whereas Clinton would have considered them a political enemy.
"To me," Jeffress tells OneNewsNow, "the real baffling question is why doesn't a so-called religious leader like the Archbishop of Canterbury support a pro-religious liberty and pro-life candidate like Donald Trump."
The answer to that question, he continues, is that Welby doesn't understand Evangelicals because he doesn't understand the Bible.
In just the last few months, under the guidance of Archbishop Welby, the Church of England has planned a special church service for a transgender person switching genders, and just this month instructed its schools to encourage preschool children to explore multiple genders as part of its "Valuing All God's Children" directive.
"This guidance helps schools to offer the Christian message of love, joy and celebration of our humanity without exception or exclusion," Welby said of the instructions.