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Pat Robertson Criticizes Trump's Military Response to Protests

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By    |   Wednesday, 03 June 2020 09:37 AM

Televangelist Pat Robertson blasted President Donald Trump’s military response to the George Floyd protests taking place across the country during the opening remarks of his TV show "The 700 Club" on Tuesday.

The onetime Republican presidential candidate slammed Trump for taking a law and order approach to handling demonstrations that have often become violent and destructive. People across the country are protesting the death of Floyd, a black man, who was killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis.

“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 on the Christian Broadcast Network's "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 also criticized Trump for calling governors weak.

“[The president] said, ‘I’m ready to send in military troops if the nation’s governors don’t act to quell the violence that has rocked American cities.’ In a matter of fact, he spoke of [the governors] as being jerks,” Robertson said. “You just don’t do that, Mr. President. It isn’t cool!”

Robertson then posed a question to his remote audience: Does the president have the authority to call out the troops? You have to go back to pre-Civil War days to find an ordinance to give him that authority, he responded.

“We are all one race, and we need to love each other,” Robertson said.

Robertson isn't the only religious leader critical of Trump's protest response.

Washington, D.C., Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory expressed his displeasure with the president and First Lady Melania Trump's visit to the Saint John Paul II National Shrine on Tuesday. 

On Monday, the Episcopal bishop of Washington, Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, said she was outraged with the president for his photo op holding a Bible in front of St. John's Episcopal Church. 

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