Yee-haw, Happy Hanukkah! What better way to celebrate than to invite an anti-Semite over to the house for a Hanukkah party. Wait, who would do that? No one would do that! Right? Wrong! Of course, Pres. Donald Trump would do that.
The White House held its annual Hanukkah party on Wednesday and during the party, Trump actually signed an executive order aimed at targeting anti-Semitism. And all throughout all of this sat Pastor Robert Jeffress of the First Baptist Church of Dallas.
— Dr. Robert Jeffress (@robertjeffress) December 11, 2019
Jeffress has a long history of making hella offensive remarks about Jewish people, Mormons, and Muslims. In fact, during a 2011 interview, he said that the Bible makes the claim that “every other religion in the world is wrong.” To be fair, most Baptist preachers say this—blatantly.
But this mofo carried it forward further than that, even.
“Islam is wrong, it is a heresy from the pit of hell. Mormonism is wrong, it is heresy from the pit of hell,” Jeffress said. “Judaism — you know you can’t be saved being a Jew.”
In a 2008 sermon, he also said that Muslims, Mormons, Jews, and Hindus would all be sent straight to hell.
“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,” he said. “Hell is going to be filled with good religious people who have rejected the truth of Christ.”
Want to know something else that makes all of this even uglier? This clown actually led the prayer at the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem in 2018.
At that time, Jeffress was actually called out by none other than Mitt Romney.
“Robert Jeffress says “you can’t be saved by being a Jew,“ and “Mormonism is a heresy from the pit of hell.” He’s said the same about Islam. Such a religious bigot should not be giving the prayer that opens the United States Embassy in Jerusalem.”
Robert Jeffress says “you can’t be saved by being a Jew,“ and “Mormonism is a heresy from the pit of hell.” He’s said the same about Islam. Such a religious bigot should not be giving the prayer that opens the United States Embassy in Jerusalem.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) May 14, 2018
All of that aside, our asinine president reiterated his “support” for Jewish people and the Jewish religion. It seems he remembered he has some Jewish kinfolk, claiming that the Jewish religion is “a cherished part of our family.”
“I will always celebrate and honor the Jewish people,” Trump said.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) December 12, 2019
That didn’t stop him from giving a huge shout-out to Jeffress.
“Robert Jeffress, I see you right here,” Trump said. “And what a tremendous faith leader you are and a tremendous man you are. Pastor, thank you for being here so much, also. We appreciate it.”
His daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared, both of who are Jewish, were with him at the event.
The Times of Israel was not amused, and neither are the rest of us.
Featured image via White House Twitter