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Pro-Trump Pastor Who Said Jews Are Going To Hell Speaks At White House Hanukkah Party

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This past Wednesday, December 11, President Trump signed an executive order intended to attack pro-Palestine “#BoycottIsrael” movements on college campuses.

The order initially gained massively negative attention for its alleged redefinition of Judaism as a nationality rather than religion.

The final version of the order contained no such language, though many are still critical of the bill’s scope and the potential motivations behind it.

Signaling Trump’s lack of actual empathy for the spread of antisemitism, he signed his executive order at a White House Hanukkah reception and invited a Christian evangelical leader with a long history of hateful comments towards Judaism to speak.

Among those in attendance at the reception were Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, Alan Dershowitz, a Harvard professor and Trump supporter, and Pastor Robert Jeffress.

Jeffress, who Trump referred to as a “tremendous faith leader,” often appears on cable news and has described Trump as “the most pro-faith President in history.” Trump previously chose Jeffress to open the new US embassy in Israel.

In 2010, however, Jeffress described Islam and Mormonism as “a heresy from the pit of hell.”

He went on to say of Judaism:

“Judaism ― you can’t be saved being a Jew.”

But that’s not all.

In a 2009 sermon, Jeffress said:

“Not only do religions like Mormonism, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, not only do they lead people away from the true God, they lead people to an eternity of separation from God in hell. You know, Jesus was very clear. Hell is not only going to be populated by murderers and drug dealers and child abusers. Hell is going to be filled with good religious people who have rejected the truth of Christ.”

It’s fairly obvious why Trump was eager for Jeffress to speak at a Hanukkah reception—not his faith, but his support of the President himself.

On Fox & Friends earlier this year, Jeffress said the country would suffer a “Civil War-like fracture” if Trump was impeached and removed from office.

He also claimed Democrats worship Gods that sacrifice children.

Jeffress also attacked climate activist and frequent Trump target Greta Thunberg. For his part, Trump hasn’t been shy about what draws him to Jeffress.

At the Hanukkah reception, the President commented:

“I’d watch him on different shows, and I’d say, ‘I like that guy. Man, he talks really great about me.’ And I like people that talk well about me.”

The classic award-winning book Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins: 25th Anniversary Edition is available here.

“On the first night of Hanukkah, a weary traveler named Hershel of Ostropol eagerly approaches a village, where plenty of latkes and merriment should warm him. But when he arrives not a single candle is lit. A band of frightful goblins has taken over the synagogue, and the villagers cannot celebrate at all! Hershel vows to help them. Using his wits, the clever trickster faces down one goblin after the next, night after night.”

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Written by Collin Gossel

Collin Gossel is a writer and comedian living in Brooklyn, New York, but there are nights when he looks up at the stars and wistfully thinks to himself “there’s got to be more out there…” You can catch Collin improvising new musicals every Tuesday night at the Magnet Theater’s Musical Megawatt, or follow his unfiltered thoughts on Twitter and Instagram @CollinGossel.--