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.”
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: