Pope Francis on Thursday appeared to question Donald Trump’s faith, prompting Trump to angrily fire back: “No leader, especially a religious leader, should have the right to question another man’s religion or faith.”
And now coming to Trump’s defense is an outraged Robert Jeffress, a religious leader who questioned another man’s faith during the 2012 presidential campaign, when he called Mitt Romney — a Mormon — not a Christian.
This is getting surreal.
Jeffress, the pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas, told a reporter for FOX 4 News Dallas last night that the Pope’s comments were “outlandish” and called on the Pope to seek Trump’s forgiveness. And then, Jeffress took it even further.
“Look, I have to hand it to the Pope, he did perform a miracle today. He did something no other human being has been able to do in history, and that is turn Donald Trump into a martyr.”
At last check, Donald Trump was still alive.
Jeffress’ outrage is selective. During the 2012 Republican primary fight, when Jeffress was backing Texas Gov. Rick Perry, he went after Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith, calling it an un-Christian cult.
“That is a mainstream view, that Mormonism is a cult. Every true, born again follower of Christ ought to embrace a Christian over a non-Christian.”
If y’all find any report of Jeffress ever seeking Romney’s forgiveness for questioning his faith, let us know. Because we couldn’t find it this morning.
Here’s Jeffress’ FOX 4 interview from last night: