Pastor Who Says Jews Are Going To Hell Spoke At Trump's Hanukkah Party
President Donald Trump made an odd choice in speakers at the White House Hanukkah reception on Wednesday, tapping evangelical Pastor Robert Jeffress, who has said in the past that Jews are going to hell.
According to HuffPost, the event included several prominent Jewish Americans, including New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz.
While Trump introduced Jeffress as a “tremendous faith leader,” HuffPost noted that in years gone by, the pastor as attacked both Islam and Mormonism as “a heresy from the pit of hell” and warned Jews that they must convert to Christianity to be spared hell’s fiery fate.
“Not only do religions like Mormonism, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, not only do they lead people away from the true God, they lead people to an eternity of separation from God in hell,” Jeffress said in a 2009 sermon. “You know, Jesus was very clear. Hell is not only going to be populated by murderers and drug dealers and child abusers. Hell is going to be filled with good religious people who have rejected the truth of Christ.”
But Trump does not appear much concerned with Jeffress’ theological musings about Jewish people; he cares more about how well the pastor performs on television.
“I’d watch him on different shows, and I’d say, ‘I like that guy. Man, he talks really great about me,’” Trump said at the Hanukkah event. “And I like people that talk well about me.”