Prominent Trump backer Jeffress admits Biden has won, then reverse himself

President Donald Trump participates in the Celebrate Freedom Rally
U.S. President Donald Trump (L) is greeted by Pastor Jeffress at the Celebrate Freedom Rally in Washington, U.S. July 1, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas - RC1D49DEEB40
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Daily US Times: Evangelical pastor Robert Jeffress become one of the few high-profile supporters of Donald Trump to publicly acknowledge that the election was won by his opponent Joe Biden.

In an opinion piece for Fox News, Jeffress wrote: “When Joe Biden becomes president, we should commend him for the things he does right. We should condemn the things he does wrong. And above all, we must pray fervently for our president.”

“If President Biden succeeds, we all succeed. May God bless Joe Biden, and may God bless the United States of America,” he added in his piece.

Jeffress, who traveled with President Trump during the 2016 campaign and a frequent visitor to the White House, is the senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Dallas, and his sermons are carried on 1,200 television stations across the United States.

Jeffress is also a frequent guest on Fox News, Trump’s most favourite channel, so his voice reaches many evangelical Trump voters. His message to those refusing to accept Joe Biden’s apparent victory was simple: Don’t be hypocrites.

“It’s always easier to submit and to pray for someone when he was our preferred candidate,” Jeffress wrote, adding that “But the rubber really meets the road when the person who takes office is not the one we supported.”

“Here is our chance to show that Christians are not hypocrites,” the pastor said.

He also said that President Trump was fully within his rights to challenge the election results in court, but he remains skeptical that those actions will yield a new winner.

In a phone interview with the Dallas Morning News, he said: “I don’t pretend to be an election expert. I trust that if there is that kind of fraud that it would be uncovered.”

However, Jeffress abruptly reversed himself On Wednesday, saying that the outcome of the election would not be decided until the Electoral College votes in December.

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