Pastor Robert Jeffress of the First Baptist Church in Dallas said on March 27 that President Donald Trump's Supreme Court picks can cover a "multitude of sins" with Christian voters (video below).
Fox Business host Stuart Varney asked Jeffress how Trump's base felt about Trump since the Affordable Care Act was not repealed and Planned Parenthood was not defunded because the GOP House health care bill failed.
Jeffress, a longtime supporter of Trump, insisted that everything would be fine with Christians if Trump can get one or two conservatives on the Supreme Court:
Listen, the reason, Stuart, that evangelicals turned out by the largest margin in history to support President Trump was because of his commitment to select conservative Supreme Court justices, defund Planned Parenthood and protect religious liberty.
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As long as he delivers on those issues, eventually, I think all of this disappointment over the failure to repeal Obamacare will dissipate very quickly. It's amazing, Stuart, how one or two conservative Supreme Court picks will cover a multitude of sins with evangelicals.
And by the way, as far as Planned Parenthood, there's more than one way to defund Planned Parenthood.
After Jeffress said Christian evangelicals were focused on the Supreme Court, Varney insisted that those same voters also supported Trump for jobs, prosperity, lower taxes and smaller government, none of which Trump has delivered. Jeffress insisted that the repeal of the ACA, also known as Obamacare, was never a priority with evangelical voters.
Jeffress appeared again on Fox Business on March 29 where he was asked about the Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico, which said on March 26 that it was "immoral" for Mexican companies to invest in Trump’s proposed border wall. The archdiocese is Mexico's largest, and is based in Mexico City.
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The archdiocese's weekly publication featured an editorial that stated: "Any company intending to invest in the wall of the fanatic Trump would be immoral, but above all, its shareholders and owners should be considered traitors to the homeland," according to Reuters.
Jeffress hit back at the archdiocese and defended Trump's proposed wall by citing God and Nehemiah from the Old Testament and applying it to the current day U.S. and Trump:
Look, it is absolutely idiotic, this latest pronouncement. And look, you may remember, Lou, I reminded the president on inauguration day in my sermon that God's the one who thought up the idea of walls. God told Nehemiah to build a wall around Jerusalem to protect the citizens. Walls are God's ideas to protect nations.
I think until the Mexican diocese is willing to call for the removal of the walls around the Vatican, the removal of metal detectors from St. Peter's Square, and the unlocking of the doors of the Vatican at night, until they're willing to do that, they need to keep the heck quiet about our country wanting to protect itself against evildoers.