Thursday, June 4, 2020

He's Lost Pat Robertson

Here's a moment that I never expected. Donald Trump has apparently lost Pat Robertson, who called out Trump's response to this last week's protests. Trump floated the idea of sending in the military to police American cities, which is banned under the Posse Comitatus Act. It's a truly terrible idea regardless of your political ideology.

Televangelist Pat Robertson scolded President Donald Trump on Tuesday over his threat to send the U.S. military into American cities to control civil unrest. “You just don’t do that, Mr. President,” Robertson said on his “700 Club” TV show, then he raised his voice: “It isn’t cool.”

In comments posted online by Right Wing Watch, Robertson also called out Trump for getting the tone all wrong in dealing with the people protesting against racial injustice in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd, a Black man in Minneapolis, last week.

“You know, there’s a purpose to everything under heaven, you read in the Bible, and there’s a time,” he said. “And I think 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.”

But Trump, he said, took a very different approach.

Whether Pat Robertson should the arbiter of what is or isn't "cool" is a whole other question, but it's surprising to see this because up until now Robertson has been a big Trump supporter. Trump's response was also called out by several prominent Republicans over the idea of sending the military into American cities. At least they're cognizant enough of what that would mean to know it's a very, very bad idea.

I neither want nor need the military in my neighborhood. And keep in mind, I say that as someone who lives on the north side of Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis. That's a block and a half from Lake Street for those of you who don't live here. We had the National Guard here over the weekend and that was already more military presence than we needed.

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