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Gov. Glenn Youngkin Calls Pat Robertson, Who Died This Morning, “an inspiring Virginian…[whose] lifelong example leaves a legacy matched by very few”

Robertson, of course, spent decades saying outrageous, bigoted, hateful, false and ignorant things, such as that the horrendous 2010 earthquake in Haiti was due to a "pact to the devil!"

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Earlier this morning, AP reported that Pat Robertson, “broadcaster who helped make religion central to GOP politics, dies at 93.” Robertson, of course, had close ties to many Virginia Republican politicians (e.g., he was very tight with Bob McDonnell), as well as to Virginia Beach, where he founded evangelical Christian school Regent University. And, the AP report adds:

“For more than a half-century, Robertson was a familiar presence in American living rooms, known for his ‘700 Club’ television show, and in later years, his televised pronouncements of God’s judgment, blaming natural disasters on everything from homosexuality to the teaching of evolution.

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Robertson started the Christian Coalition in Chesapeake in 1989, saying it would further his campaign’s ideals. The coalition became a major political force in the 1990s, mobilizing conservative voters through grass-roots activities.”

This morning, Gov. Glenn Youngkin (a right-wing Republican and evangelical Christian himself) weighed in as follows on Robertson’s death:

“Pat Robertson was an inspiring Virginian and a passionate servant of the Lord whose lifelong example leaves a legacy matched by very few. I was grateful for the time we shared together just last year at Regent University’s commencement. While Suzanne and I are praying for the Robertson family, CBN family, and Regent family during this difficult time we also know heaven is rejoicing this morning.”

AG Jason Miyares also weighed in:

“Pat Robertson, a trailblazer in media, charitable work, politics and evangelizing the Gospel, but more importantly a father and friend to many. Prayers for peace and healing for the Roberston family. May he rest in peace.”

For the most part, it appears that Virginia Democrats have remained quiet so far, as have many Virginia Republicans. We’ll see who else has something to say about this news.

Meanwhile, here at Blue Virginia, we’ve followed Robertson closely over the years, given that he was a major force in Virginia politics. For a small sampling of Robertson’s remarks over the years, see the following stories:

What would you add to this list?

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