Trump-Supporting Pastor Robert Jeffress: Banning Immigrants By Race Is Not Racism
Pastor Robert Jeffress of the First Baptist Dallas church claims that discriminating against immigrants based on their race and background is not racism.
Jeffress was asked by The Washington Post about President Donald Trump reportedly calling Haiti and African countries “sh*tholes,” and replied:
What a lot of people miss is, America is not a church where everyone should be welcomed regardless of race and background. I’m glad Trump understands the difference between a church and country.
I support his views 100 percent, even though as a pastor I can’t use that language. The country has the right to establish what would benefit our nation the most. I don’t think there’s anything racist about it at all.
Jeffress did not say which races and backgrounds should be excluded or why:
I wouldn’t let the language obscure the point he’s making: Why would we allow people who will not benefit our country? We have the right to screen [refugees] based on the economic benefit they might bring, and we can establish the criteria we want to use.