I’m not handing it to Pat Robertson at all, he’s an awful homophobe, but as someone who has watched a ton of clips from his show…this one from today peaked my interest pic.twitter.com/stEauoywMz
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) June 3, 2020
Courtesy of CNN:
Televangelist Pat Robertson on Tuesday condemned President Donald Trump’s response to nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd and police brutality, saying “you just don’t do that, Mr. President”
His comments come amid criticism of police tactics used to clear out a crowd of peaceful protesters near the White House Monday ahead of Trump’s walk across the square they had been protesting in and photo op in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church. Trump, who on Monday touted himself as a president of “law and order,” vowed to send US military forces into cities if governors did not quell protests that at times have turned violent. Trump has been condemned by church leaders over the move and his inflammatory rhetoric that has stoked racial tensions.
Robertson, founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network and one-time presidential candidate, spoke about the protests at the beginning of The 700 Club on Tuesday and said now is a time for understanding and comfort.
“It seems like now is the time to say, ‘I understand your pain, I want to comfort you, I think it’s time we love each other,'”Robertson said. “But the President took a different course. He said, ‘I am the “President of law and order,’ and he issued a heads-up.”
Robertson continued. “He said, ‘I’m ready to send in military troops if the nation’s governors don’t act to quell the violence that has rocked American cities.’ A matter of fact, he spoke of them as being jerks. You just don’t do that, Mr. President. It isn’t cool!”
Putting aside how awkward it is to hear Pat Robertson say the word “cool” this is a fairly big deal.
Pat Robertson is known for almost literally inserting the bat shit into “batshit crazy,” so for him to call Trump for his attempts to send the military out to deal with protesters is the kind of thing that might break through to Trump’s base.
So now you can spend your day mulling over the fact that we now live in a world where Pat Robertson is more reasonable than the president of the United States.
And yes, that should scare you.