Trump Promotes Book by Religious Adviser who said Protesting NFL Players are ‘Lucky’ They Have Not Been Shot
President Donald Trump has never hidden his disdain for National Football League (NFL) players’ national anthem protests, deeming them un-American. The president has also made it clear he thinks the players should be suspended or fired for such protests.
This weekend, the president recommended a book by controversial Dallas pastor Robert Jeffries on his Twitter account. Jeffress is the pastor who made headlines for violent comments he made about protesting NFL players last month. Trump tweeted, “Great book just out, ‘A Place Called Heaven, by Dr. Robert Jeffress, A wonderful man!”
Jeffress has said in the past that he thinks God ordained Trump with the power to “take out” North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, that former President Barack Obama is “paving the way” for the antichrist, and that “godless infidels” are turning Americans gay.
Robert Jeffress, the pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, and Trump’s religious adviser said “NFL players kneeling to protest during the national anthem should thank God they do not have to worry about being shot in the head like they would be in North Korea.”
On Fox & Friends show, where the hosts and guests tend to be friends of the Trump administration, Jeffress made the controversial statement about NFL players who “take a knee” in protest of racism following Trump’s attack on free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
“I think what these players are doing is absolutely wrong,” Jeffress said. “These players ought to be thanking God that they live in a country where they are not only free to earn millions of dollars every year, but they are also free from the worry of being shot in the head for taking a knee like they would be if they were in North Korea.”
The comments about NFL players are not the first scandalous comments by this Dallas pastor. Jeffress has said in the past that he thinks God ordained Trump with the power to “take out” North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, that former President Barack Obama is “paving the way” for the antichrist, and that “godless infidels” are turning Americans gay.
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