The adviser compared the United States to hostile regimes like North Korea, where any form of protest often sees protesters imprisoned or killed.
Dr. Robert Jeffress, an Evangelical pastor and religious adviser to President Trump, has quickly developed a reputation for making big-league statements about the president, as reported by Department of Memes. Only a month ago Jeffress made the bombastic revelation that “God has given Donald Trump full authority to destroy Kim Jong Un.”
Well, this week Jeffress turned the energy up a notch by declaring that NFL athletes who kneel during the national anthem before games, a move largely considered disrespectful to the American flag and the country it represents, should be “thanking God” that they don’t live in a country like North Korea, where they would be “shot in the head” for taking such a blatantly unpatriotic stance on the national stage.
Jeffress, a Southern Baptist who leads the First Baptist Church in Dallas, made his high-energy comments on a Monday episode of Fox And Friends on Fox News during a debate on the overpaid athletes “protesting” by getting down on their knees like a five-dollar gutter whore.
Jeffress refused to back down to political correctness, staying he stood “by my comments as taken within their full context,” and pointed out “It is an absolute fact that in many countries of the world professional athletes would be imprisoned ― or worse ― for publicly opposing their nation’s anthem or disrespecting their national leaders.”
He went on, “If any member of the press doubts this fact, then I would encourage them to take a trip to North Korea themselves, publicly shame Kim Jong Un and then see what happens. All of us should thank God every day that we live in a country where we do not have to fear government persecution for expressing our beliefs.”
The Dallas pastor is one of the few who appears fearless to speak truth to power in an era where Republicans are cucked by social tolerance standards and pressure to break with President Trump on every major issue.
“I think tens of millions of Americans agree with President Trump when he says they ought to be called out for this,” the pastor said. “I know this president. President Trump is not a racist. For President Trump this is not about race. It’s about respect of country.
Those numbers would seem accurate, given that most of the country voted for Trump, who ran on a pro-America, pro-police and military platform, and given that NFL viewership is already in sharp decline across the board.