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.”
Even though the comments were made six months ago, and not an actual endorsement, the clip is just now resurfacing again and proving to be a problem for Osteen fans. Many went on Twitter to voice their displeasure.
Others, however, aren’t the least bit shocked by Osteen, who’s reportedly worth $40 million, speaking highly of Trump.
Osteen has yet to comment.
Update: Osteen’s reps reached out to News One host Roland Martin after the preacher’s name became a top trending topic on social media. According to the reps, Osteen hasn’t endorsed anyone for president.
I was just sent this from @joelosteen’s office: “Contrary to the misinformation currently making the rounds on social media, Pastor Joel Osteen has not endorsed any candidate for President of the United States.”
(Via Fox News)