Popular televangelist Pat Robertson said that a confluence of disrespect for President Donald Trump, the national anthem, and the government are what caused the conditions for the Las Vegas massacre to occur.
Here’s video of Robertson casting blame:
What did Pat Robertson say exactly?
“Violence in the streets, ladies and gentlemen. Why is it happening?” Robertson asked rhetorically.
“You know what I’d like to give you is,” he explained, “the fact that we have disrespect for authority. There is profound disrespect of our president, all across this nation they say terrible things about him. It’s in the news, it’s in other places.
“There is disrespect now for our national anthem,” he continued, “disrespect for our veterans, disrespect for the institutions of our government, disrespect for the court system. All the way up and down the line, disrespect.
“And when you lose that kind of respect, you lose authority,” he added. “But more than anything, until there is biblical authority, there has to be some controlling authority in our society, and there is none.
“And when there is no vision of God, the people say, there’s no vision of God,” he concluded, “the people run amok.”
Did the Las Vegas shooter have disrespect for Trump and the national anthem?
Thus far, law enforcement officials have been unable to determine the motive for the horrible attack in Las Vegas. Pundits have noted that it appears the shooter, Stephen Paddock, had no political or religious affiliation, according to his brother, and does not fit the profile of a mass shooter.
There are online rumors that he might have been affiliated with “Antifa” or attended an anti-Trump rally, but these are based on spurious evidence, and are far from being confirmed.