President Trump said Friday he plans to remotely watch Easter Sunday services hosted by First Baptist Dallas Pastor Robert Jeffress, who has a well-documented history of making anti-LGBTQ remarks. He once claimed that gay people “molest children,” called gay people “filthy” and wrote that “homosexuality is a perversion.”
Trump told reporters at the daily White House COVID-19 briefing that he would watch Jeffress’s services on a laptop as the nation avoids large gatherings due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“We have Easter Sunday, and I’m going to be watching Pastor Robert Jeffress, who’s been a great guy,” Trump said. “And I’m going to be watching on a laptop. Now a laptop is not the same as being in his church or being in another church. It’s not.”
President @realDonaldTrump reveals #Easter plans: “I’m going to be watching Pastor @RobertJeffress, who’s been a great guy, and I’m going to be watching on a laptop… He’s a terrific guy, a terrific man.” pic.twitter.com/48R5e8BNQA
— The Hill (@thehill) April 10, 2020
Jeffress, a Fox News contributor and a member of the Trump campaign’s “Evangelicals for Trump” coalition, said in a 2011 interview on Trinity Broadcasting Network that the Bible claims “every other religion in the world is wrong.” He also suggested during a 2008 sermon that Mormons, Muslims, Hindus and Jews will be sent to hell.
“Not only do religions like Mormonism, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism — not only do they lead people away from the true God, they lead people to an eternity of separation from God in hell,” he said. “Hell is going to be filled with good religious people who have rejected the truth of Christ.”
Media Matters reported earlier this year that a lesbian teenager who was “seriously considering suicide” was advised to “change her sexuality” when she came to Jeffress for guidance, reports