Conservative religious broadcaster Pat Robertson apologized Wednesday for calling for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez during Monday’s broadcast of his “700 Club” program.
“Is it right to call for assassination? No, and I apologize for that statement,” he said in a written statement.
Earlier, Robertson said that his remarks about Chavez were taken out of context and that he never called for the killing of the Latin American leader.
“I didn’t say ‘assassination.’ I said our special forces should ‘take him out.’ And ‘take him out’ can be a number of things, including kidnapping; there are a number of ways to take out a dictator from power besides killing him. I was misinterpreted by the AP [Associated Press], but that happens all the time,” Robertson said on “The 700 Club.”
Well, that’s mighty decent of him. I mean, when you’re faced with the videotape of doing exactly what you said you didn’t do, its big of you to admit that you were wrong and that you’re sorry. Very nice, Pat.
Of course, he’s still as crazy as a boxful of birds.
Controversial statements are not new to the 75-year-old Robertson.
He has suggested in the past that a meteor could strike Florida because of unofficial “Gay Days” at Disney World and that feminism caused women to kill their children, practice witchcraft and become lesbians.
And, my friends on the right, he’s all yours.