Pastor Robert Jeffress: Evangelicals Support Trump, But not 'Extra-Matrial Affairs' or 'Hush Money Payments'

A pastor who has previously courted controversy by suggesting that Islam promotes pedophilia and that Jewish people are going to hell has said evangelicals still back President Donald Trump—although they don't support “extra-martial affairs" or "hush money payments.”

Speaking in an interview with Fox News on Monday night following a White House dinner hosted by Trump honoring evangelical leaders, Pastor Robert Jeffress commented that evagelicals' support for the president had not been damaged by allegations from his former lawyer Michael Cohen.

“I know a lot of people are still perplexed—why are Christians so supportive of Donald Trump?” Jeffress, who is a member of Trump's Faith Advisory Group, told Fox News.

“Well, it's really not that hard to figure out when you realize he is the most pro-life, pro-religious liberty, pro-conservative judiciary in history and that includes either Bush or Ronald Reagan. I think that is why evangelicals remain committed to this president and they are not going to turn away from him soon,” he added.

Specifically addressing the claims by adult film star Stormy Daniels that she enjoyed an extra-marital affair with Trump shortly after the birth of his youngest child Barron, Jeffress commented that the allegations had not yet been proved, but that evangelicals would likely remain on team Trump regardless.

“We have to understand these are still allegations against the president, so I'm not going to judge the president on these things,” Jeffress said.

“But even if they were true, some of these allegations, I mean, obviously, we don't support extramarital affairs, we don't support hush money payments, but what we do support are these president's excellent policies,” he continued.

“And I think most thinking people can absolutely differentiate between the two. And don't be mistaking what is going on here. Those who hate President Trump, those on the left know that if they can dislodge his evangelical supporters from him, they have a shot at overtaking the White House. So I think the left is trying to shame people like myself continuously for supporting this great president. It's not going to work. We're not going to turn away from him," the pastor added.

Trump has long enjoyed support from the evangelical community, with a March poll from the Public Religion Research Institute showing 75 percent of white evangelicals had a positive view of the president.

Indeed, in an interview with CBN's Faith Nation, Jeffress underlined that the evangelical event was the brainchild of the president and the first lady, commenting: “The White House is very aware that evangelicals have been some of the staunchest supporters of the President. He won by the largest evangelical vote in history. He still has a 77 percent approval rating and I think they're genuinely appreciative of that."