Pat Robertson Just Blamed Vegas Massacre On Not Loving Trump Enough
The far-right televangelist Pat Robertson, who has blamed LGBTQ people for hurricanes, set the bar even lower today by claiming that disrespect for our flag and our president are to blame in the heinous Las Vegas mass shooting that took place at a country music concert last night.
It couldn’t be that climate change exacerbates hurricanes or that the NRA lobby increases the chances for mass murder by pushing Congress to allow automatic weapons.
Stephen Paddock who committed the massacre had no religious or political affiliation, according to his brother, Eric.
Yet Robertson made Paddock’s horrific crime a theocratic matter:
Violence in the streets, ladies and gentlemen. Why is it happening? . . . The fact that we have disrespect for authority; there is profound disrespect for our president, all across this nation they say terrible things about him. It’s in the news, it’s in other places. There is disrespect now for our national anthem, disrespect for our veterans, disrespect for the institutions of our government, disrespect for the court system. All the way up and down the line, disrespect.
So, if we just respected Trump more, instead of mocking his ignorance and indecency, or if black athletes didn’t kneel during the National Anthem before football games, perhaps if we dispensed with the First Amendmentaltogether, then, just then, the white, male, multi-millionaire real estate developer would not have stockpiled 38 guns, as well as other explosives, and succeed in killing 58 people and wounding another 515.
Although Trump knows nothing about Christianity, the Christian Right has aligned itself with him in hopes of achieving their ends, such as the anti-abortion legislation the White House just endorsed.
By fraudulently touting misleading causes for such acts of terror, Robertson and his ilk further divide the populous, when so-called “Men of God” should be bringing us together, and they take us further away from the fact-based solutions that could help make America safe again.