Prosperity preacher Joel Osteen is facing major backlash over remarks he made about Donald Trump nearly six months ago. While on a press run for his book, The Power of I Am: Two Words That Will Change Your Life Today, the senior Lakewood Church pastor called Trump “a good man.”
It all happened during an appearance on Fox News Radio’s Kilmeade & Friends last October. Brian Kilmeade played a clip of former president Bill Clinton sharing his thoughts on Trump while on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Kilmeade asked Osteen for his own two cents on Trump’s overall campaign message of making America great again.
Despite admitting he hadn’t been keeping up with politics, Osteen based his opinion on his personal relationship with Trump, saying,
“I think it’s simple to understand ‘make our country great again.’ but, again, I’m not really up to speed on all the politics. I think [the message] resonates to, ‘Hey, maybe the country is not where it should be. Let’s get back to where we were.’ Like you said, Mr. Trump is an incredible communicator and brander, like Mr. Clinton said. He’s been a friend of our ministry. He’s a good man.”