Robert Jeffress Says He Supports ‘Assassination, Capital Punishment or Evil Punishment to Quell the Actions of Evildoers Like Kim Jong Un’
Texas Christian evangelical Robert Jeffress, an advisor to the President on matters of faith, Tuesday afternoon applauded Donald Trump‘s astonishingly violent rhetoric toward North Korea. â€œIn the case of North Korea, God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong Un,â€ the megachurch pastor told The Washington Post.
â€œWhen it comes to how we should deal with evil doers, the Bible, in the book of Romans, is very clear: God has endowed rulers full power to use whatever means necessary â€” including war â€” to stop evil,â€ said Jeffress, who is both a Fox News contributor and, separately, hosts a syndicated religious TV show.
Romans 13Â “gives the government to the authority to do whatever, whether itâ€™s assassination, capital punishment or evil punishment to quell the actions of evildoers like Kim Jong Un,” Jeffress, who leads the 12,000 memberÂ First Baptist Church in Dallas,Â told the Post.
What Jeffress might not haver mentioned is just 12 hours earlier, he was advertising hisÂ “Countdown to the Apocalypse” series on his “Pathway to Victory” TV show. That show is broadcast across the nation and in 28 foreign countries. Jeffress also authored a book titledÂ Countdown to the ApocalypseÂ in 2015.
Pastor Jeffress’ 30-second commercial, which he posted to Twitter, opens with a wall of images including an LGBT pride flag, an ISIS flag, a photo of New York City’s Twin Towers in flames on 9/11, NYC police cars, a hand-written sign that says, “Education is a right! student debt is a crime!!” and other images which the evangelical pastor apparently thinks are signs of theÂ apocalypse.
â€” Dr. Robert Jeffress (@Robertjefress) August 8, 2017
“We live in shocking times,” Jeffress in the voiceover of his ad says. “In our own country, moral confusion abounds. Could we be living in the end times?” he posits.
He says in hisÂ “Countdown to the Apocalypse” show, “we’re learning how to interpret current events in light of Biblical prophesy.”Â
In the background, an iconic image â€“Â taken inÂ celebration of gay rights and same-sex marriage â€“Â of the White House lit in rainbow colors, a sign opposing “Christian fascists,” and more.
Is Jeffress is ginning up violent rhetoric and egging on the president to engage North Korea, possibly in nuclear war, in an effort to help his ratings?
Jeffress is closely linked to this White House. Hours before Trump was sworn in, Jeffress held a pre-inaugurationÂ private prayer service for the Trump and Pence families, and about 300 invited guests. He’s also served on Trump’s evangelical advisoryÂ board.
Jeffress has a long history of making anti-Muslim, anti-gay, anti-Mormon, and anti-Catholic remarks. He also has weighed in regularly on the nation’s politics, espousing a hate-filled far right wing viewpoint.
Just two days before the 2012 election, JeffressÂ said, â€œI am not saying that President Obama is the Antichrist, I am not saying that at all. One reason I know heâ€™s not the Antichrist is the Antichrist is going to have much higher poll numbers when he comes. President Obama is not the Antichrist. But what I am saying is this: the course he is choosing to lead our nation is paving the way for the future reign of the Antichrist.â€Â
Four years earlier, in 2008, Jeffress delivered a controversial sermon (audio here) titled, â€œGay Is Not OK,” which featured this condemnation:Â “What they [homosexuals] do is filthy. It is so degrading that it is beyond description. And it is their filthy behavior that explains why they are so much more prone to disease.”
That same year, theÂ Dallas ObserverÂ reported that Jeffress “said Mormon Mitt Romney wasÂ a member of a ‘cult’Â and who, in September, said that ‘Christians are uniquely favored by God, [while] Mormons, Hindus and Muslims worship a false god.’ And in the 1990s, he said that homosexuality causes ‘the deaths of tens of thousands every year through AIDS.’ He’sÂ super-tolerant. Then again, JeffressÂ has done quite a bit for the gay community: In 1998, while he was pastor at the First Baptist Church in Wichita Falls, he protested the library’s carrying such titles asÂ Heather Has Two MommiesÂ andÂ Daddy’s Roommate, which only served to make them more popular.”Â
Just two weeks before the Supreme Court handed down its 2015 ruling onÂ Obergefell, finding the Constitution does allow same-sex couples the right to marry, Jeffress appeared on Fox News,Â invoking the Holocaust, and tying it to supposed persecution of Christians.
“Christians,” Jeffress falsely told Sean Hannity, areÂ “losing their business because they believe in traditional marriage.”
“This isnâ€™t imaginary,” Jeffress said. “Itâ€™s real. And sure, it doesnâ€™t rise to the level of having your head chopped off by ISIS in the Middle East, but itâ€™s all the same attitude that allows for those attacks.”
“I want to remind people that, you know, the Nazis werenâ€™t able to take the Jews to the crematoriums, immediately,” Jeffress said, without a moment of remorse. “The German people wouldnâ€™t have allowed for it. Instead, the Nazis had to change public opinion. They marginalized the Jewish people, disparaged them, and make them objects of contempt.”
Hannity interrupted, to ensure Jeffress really thought “Christians are being marginalized the way Jews in Germany were?”
“Absolutely. They are being marginalized right now,” Jeffress insisted. “Treated as objects of contempt by the media and once that happens then the taking away of further rights will be very easy.”
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‘It Was Terrifying’: Former Top Pence Coronavirus Staffer Slams Trump – and Says He Calls Supporters ‘Disgusting’
A lifelong Republican says she’s voting for Joe Biden after witnessing first hand how President Donald Trump appreciated the coronavirus pandemic. Olivia Troye was Vice President Mike Pence’s homeland security, counterterrorism and coronavirus adviser. And she says she’s voting for Joe Biden.
Troye says Trump didn’t want to hear about the coronavirus “because his biggest concern was that we were in an election year, and how was this going to affect what he considered to be his record of success.”
Trump, she says, “doesn’t actually care about anyone else but himself.”
“You know I’ve been on the COVID task force from day one,” Troye says in a video recorded for Republican Voters Against Trump.
“I mean the virus was very unpredictable, at the beginning there were a lot of unknowns but towards the middle of February, we knew it wasn’t a matter of if COVID would become a big pandemic here in the United States, it was a matter of when. But the President didn’t want to hear that because his biggest concern was that we were in an election year, and how was this going to affect what he considered to be his record of success.”
She calls it “shocking to see the president saying that the virus was a hoax, saying that everything’s okay when we know that it’s not. The truth is, he doesn’t actually care about anyone else but himself. He made a statement once that was very striking. I never forgot it because it pretty much defined who he was, when we were in a taskforce meeting the president said, ‘maybe this COVID thing is a good thing. I don’t like shaking hands with people, I don’t have to shake hands with these disgusting people.'”
“Those ‘disgusting people’ are the same people that he claims to care about. These are the people still going into his rallies today, who have complete faith in who he is. If the President had taken this virus, seriously, or if he had actually made an effort to tell how serious it was, he would have slowed the virus spread, he would have saved lives.”
“It was the opportunity in honor of a lifetime, to be able to serve in the White House, I put my heart and soul into this role, every single day, but at some point I would come home at night, I would look myself in the mirror and say are you really making a difference? Does it matter because no matter how hard you work in what you do. The President is going to do something that is detrimental to keeping Americans safe, which is why you signed up for this role. It was awful. It was It was terrifying. I have been a Republican for my entire life. I am a McCain Republican, I am a Bush Republican, and I am voting for Joe Biden because I truly believe we are at a time of constitutional crisis. At this point it’s country over party.”
In this new ad @OliviaTroye reveals that during a COVID task force meeting, President Trump said "Maybe this COVID thing is a good thing. I don't have to shake hands with these disgusting people."
— Republican Voters Against Trump (@RVAT2020) September 17, 2020
As Coronavirus Exploded USPS Had a Plan to Send 5 Facemasks to Every Home – the White House Killed It
Back in April as coronavirus was exploding across the country, the U.S. Postal Service had a plan to send five reusable facemasks to every home across the country.
The White House killed the plan.
“USPS leaders drafted a news release announcing plans to distribute 650 million masks nationwide, enough to offer five face coverings to every American household,” The Washington Post reports.
“This unprecedented undertaking is being done in partnership with the White House Coronavirus Task Force,” the press release reads, “and a consortium of textile manufacturers.”
It called the project a “critical national initiative.”
The hardest hit areas would be the first to receive them.
“The service specifically identified Orleans and Jefferson parishes in Louisiana as the first areas to receive face coverings, with deliveries shortly thereafter to King County, Wash.; Wayne County, Mich.; and New York, according to the newly unearthed document, which is labeled a draft.”
Having drafted a press release means the project was pretty far ahead.
But top administration officials nixed it.
“There was concern from some in the White House Domestic Policy Council and the office of the vice president that households receiving masks might create concern or panic,” one administration official told the Washington Post.
The White House Domestic Policy Council includes President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. Its acting director is Brooke Rollins. It also includes most of the President’s Cabinet.
The Post adds that the Dept. of Health and Human Services “created Project America Strong, a $675 million effort to distribute ‘reusable cotton face masks to critical infrastructure sectors, companies, healthcare facilities, and faith-based and community organizations across the country.’”
Image: Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian via Flickr
Trump Falsely Claims He’s ‘Substantially Below’ His Coronavirus Death Projections – Then Tries to Blame ‘Blue States’
President Donald Trump is now claiming he has met his own expectations and prediction of the number of coronavirus deaths. That’s false.
The early on insisted that if the number of people who died from COVID-19 were 60,000 he would have done a good job.
Then he upped the number.
At the end of March Trump decreed, “if we can hold that down, as we’re saying, to 100,000, it’s a horrible number, maybe even less, but to 100,000, so we have between 100 [thousand] and 200,000, we altogether have done a very good job.”
On April 19 Trump told Americans, “It looks like we’ll be at about a 60,000 mark, which is 40,000 less than the lowest number thought of,” as if the pandemic had ended.
That was almost exactly five months ago.
The current death toll is now at 200,000.
“This was our prediction,” Trump said Wednesday, “that we do a really good job will be at about 100 – 100,000 to 240,000 deaths. And we’re below that substantially and we’ll see what comes out but that would be the good job, the not so good job was done he had been between 1.5 million I remember these numbers so well and 2.2 million.”
No credible and respected expert predicted 1.5 million to 2.2 million deaths.
“That’s quite a difference. So we’re down,” Trump said, again falsely.
He then went on to blame “blue states,” as if they somehow are not part of the United States. He’s also ignoring that the virus hit states which happen to be run by Democratic governors first.
“And that’s despite the fact that the blue states had had tremendous death rates. If you take the blue states at we’re at, at a level that I don’t think anybody in the world would be at, we’re really at a very low level but some of the states,” Trump said, again falsely.
“Because if you look at certain of them, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and a couple of others. We have to get those states open. It’s hurting people it’s hurting people far more than the disease itself.”
That, too, is false.
From ‘we will be down to zero cases in a few days’ to basically making the argument that if population centers didn’t exist he’d have the best COVID response in the world pic.twitter.com/70DXSLiOyw
— nikki mccann ramírez (@NikkiMcR) September 16, 2020
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