One of United States President Donald Trump’s top evangelical Christian allies, Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress, has recognised Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden, as president-elect.
The move comes amid Trump’s refusal to concede defeat after media networks projected Biden as winner of the November 3 election in the country. He has continued to alleged voter fraud without evidence.
Jeffress offered advice on how fellow Trump supporters should embrace the development.
In an online column published by Fox News, where he is a frequent commentator, he wrote that Biden’s victory is a “bitter pill to swallow.”
“It’s always easier to submit and to pray for someone when he was our preferred candidate. 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 senior pastor at First Baptist Dallas, one of Texas’ biggest megachurches, was one of Trump’s earliest and most visible conservative Christian supporters in the 2016 campaign.
He is said to be a frequent visitor to the White House.