Deviating from his prepared remarks, former President Donald Trump addressed the congregation of the First Baptist Church in Dallas Texas, with a Christmas message saying that “Our country needs a savior right now. Our country has a savior. And It’s not me,” according to DFW CBS News.
“It’s America first. And make America great again. We will do it. Thank you all very much,” Trump concluded.
Trump spoke to the 4,000-seat congregation after being invited by its pastor, Robert Jeffress, according to local ABC News.
Trump “was in Dallas for a nationwide tour with former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly with a stop at the American Airlines Center. Seats on secondary sites were going from $45 up to $212,” said ABC.
Jeffress vouched for Trump’s Christian bona fides, saying his congregation “loves” Trump for “his policies, especially the moral and spiritual principles on which he stands.”
“He is a great friend to Christians everywhere,” Jeffress said according to the Dallas Morning News. “I can say this without any dispute at all, he is the most pro-life, pro-religious liberty, pro-Israel president in the history of the United States of America.”
Trump was not so sanguine about the prospects for America however.
“We’re in trouble, we’re in trouble now,” said Trump. “I think our nation’s in great trouble. I don’t think we’ve ever had a time like this.”
Trump went on to excoriate the Biden administration over the bungled withdrawal from Afghanistan, the crisis on the border, oil prices and inflation “which is going to rip our nation to pieces.”
Trump went on to credit the country’s faith in Jesus Christ as the source of its success and it’s strength.
“We have to remember that Jesus Christ is the ultimate source of our strength and our hope,” he said. “And here and everywhere and for all time Jesus Christ and we just want to thank everyone who believes.”