Ron DeSantis, Donald Trump mourn Pat Robertson

Trump DeSantis
Political rivals remember a fallen religious giant, a man who ran for President once himself.

Despite the bitterness of the 2024 presidential race, the two front-runner Republicans are jointly mourning the death of a spiritual leader.

In the wake of the passing of 700 Club founder Pat Robertson at age 93, both Ron DeSantis and Donald Trump are expressing condolences.

“(First Lady Casey DeSantis) and I are saddened by the loss of Pat Robertson and we join many in lifting his family up in our prayers,” the Governor tweeted from his non-official Twitter handle.

Former President Trump expressed his sentiments on Truth Social.

“Today the World lost an incredible and powerful Voice for Faith and Freedom. Pat Robertson showed us that Belief in God produces results that can change the course of History. Pat’s legacy lives on in the many endeavors and lives that he touched. He will be greatly missed. Our hearts and prayers are with his Family!”

Other presidential candidates are weighing in as well. “Pat Robertson touched so many lives and changed so many hearts. He stood for America — and more importantly, for truth and faith. He did the Lord’s work and we will always remember his witness,” Nikki Haley said.

Former Vice President Mike Pence offered his own condolences.

“Pat Robertson’s bold faith was an inspiration to millions and we mark his passing with a sense of personal loss. Through his writings, broadcasts and advocacy, Pat touched countless lives with the gospel of Jesus Christ including mine,” Pence asserted.

“I have long been inspired by his stand for America and our traditional values. Pat Robertson will be deeply missed. Karen and I send our deepest sympathies and prayers to Gordon, the entire Robertson family and all who cherished this good and godly man. America is poorer but Heaven is richer with the passing of this faithful servant. God bless Pat Robertson.”

Robertson ran for President himself in 1988, a campaign highlighted by taking 25% in the Iowa Caucuses, only losing to fellow Midwesterner Bob Dole. His influence over 20th century American Protestantism and his political savvy are just two of the many things politicians and citizens will mourn about the fallen religious leader.

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  • PeterH

    June 8, 2023 at 12:59 pm

    Grifter Pat Robertson has a history of extreme, bigoted commentary — including that gay people and abortion caused 9/11, that Haitians deserved the 2010 earthquake that ravaged the island nation, and that feminists are evil.

    Hell has a special place for this fact-less televangelist annunciator of hate, manipulation, greed and racism. He has no reservation in purgatory or heaven.

  • Don’t Look Up

    June 8, 2023 at 1:14 pm

    Pat Robertson offered today’s GOP a lifeline to crazy talk that furthered conspiracy theories! DeSantis will surely rename a highway after Pat Roberson!

    The 700 Club, Robertson’s long-running program on the CBN, was his most common platform for hate. In the days after 9/11, he brought on pastor Jerry Falwell to discuss the tragedy. “I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America, I point the finger in their face and say, ‘You helped this happen,’” Falwell said, to which Robertson said “I totally concur” and that the “agenda” has been adopted by the “highest levels of our government.”

  • Bill O Rights

    June 8, 2023 at 1:41 pm

    The US Bill of Rights is composed of the first ten amendments to the Constitution. Who watches out for our rights?

    Per amendment, it goes like this:
    1st- ACLU
    2nd- NRA
    3rd- nobody, really
    4th- ACLU
    6th- ACLU
    7th- ACLU
    8th- ACLU
    9th- ACLU
    10th- ACLU

    When people like Pat Robertson and Ronald Dee Santis and Donald Jay Trump and all the other GOPs demonize the ACLU, they’re demonizing the US Constitution, specifically its Bill of Rights.

    By association, they’re demonizing their much beloved NRA, too. Why? Because NRA and ACLU, at least on paper, do the exact same thing. They defend the Bill of Rights.

    Why is the GOP always railing against the Bill of Rights except for the 2A while claiming to be pro-Constitution? Being anti-ACLU seems the same as being anti-American to me. Being pro NRA while being anti ACLU, that just seems like somebody’s confused or just lying about why they do what they do and why they say what they say.

  • Michael K

    June 8, 2023 at 1:45 pm

    Pat Robertson monetized bigotry and hate under the banner of “Christianity” and harmed a lot of American people. He did great damage to America by weaponizing religion for so-called “evangelicals” to take over what used to be the Republican party. But it’s never was, and never is, about religion. It always comes down to raw power, money from people who can ill afford it, and of course, corruption.

  • Ed Dot Com 👍

    June 8, 2023 at 1:47 pm

    Yeah right. Trump doesn’t mourn the loss of anyone.. only the loss of money and elections. Pat and Ashli Babbitt are in hell.🔥👹

  • Don't Ask Don't Tell

    June 8, 2023 at 3:58 pm

    Don’t anyone tell these two Florida Men how Pat was a closet trans. Anybody tells them, they won’t mourn Pat anymore. They’ll say his death was his own fault for being a trans. It wasn’t his fault. Pat’s mama was the one who gave him a trans name. Like Ron’s mom named him Rhonda. Rhonda Santis. Oh, no, Rhonda is a girl’s name, not a trans name. But maybe Rhonda Santis can transform Rhonda into a trans name. If he is trying, at least that explains their campaign. People do keep asking why Ron is running. Ron Forrest Ron!

  • Mourning Their Campaigns

    June 8, 2023 at 5:50 pm

    Nice of Robertson to croak so The Ronald and The Donald could get some practice mourning. Not too much longer till they’ll both be mourning their campaigns and their political careers and, most of all, their irrelevant whiteness or orangeness as the casey may be.

  • Margarita Senorita

    June 8, 2023 at 11:56 pm

    No tolerance from those begging for tolerance. Just hippoCRAZY.

  • charles sanders

    June 10, 2023 at 5:50 pm

    “One Little Jewish Guy,” as Pat Robertson Called Me, Says Good Riddance to “One Little Dead Guy”
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    by Mikey Weinstein
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    Pat Robertson on the 700 club
    On several occasions over the years, the rabidly antisemitic, homophobic, transphobic, Islamophobic, and misogynistic Pat Robertson publicly and hatefully attacked both myself personally and my civil rights organization the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) on his CBN show “The 700 Club.” In 2014, when MRFF supported making “so help me God” an optional part of the Air Force’s oath, he called me “one little Jewish radical.” In 2015, he went on a rant against me, derisively calling me “one little Jewish guy.” (Watch video beginning at 24:07) In 2020, he went on yet another antisemitic rant, calling me “one little atheist Jewish man.” (Watch video here.)

    Given Robertson’s history of heinous, antisemitic attacks against me, I felt no reason to hold back on my opinion of him when writing the following statement upon hearing of his death:

    Clarence Darrow once famously said, “I have never killed anyone, but I have read some obituary notices with great satisfaction.”

    Sixteen years ago, Jerry Falwell died. I had a number of journalists asking me for my reaction at that time and I simply told them ‘ding dong the witch is dead’.

    I was simply NOT going to mince words.

    Earlier today, I was contacted by another journalist asking my reaction to Pat Robertson dying. I said the very same thing. It was most fitting.

    Robertson, like his evil, bigoted colleague Falwell, was a 100% fundamentalist Christian nationalist and repulsively antisemitic, homophobic, transphobic, Islamophobic, and misogynistic to the filthy core of his wretched being.

    I know quite well what it felt like to be savaged by him just for being a Jewish person who fights for civil rights in our armed forces.

    Our nation is currently embroiled in horribly divisive strife freighted by the very same universal hatred and prejudice that BOTH Falwell and Robertson spewed out everywhere all the time.

    America and the world will be far better places without the putrid, unconstitutional, fundamentalist Christian supremacy, triumphalism, domination, exclusivity, and exceptionalism both of those monsters tried to mix into the very fabric of our laws, land, and its inhabitants.

    I am simply not going to mince words.

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