Pat Robertson Throws Trump Under the Bus Over the Election, Says Trump 'Lives in an Alternate Reality'
Famed far-right televangelist Pat Robertson has built a reputation over the decades for his bonkers conservative rants, accusing gay men of wearing spiked rings to spread HIV/AIDS and frequently blaming atrocities and natural disasters on the sinfulness of humankind.
But when it comes to outgoing President Donald Trump's refusal to accept the reality of his defeat in the 2020 election to President-elect Joe Biden, even Pat Robertson isn't on board.
With some exceptions, Robertson has been all-in on Trump's doctrine over the past four years. Earlier this month, he called on Jesus Christ to assist Trump's efforts to subvert the people's vote.
Now, Robertson is telling Trump to pack up and go home.
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
Robertson accused Trump of living in an "alternate reality," saying:
"With all his talent and the ability to raise money and draw large crowds, the President still lives in an alternate reality. He really does. People always say that he lies about this, that, and the other, but he isn't lying. To him, that's the truth. ... I think it'll be well to say, 'You've had your day and it's time to move on.'"
As with 2016, President Donald Trump won with a strong majority of white evangelical Christians, like the ones who consume Robertson's show. With so many of the President's supporters completely convinced that Democrats somehow stole the election, it raises the question of whether Robertson's rebuke of Trump will do anything to sway his audience.
When you've lost Pat Robertson...
OMG- it finally happened! I never dreamed it was possible, but Pat Robertson & I are in COMPLETE AGREEMENT. In other news: #HellFreezesOver (film at 11) https://t.co/2qusJS6EzW pic.twitter.com/HwVEpKOHoS
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) December 21, 2020
Extremist cleric now represents the moderate wing of the Republican Party. https://t.co/EBNXfVMBFr
— Matt Duss (@mattduss) December 21, 2020
It's notable that Pat Robertson no longer lives in Trump's alternate reality. https://t.co/Iu2tix77gd
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) December 21, 2020
I've been reporting on the religious right for 20 years. No matter how out there you think Pat Robertson is, trust me--he's both more delusional and cynical than you can imagine. So if even he can see it for what it is... Thanks, Jeebus! https://t.co/yb9Eu4nSWZ
— Jeff Sharlet (@JeffSharlet) December 21, 2020
People were amazed at Robertson's about-face.
WAIT. What? 🤯
This lunatic was still a demented Trump sycophant a week ago. https://t.co/CoxXGelByt
— Spiro Agnew's Ghost (@SpiroAgnewGhost) December 21, 2020
Who saw this coming? No, seriously. https://t.co/cyKrv0SUjN
— Noam Blum (@neontaster) December 21, 2020
WTF!! When Trump has lost this wacko it's over!#MessageFor45 https://t.co/Ack0qUl6ST
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) December 21, 2020
I'm gobsmacked. I always thought Pat lived in an alternate reality, but this is stunning. What what folks on Parler are saying? Will he start getting death threats? https://t.co/8dGAyia3d6
— David Hedley (@David_M_Hedley) December 21, 2020
President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be inaugurated on January 20th, but even that may not be enough to purge the United States of the alternate reality created by Trump.