Romney Tweet about Robert Jeffress Falsely Paints Faithful Christians as Bigoted Extremists
Early Monday morning, ahead of the ceremony officially moving the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, former Massachusetts governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney took to Twitter to savage Pastor Robert Jeffress, who was slated to offer a prayer at the ceremony.
"Robert Jeffress says 'you can’t be saved by being a Jew,' and 'Mormonism is a heresy from the pit of hell,'" Romney tweeted. "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."
In other words, Romney, who ardently courted evangelicals when he ran for president, is upset because a Christian pastor had the audacity to affirm the orthodox and widely held Christian belief that Jesus is the only way to heaven.
An hour later Jeffress shot back on Twitter. "Historic Christianity has taught for 2,000 years that salvation is through faith in Christ alone." he wrote. "The fact that I, along with tens of millions of evangelical Christians around the world, continue to espouse that belief, is neither bigoted nor newsworthy."
The tweets, of course, set off a media firestorm as the MSM and enemies of Christianity (but I repeat myself) jumped at the opportunity to denigrate orthodox biblical Christianity.
NBC's Andrea Mitchell shot out of the box with this:
Later in the day, at least two reporters at the White House briefing, glomming onto Romney's slur, demanded to know why a bigot was invited to give the prayer. Here's one exchange between a White House reporter and deputy press secretary Raj Shah (who, incidentally, ran opposition research for Mitt Romney's 2012 campaign):
Shah told reporters that he hadn't heard Jeffress' remarks, but added, "Those aren't remarks the president believes." (I'll leave it for readers to decide what that says about Trump's professed Christian faith.)