Pat Robertson on his show dragging Donald Trump for withdrawing troops from Syria

Televangelist Pat Robertson Says Trump May Lose ‘Mandate Of Heaven’ After Syria Decision

Pat Robertson, the famous televangelist well-known for those things he says, has joined a number of far-right conservatives in condemning Donald Trump for his sudden decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria and put Turkey and its dictatorship in control of the area. Robertson is so appalled by this move that he declared Trump to be “in danger of losing the mandate of heaven” if he goes forward with the Twitter-announced plan.

Robertson appears to only be concerned about the Christian Kurds, who are a minority in the Middle East and are one of the few oppressed minorities Republicans deem worthy of defense. (The fact that they’re Christian is surely just a coincidence.)

“And the president, who allowed Khashoggi to be cut in pieces without any repercussions whatsoever, is now allowing the Christians and the Kurds to be massacred by the Turks,” said Robertson. “Now I believe, and I want to say this with great solemnity, the president of the United States is in danger of losing the mandate of heaven if he permits this to happen.”

Exactly what Robertson meant by “mandate of heaven” is up for debate, but it has in the past meant anything from “general support of God” to “God’s declaration that this individual should and must sit on the throne.” This idea has been used in the past, particularly by ancient Chinese dynasties, to declare that the current leader of a nation is the leader because that’s what God wanted. It certainly sounds like it could apply to a man who says things like “in my great and unmatched wisdom.”

Either way, people are surprised that Trump has messed up badly enough to lose even the support of the kind of people who talk about mandates from heaven.

Others are wondering why heaven gave Trump a pass on all those other things he did.