Televangelist Pat Robertson blames Las Vegas shooting for disrespect for Trump, God & country

Robertson sees conspiracies everywhere he looks, including in the Las Vegas shooting

LAS VEGAS, N.V. — Televangelist Pat Robertson linked the mass shooting in Las Vegas last night, the deadliest in modern U.S. history, with “disrespect” for authorities, including Trump, the National Anthem, and veterans.

On The 700 Club today, Robertson and CBN correspondent Gary Lane discussed what little is known about shooter Stephen Paddock, including that he is not a military veteran and that he has no known connection with any terrorist groups.

Robertson, unwilling to leave, “not much is known at this point” alone, then started in on one of his patented crazy rants, where he blames all of society’s ills on not enough of us being good little Christian soldiers like him.

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“Violence in the streets, ladies and gentleman,” Robertson said. “Why is it happening?”

“We have disrespect for authority,” he charged. “There is profound disrespect of our president. All across this nation. They say terrible things about him.”

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That’s rich coming from Robertson, who said Obama wouldn’t go after terrorists because he was schooled at “Islamic madrasas,” which he was not, and that he was a “radical socialist” taught by those who “hate America.”

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Robertson also referenced what he sees as “disrespect” for the National Anthem and veterans, likely referencing the demonstrations taking place in the NFL, where players have been kneeling during the anthem to protest against police violence against people of color in this country.

“Until there is Biblical authority, there has to be some controlling authority in our society, and there is none,” Robertson continued.

“When there’s no vision of God, the people run amok,” he concluded, before throwing to a segment about the U.S. Supreme Court taking up a religious freedom case concerning a Colorado baker who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding.

The shooting in Las Vegas took the lives of 50 people, and injured hundreds more, surpassing the shooting at the LGBTQ nightclub Pulse, in Orlando last year, where 49 were killed and dozens injured.

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Jeff Taylor is a journalist and artist. In addition to QNotes, his work has appeared in publications such The Charlotte Observer, Creative Loafing Charlotte, Inside Lacrosse, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. He graduated from the State University of New York at Brockport and has lived in Charlotte since 2006.@jefftaylorhuman.