Televangelist Pat Robertson declares that Biden will be president and that Trump "lives in an alternate reality," "is very erratic," and should not run again in 2024: "You've had your day and it's time to move on." pic.twitter.com/2WYCZOSNTO
— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) December 21, 2020
It is one of the foundational documents of America that all men are endowed with the right to expend their lives, their treasure, and their sacred honor in support of whatever cult best satisfies their needs and their insecurities. Donald Trump has had an amazing four years working the kafaybe to vacuum up the rubes’ money and attention, but he’s never made much effort to spread the wealth among the more established performers. Now he’s just embarrassing, not to mention a threat to all of them — once the Outsiders start taking apart the Trump fantasies in broad daylight and on national media, what certified non-profit is safe from the backsplash?
Not least among Trump’s woes, as he is turfed unwillingly out of the Oval Office, will be discovering how much support he does not have among all those ‘very fine people’, Talibangelical and otherwise, who have publicly slavered over his ‘Man of God’ stature for the cameras. Let. Us. SAVOR!
Sister Golden Bear
In honor of e.g. goldman: Fuck ’em.
WHAT. Pat Robertson usually has a really good sense for when it’s time to jump ship, being part rat.
“Donald, look, grifting little old ladies out of their social security checks is my game. Bless your heart and go find someone else to swindle.”
Let us savor indeed! The rats are deserting the sinking ship.
“Can’t y’all take a joke? That was the mirror universe Pat Robertson.”
Despite all of that – fuck Pat Robertson – on this day of conjunction.
Robertson’s floating Oz-like head in that video is seriously creepy.
When the movie is made of Trump’s final days as POTUS — and of course it shall — will it be a tragedy or a comedy?
“Pay no attention to the mountebank behind the curtain.”
BCHS Class of 1980
Don’t get me wrong; I’m rooting for all of these rats to chew each other up in an orgy of rodent bloodletting. However I think a key indicator of how successful the elite rats will be in discarding The Donald will lie in the overall response of their flocks or herds or lamentations or whatever.
I think Trump’s appeal among the hoi polloi is misunderestimated by even such rodentia as Robertson. Among other things he has attracted many followers who don’t care about much of anything, including organized religion. He gives them the opportunity to freely hate without caring about what YHWH or the FSM or Cthulhu think. I think a lot of pastors are about to be real surprised how many of those irreligious SOBs attend their services.
It’s funny. Back in October, Robertson was one of many evangelists insisting that it was God’s will that Trump be re-elected. From USA Today:
This crap is like the Battle of the Grifters.
BCHS Class of 1980
@NotMax: Which means that he either killed, slept or bothed his way to his current lofty position.
Someone should ask the old coot: “Mr Robertson, is your God a liar?”
Opera. Aye Me Da.
@BCHS Class of 1980:
I don’t know. McConnell and the GOP elite are about three steps away from denying that they ever even knew Donald Trump.
They are back to their old lie, of “defending” rock solid conservative values, or screwing over people as hard as possible and sucking up to the plutocrats.
These goons don’t care if the GOP base is full of anguish and confusion, as long as they hate the Democrats and continue to vote against their own interests.
But you know – he’ll just say that you failed God – you didn’t have enough faith and so he took his grace away. You get all kinds of bullshit about this kind of stuff. Real manipulative stuff.
I dont think these folks are going to abandon Trump easily – I think they are going to actually start fighting back against these conservative stalwarts.
Today I saw conservative protesters get pissed off at the cops and want to burn the “blue lives matter” flag here in Salem. They’ve started to hate the cops.
I think Pat and everyone else is in for a rude awakening.
“Pat Robertson has all too obviously received a dose of the Soros/Gates/Elders of Zion vaccine. Pray that God in His wisdom delivers him from that scourge.”
Or, better, ask Robertson if he himself is a false prophet. Oops, I mean: “Some people say that you are a false prophet. How do you respond to them?” Put him on his back foot without allowing him to get pissy with the questioner.
They used to enable the crazy/stupid to a manageable level – like a parasite. Parasites require a living host in order to survive, that’s what all these grifter preachers/politicians are. They messed up by helping to elevate a Virus because he was popular and made “The Libs” sad. The Trump Virus doesn’t give a crap about the host, he’s getting his money and getting out. The Devil take what’s left (points for double irony)
“Alice laughed: “There’s no use trying,” she said; “one can’t believe impossible things.” “I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
Pat Roberson’s God apparently did wish to point out how well the economy did. Not a word to say about the body count though — not a thought spared.
Wouldn’t we rather they didn’t? Going down, deep down, with the ship sounds more to my liking.
I don’t think that Trump supporters will abandon him. But the GOP leadership is moving on.
I think that Trumpism can be a dangerous force, but it needs a charismatic figure to focus all the bitterness and anger. Trump without the majesty of the presidency, left to his own stupidity and cupidity, may not be enough keep them satisfied.
Trump lacks the intelligence and discipline to build much of an alternative to the GOP. He will rant and go onto Twitter, but he is a spent political force.
The federal judges and Supreme Court justices will have to do for now in giving the rabid right what they want. That’s Trump’s most lasting horrible legacy.
But I agree that the anger that he has stirred up will continue among his base.
@Brachiator: That is the hope. Donald Jr. or Cotton or whoever next doesn’t get to ride the lighting like DJT did – the power of reality television was a strong start. DJT actually has a sort of crazy charisma to many, like a certain Mr. Hilter did. I still don’t understand how he got the evangelicals, I suppose it is White Nationalism at the end of the day.
@Amir Khalid: More like, ‘Is your god a liar, or are you? Because those are the only two options I’m seeing here.’ Well, we can dream, because nobody’ll actually ask that.
Major difference being that in many ways, Hitler was a very able man. Skill at self-promotion being about the only ability he and Trump share.
Great end cap by Ms Olivia Nuzzi on the Four Seasons debacle: https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/12/four-seasons-total-landscaping-the-full-est-possible-story.html
So “covfefe” was mangled wrestling jargon?
Treasons greetings from Kelly Loeffler
Well shit. Robertson was practically asking for end -times if Trump wasn’t reelected.
The Greek dramatic tradition was to end a series of tragedies with a satyr play, which shared themes with the tragedies but played them for laughs.
Since the Trump administration has been a never-ending series of tragedies, it would be perfectly appropriate to end it on a note of high comedy.
Just a typo.
trump unleashed the racist core of the republican party. They voted for him in droves because he gave them what they wanted, overt, in your face racism. They have their modern day hoods and crosses, their tiki torches and their hate. trump gave them permission, yelled at them to run free and full of hate. Either it goes back in the bottle with the cork just barely holding it back or they have their say, loudly and with force. And I think it’s going to be the second. They are pissed that they got the freedom to be hateful above all else and that ship has sailed. And they are against masks because that’s not what their savior told them.
My thought is that vlad bought shitforbrains for $1.95 because he would do exactly what he’s done and create another civil war or at least a huge divide between our racist half and our not racist half, turning the country into a mess that can’t do anything about the world turning to Russia for the only thing they’ve got, oil. As always, it’s about money. COVID was just a way to make it easier for vlad. I don’t think he counted on trump losing this time around
Going to try to sleep before the Covid post goes up. Might be kind of hard, though.
And Monday numbers are usually low! I hope Orange County has been screwing around with the counts. They reported today as 3,753 new cases out of 4,060 tests which is more than 90% positive. ☹
Pat Robertson is 90 years old and in all that time God has never told him to do anything but what he already wanted to do.
Prompts for things he doesn’t want to do come from Satan, silly.
Bruce K in ATH-GR
@Amir Khalid: It depends on what happens in the aftermath, I suppose. We can’t know what the movie will look like until the story ends, and it hasn’t played out yet. I’m hoping the movie resembles Canadian Bacon rather than On the Beach, though Downfall would also be appropriate.
@Baud: It will be Jordan Peele’s first musical.
@sdstarr: I would imagine Pat’s love offering were dropping. Time to cut the cord to Little Donald.
Robertson’s just one of many. Per Fred Clark, aka Slacktivist:
What it means, of course, is that evangelicals are not disturbed in the least by having false prophets as their leaders. If one of us could ask them on TV what the Bible says to do with false prophets, and we then pulled out the clips where they unambiguously said God told them Trump would win re-election, their followers would still see us as the problem, not their false-prophet leaders. Because us v. them is far more important to them than the truth.
The one thing it’s good for, for those of us with evangelicals on the fringes of our lives, is that it’s one more piece of fuel for a fiery dismissal of them and all they stand for.
Between this and their uncaring attitude towards the deaths of hundreds of thousands of their fellow citizens while claiming to be “pro-life” – whatever their reasons for being antiabortion, they’ve dramatically proven in 2020 that they don’t give a damn about life – we can give them chapter and verse about why they and their hollow arguments should never again be taken seriously by anyone. And then tell them to STFU.
@Splitting Image: Except satyr plays were about the lowest comedy there was. Still, a bunch of guys running around batting each other with huge stuffed phalluses might, indeed, be the note to end this presidency on.
Except one of those phalluses (phalli?) should be smaller, shriveled, somewhat mushroom-shaped…
Yuck. What am I doing to myself. I’m still drinking my coffee over here!
Boris Rasputin (the evil twin)
@Jack Canuck: Ah, you’re forgetting the third option. Pat Robertson is a senile old crackpot who hallucinates that God talks to him. Remember the “Give me all your money or God will call me home.” scam? Or the “400 foot tall Jesus” bit?
He’s 90 or so. Proof that the good die young.