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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

Pat Robertson, the 700 Club host who once suggested gay men living with HIV try to infect others through handshakes, went on a rambling monologue in defense of President Donald Trump that suggested he shut down investigations into the Russia scandal and dismiss special prosecutor Bob Mueller.

“He [Trump] can grant a pardon to everybody involved in this thing if he wants to,” Robertson said. “He has every right to shut Mueller down and say, ‘You have gone as far as you need to and I have instructed my Justice Department to close you down.’”

Robertson doesn’t seem interested at all in whether crimes were committed. His only concern is the preservation of Trump’s corrupt presidency.

“He can grant a blanket pardon for everybody involved in everything and say, ‘I pardon them all, it’s all over, case closed,’” Robertson said. “He’s got to shut this thing down, he’s just got to.”

Robertson’s comments are troubling due to the fact that his viewers are primarily evangelical Christians. White evangelicals voted overwhelmingly for Trump, a nonreligious, thrice-married reality star.

Watch the clip below.

Chris Sosa is an associate editor at AlterNet. His work has appeared in Mic, Salon, Care2, Huffington Post and other publications. Previously, he was a campaign specialist and media spokesperson for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisSosa.

 

12 Responses to Pat Robertson: Trump Must Shut Down Mueller Probe

  1. Robertson’s right, Trump can shut Mueller down any time he chooses.

    The question is whether Trump should shut down Mueller.

    When has Trump ever paid any attention to what he should do?

    My money says Mueller’s gone before the end of February and the Republicans will not make Trump pay any political cost.

    It’s up to the voters to punish Trump and the Republicans. I am not hopeful.

      • Ah, yes, but Nixon did not have a Ministry of Information in Fox. Nixon himself had some ethics. Any Nixon’s Republicans were Americans with a conscience.

        Trump could shoot someone in New York, and Fox would find some way to blame Hillary.

  2. The problems with Robertson’s suggestion regarding a Presidential pardon are as follows:
    1. The individual must be convicted of a Federal crime. This does no good if any state level charges are brought.
    2. The recipients must publicly acknowledge their guilt and publicly express remorse for their actions, and promise restitution where necessary.

    As to his advice regarding firing Mueller, an innocent man should have no fear of someone investigating him. Look at Bill Clinton. He knew Ken Starr would find nothing because there was nothing. That is why his entire impeachment was based on denying he had sex with Monica Lewinski in the trial where Paula Corbin Jones tried to sue him.

  3. A “sane” devotion to Religion is obviously missing when we consider Pat Robertson, Sarah Huckabee, Pence, and others like them. Instead, we have an entire sordid subset of Christianity—Evangelical—which includes zealots from each of the sects comprising the fractured entity called “Christianity”. (Islam suffers the same fate, except the zealots fall under sects with different names in its equally tragic fractured foundation).

    One thing Muslims will not go out of there way publicly to display is exalting known self-proclaimed sexual abusers. In fact, the splintered schools of Islamic Jurisprudence would all agree that such a public show of egregious behavior would warrant a strongly-worded Fatwa, and would have the “perp” publicly humiliated, or worse.

    Pat and other clerics, i.e., pseudo-clerics, are OK with openly embracing someone who is proud to display anti-Christian sentiments on a daily basis. The foundation of the edifice of Christianity continues to be openly and shamelessly defiled by Sarah Huckabee, Pat Robertson, and a legion of other so-called Christians(“CHRINO” ‘s). This is not what Jesus deserves given the efforts and the sacrifice He made to rehabilitate the character of humanity during His time.

  4. So Robertson is saying the faith he claims to practice is only relevant when he uses it to whack people over the head with his Bible. Otherwise, hookers, sexual assault, theft, lies and all the other fun stuff are what makes America great

  5. Pseudo-clerics abound within the Evangelical fold. I wouldn’t be surprised if most clerics in that sect only had the equivalent of an 8th grade exposure to Christian theology and Exegesis.

    The movement sparked by the Anabaptists of the 16th Century has misshapen the minds of many adherents, as we can discern by just looking at the Southern Baptist population.

    And the “Born Again/Salvation” concept of Evangelicalism trivializes every aspect of the Message of Jesus, with its hopelessly simplistic reductionism of His Teachings. With the narrow-minded thinking of evangelicals like Pat, little wonder that Religion has been made into a caricature of what it is intended to represent, thereby compelling many to abandon Religion in droves as a viable institution.

  6. He also blamed the financial crash of 2009 on homosexuality and Planned Parenthood. If it’s possible for someone to inspire gay people to be even gayer than they already are, Pat Robertson would do it.

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