When You Lose Pat Robertson…

Yesterday Lafayette Square was cleared out by tear gas so that President Trump could have a photo op in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church. Who has become a large critic of this behavior of President Trump? Its none other than Pat Robertson from his 700 Club.

“Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.

Oscar Wilde 

A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Proverbs 15:1 ESV

Meme popular with atheists right now. 

This is going to be a brief post. I am working on another post about Christian nationalism I hope to get up shortly. But this morning Pat Robertson said something that was intriguing and was trending on Twitter. Many of you probably know about the George Floyd protests here in Washington, D.C. President Trump used tear gas to clean out Lafayette Square just so he could pose for a photo op in front of St. Johns Episcopal Church.  In the process an Episcopal Minister was teargassed in the process and was removed from her own church. Its been deeply controversial but who has become one of the biggest critics of President Trump’s behavior? Its been none other than Pat Robertson. You can watch the clip up above. I am amazed he did this and never thought that this would be one of the top trending topics on Twitter. So when you lose Pat Robertson…that does not bode well for you. After all Pat has been all about political power for years as he has blurred the lines. 

 

2 thoughts on “When You Lose Pat Robertson…

  1. Here’s the National Park Service statement about the clearing of Lafayette Park: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/uspp/6_2_20_statement_from_acting_chief_monahan.htm

    They claim no tear gas, and that it was done using nonlethal methods in response to protester violence, including attempts to take officers’ firearms.

    I am not a Trump fan, but so far I haven’t heard him say anything that I disagree with about the riots. He’s positioned himself against racism and prejudice, and drawn the line at violence and looting. Here’s what he said at the speech that preceded the photo op:

    “All Americans were rightly sickened and revolted by the brutal death of George Floyd,” Trump said, adding that “For George and his family, justice will be served. He will not have died in vain. But we cannot allow the righteous cries of peaceful protesters to be drowned out by an angry mob.

    “The biggest victims of the rioting are the peace-loving citizens in our poorest communities. And as their president, I will fight to keep them safe.

    “I will fight to protect you. I am your president of law and order and an ally of all peaceful protesters,” Trump said.

    What should he have said differently?

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    • The USPP did use tear gas by using the definition of the CDC. The CDC defines tear gas as riot control agents.
      https://emergency.cdc.gov/agent/riotcontrol/factsheet.asp

      From the USPP statement:
      “officers then employed the use of smoke canisters and pepper balls.”
      From the CDC
      “Riot control agents (sometimes referred to as “tear gas”) are chemical compounds that temporarily make people unable to function by causing irritation to the eyes, mouth, throat, lungs, and skin.”

      A pepper ball meets the CDC definition of a riot control agent which makes it “tear gas” as it causes irritation to the eyes, mouth, throat, lungs and skin.

      “Riot control agents (sometimes referred to as “tear gas”) are chemical compounds that temporarily make people unable to function by causing irritation to the eyes, mouth, throat, lungs, and skin.”

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