TV preacher Pat Robertson says a lot of strange things. I know because I’ve chronicled them over the years. But, like the proverbial broken clock that is right twice a day, Robertson occasionally utters something that makes sense. He did it recently during a discussion about President Donald Trump’s post-election behavior.
Commenting on Trump’s attempts to overturn the election results on his “700 Club” show on Monday, Robertson said, “I had prayed and hoped that there might be some better solution, but I don’t think – I think it’s all over. I think the Electoral College has spoken. I think the Biden corruption has not totally been brought to fruition, but it doesn’t seem to be affecting the Electoral College, and I don’t think the Supreme Court is going to move in to do anything.”
He added, “I think we’re going to see a President Biden, and I also think we’ll be seeing a President Kamala Harris not too long after the inauguration of President Biden. So just keep your eyes on the future.”
Now, there’s still some wacky stuff here. The claims about “Biden corruption” call out for proof, and Robertson’s implication that Biden won’t be in office long is disturbing. (For what it’s worth, Robertson’s track record as a prophet is pretty bad. In 1980, he predicted that the Soviet Union would invade several Middle Eastern nations, seize their oil and plunge the world into a prolonged depression that would pave the way for the rise of the Antichrist. More recently, he predicted that Trump would win the election but that an asteroid would hit the Earth shortly thereafter.)
Robertson has generally been supportive of Trump, but yesterday he told his television audience that the president “lives in an alternate reality” and that his behavior is “erratic.”
Observed Robertson, “It would be well to say, ‘You've had your day. It’s time to move on.’”
Robertson, who founded the Christian Coalition, isn’t quite the powerhouse in the world of Christian nationalism that he used to be, but he still commands a sizeable TV audience. Unlike other Religious Right leaders who have backed Trump’s daft conspiracy theories about stolen votes and hacked voting systems, the Virginia Beach evangelist seems to realize that it’s time to move into the reality-based community and prepare for the Biden-Harris administration.
For just a brief moment perhaps, Robertson is actually filling the role of the Christian nationalists’ voice of reason. I don’t normally recommend listening to Robertson, but this time, it might be all right to make a brief exception.
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