Pat Robertson Tells President Trump That War Acts Against Protestors Are ‘Not Cool’
Pat Robertson, televangelist and political commentator, has made headlines many times for things he’s said that were extreme or provocative, typically with a hard right-wing bent. However, on Tuesday he spoke out against the Republican President of the United States, saying that Donald Trump’s authoritarian response to First Amendment activity is “not cool.”
Trump spent the weekend threatening to send armed forces into protest areas. On Tuesday, he was still belittling state and local authorities for their response to the protests that grew after the death of George Floyd. Peaceful protestors were roughly cleared from the area for Trump to perform for a photo op in from of a church Monday. On a call with the nation’s governors, he advocating putting protestors in jail for ten years, to prevent further civil uprisings. On Tuesday,
New York City put on an 11:00 P.M. CURFEW last night. No wonder they ripped the place apart. Should be 7:00 P.M. CALL UP THE NATIONAL GUARD. #SAVENYC
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 2, 2020
Responses have been mixed, with Trump’s most diehard supporters cheering the authoritarian moves, and others calling it a violation of First Amendment rights and a danger to freedom. On Tuesday, televangelist Pat Robertson joined this chorus, telling the nation the president should lead with love, not acts of war.
Crooks and Liars caught the clip above.
Is it a time for love or is it a time for war? You know, there’s a purpose of everything under heaven, we read in the Bible. And there’s a time. 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.” But the president took a different course. He said, “I am the president of law and order,” and he issued a heads up. 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.” Matter of fact, he spoke of them as being “jerks.”
You just don’t do that, Mister President! It isn’t cool!
Pat Robertson went on to suggest that Trump’s authority to act on these threats is questionable, before handing the program off to a co-host.