First Baptist Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress is voicing his support for President Donald Trump’s demand for a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, saying Democrats are “morally liable” for what he called a humanitarian crisis at the southern border.
Jeffress, an outspoken supporter of the president, appeared on the Lou Dobbs Tonight show on Fox Business last week amid the government shutdown over Trump’s dispute with Congress for border-wall funding.
During the appearance Friday, Jeffress likened the border wall to a fence around a swimming pool. If someone has a pool without a fence around it, they could be liable if a child wanders into the water and drowns, he said.
“By opposing this president and his desire to build a wall around our border, I believe the Democrats are morally liable for the death of children, the assault of women, of the humanitarian crisis we’re seeing at the border right now,” he said.
Jeffress, a regular Fox News contributor, praised Trump’s Oval Office address in which the president pitched his $5.7 billion funding request for the wall and repeatedly referred to a “crisis” of violence and drug-smuggling.
A week ago, Jeffress went on Fox & Friends to fire back at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s statement that the border wall is an “immorality.”
Jeffress called her statement “absolutely absurd” and said there’s nothing immoral about a wall.
“The Bible says even heaven itself is going to have a wall around it,” he said. “Not everybody is going to be allowed in.”
Jeffress said Democrats are acting immorally by attempting to deprive Trump of a second term and the ability to make good on his promise of a border wall
The government shutdown, the longest in U.S. history, has left federal workers in Dallas and around the country without paychecks. But that’s not Trump’s problem, Jeffress said.
“So many people today are upset about government workers not receiving paychecks,” he said. “I understand that, but when the president took the oath of office, it was not the office of paymaster of the United States making sure everybody got their checks on time.”