KEY POINTS

  • Paula White prayed for all "Satanic pregnancies" to be ended
  • Critics ask why an evangelist supports abortion
  • White said it was a metaphor, meant as a prayer against evil plans
  • White has known Trump for almost 20 years

In one of the more unexpected leaks to come out of the White House lately, a newly released video shows President Donald Trump’s spiritual adviser leading a prayer for “all Satanic pregnancies” to end in miscarriage. Unsurprisingly, this has sparked both outrage and confusion from Trump’s supporters and critics alike.

During a sermon on Jan. 5, Special Adviser to the White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative Paula White railed against “witchcraft” and called for “all Satanic pregnancies to miscarry right now.”

“We declare that anything that’s been conceived in satanic wombs, that it will miscarry, it will not be able to carry forth any plan of destruction, any plan of harm,” White can be heard in the short video.

Some have taken White’s words literally as calling for the termination of particularly pregnancies, an unusual act given both White and the White House’s firm stances against abortion.

White has faced backlash on Twitter over her sermon, with some Christian leaders condemning her remarks. In one case, Jesuit priest James Martin tweeted that “no pregnancies are Satanic. Every child is a gift from God.”

Others, including White herself, have said that she was speaking metaphorically, and was instead making a reference to “demonic plans” which White intended to undermine with prayer. White also said that critics of her sermon were employing “a disingenuous attempt to use words out of context for political gain.”

Although White has only been with the White House since last October, she has known Trump for nearly 20 years. Before becoming Trump’s personal pastor, White made a name for herself as an outspoken televangelist from Florida. She is a well-known advocate of the prosperity gospel, which essentially equates material and financial success with a sign of being in God’s good graces.

While her sermons are often characterized by their fiery, impassioned nature, it is not especially common for a pastor to call for the miscarriage of unborn children – literally or metaphorically.

James Dobson, the evangelical founder of Focus on the Family, once said that White “personally” led Trump to the Christian faith.

Paula White Pastor Paula White speaks on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. On that day, Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States. White was a Trump supporter throughout his campaign, recently appearing on The Jim Bakker Show on Monday to show more support toward him. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images