During a recent debate on Fox News, the question was asked whether evangelicals sold their souls – and their Christian witness – by backing President Donald Trump.
Fox News Analyst Juan Williams started the latest broadside against evangelicals with an editorial he recently penned, titled “Evangelicals Sell Their Souls for Trump.”
Trump advisor, Dr. Robert Jeffress – who serves as the senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas – was found to be in no mood to let that assertion pass.
Subsequently, the two met up on Martha McCallum's prime-time show, The Story, where Williams pointed out how immoral Trump had been in the past.
“I'm very interested in understanding why white, evangelical Protestants are so supportive of Donald Trump,” Williams pointed out on the program. “I think now it's 68 percent – double every other demographic or religious group in America.”
Jeffress quickly struck back, emphasizing how evangelicals were left with little choice in the general election.
“Evangelicals had a binary choice in 2016 between Donald Trump – who admittedly, by his own admission, is not a Sunday School teacher or a saint – but he has become the most pro-life, pro-religious liberty, pro-Israel president in history,” he asserted.
Jeffress followed up by pointing out that neither candidate in the 2016 presidential election was a paragon of morality.
“The other choice was Hillary Clinton, and although my friend Juan describes her as kind of St. Hillary of Chappaqua, she's hardly a bastion of virtue herself,” the evangelical leader impressed to Williams.
He went on to stress the Democrats’ presidential nominee track record on morality and integrity pales in comparison to Trump’s.
“If I am going to hell, Juan – like you say I am for supporting Donald Trump – then that means you're going to be a hundred floors below me for supporting Hillary Clinton,” Jeffress insisted.