Televangelist Pat Robertson Condemns Trump on Response to Protests

Rebekah Sager
June 04, 2020 - 7:50 am

Televangelist Pat Robertson criticized President Donald Trump this week on his response to the nation's protests over the brutal death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer. 

Comments from Robertson, founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network, come after police in Washington D.C. used what many are calling violent tactics to clear out a crowd near the White House, so that the president could take a photo in front of St. John's Episcopal Church. 

Trump called himself the "law and order" president and vowed to send U.S. military forces into cities if governors were not able to calm protests. 

"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 at the beginning of his daily talk show "The 700 Club." "But the President took a different course. He said, 'I am the "President of law and order,' and he issued a heads-up."

Robertson talked about race, saying "we are one" and "God made us all." "We've got to love each other, we just got to do that," Robertson said. "We are all one race, and we need to love each other."

However, Robertson has frequently denounced the religion of Islam and Muslim people. As the outpouring of rage emerged during Muslim protests in Europe over the cartoon drawings of the Prophet Muhammad, Roberts commented that it “just shows the kind of people we’re dealing with. These people are crazed fanatics, and I want to say it now: I believe it’s motivated by demonic power. It is satanic, and it’s time we recognize what we’re dealing with.”