A Texas megachurch pastor said on Friday that religious followers who support Trump at the polls are more spiritually devoted than their counterparts, according to a Newsweek report.
First Baptist Dallas Church pastor Robert Jeffress, speaking with on Fox & Friends, said that people who believe in absolute moral and spiritual truth tend to vote those convictions at the ballot box, citing a Pew Poll that suggests 70 percent of evangelicals continue to support the president.
Trump should not be concerned about recent figures that suggest the number of evangelicals has dropped 1.4 percent in the last three years, since those that remain are more honest about their beliefs, added the religious leader.
“Even though the evangelical number has dropped as a whole, the number of evangelicals turning out at the ballot box is greater than other groups, and it's because evangelicals have deeper convictions,” said Jeffress, who previously defended Trump’s payments to adult film actress Stormy Daniels.
The statements mirror similar claims the Dallas pastor made in 2018 when he said evangelicals still support the president, even though they don’t condone “extra-marital affairs” or “hush money payments.”