Jeffress: Why What Trump Has Said In The Past Doesn't Disqualify Him

October 21, 2016Oct 21, 2016

First Baptist Church of Dallas Pastor Robert Jeffress has long been a supporter of Donald Trump's bid for presidency, and he says Trump's aggressive tone and the things he's said in the past have not disqualified him for Christian voters.

In an interview with NPR Sunday, Jeffress said, "There are some who have concerns, but I think most of our members are mature enough to understand that by voting for a candidate, they're not endorsing a particular lifestyle. They're simply voting on the issues."

He added the evangelicals voted for Ronald Reagan, who also had a sketchy past with women, because they were endorsing his policies, not his past lifestyle choices. But Jeffress believes that, aside from his right-leaning policies, Trump has character qualities that do indeed make him a qualified leader, especially in this day and age.

"I think he was very strong in that [second presidential] debate," Jeffress said, "And I think he showed a real quality that every leader needs, and that's resiliency. I mean, let's face it, he's up against the ropes right now. But he hasn't thrown a pity party for himself. And I think if he should become commander in chief, we all want that in a leader, somebody who is able to fight back."

But when asked his position on not just what Trump has said in the past but the sexual misconduct being alleged against him, Jeffress replied, "If you decide that what he said is true and that he's actually done those things, then you have to make a choice. If the answer is not Donald Trump because he has verbally or otherwise assaulted women, do you really want to put a woman into the White House who supports the greatest assault on women of all? And that is murdering them in the womb before they have a chance to be born."

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See what Jeffress said in the same interview about whether Christians should be "meek" or "tough" in regards to our nation's future here.