President Donald Trump is facing intense scrutiny for meetings he hosted at the White House in the past several months.
In one case, Trump was seen in multiple photos meeting with controversial Christian Pastor Robert Jeffress. Trump invited Jeffress to the White House, despite the pastor’s well documented history of disparaging remarks to women and LGBT people.
Throughout Trump’s campaign and presidency, he has abandoned civil liberties and common decency. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that Trump has invited such deplorable figures to join him in the White House.
Pastor Jeffress and Trump administration media director Dan Scavino both promoted Jeffress’s visit through a series of social media posts. Check it out, via Twitter:
— Dan Scavino Jr. (@Scavino45) May 3, 2017
— Dr. Robert Jeffress (@robertjeffress) May 4, 2017
— Dr. Robert Jeffress (@robertjeffress) May 3, 2017
On the eve of signing a controversial “religious freedom” executive order, President Donald Trump spent time with a right wing pastor who has vehemently opposed LGBTQ rights.
Trump’s social media director Dan Scavino Jr. tweeted a photo of the president posing happily with Pastor Robert Jeffress in the Oval Office on Tuesday. Jeffress, who is a senior pastor at Texas’s First Baptist Dallas church, made headlines in 2012 for comparing gay people to pedophiles, and was criticized by former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on the campaign trial for being extreme.
The pastor’s rigidly conservative views, particularly those that pertain to LGBTQ rights, have repeatedly been the source of controversy. “There are a disproportionate amount of assaults against children by homosexuals than by heterosexuals ― you can’t deny that,” he said in a 2012 installment of his “Pathway To Victory” radio program, according to the Dallas Observer. “The reason is very clear: homosexuality is perverse, it represents a degradation of a person’s mind and if a person will sink that low and there are no restraints from God’s law, then there is no telling to whatever sins he will commit as well.”