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.
Pat Robertson is "appalled" by Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria: "The President of the United States is in great danger of losing the mandate of Heaven if he permits this to happen." pic.twitter.com/YGeNYpbGrF— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) October 7, 2019
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.
Trump's in danger of losin' his base of Apocalyptic wackadoodles.https://t.co/iCmRiSLk19— Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) October 7, 2019
Wow, he's losing Pat Robertson. ... But Pat had to go and ruin it by saying "losing the mandate of heaven." Two things:— Tom Brown (@browntom1234) October 7, 2019
- Losing it? That implies he has it.
- How the f*** does *Pat Robertson* (of all people) know what the "mandate of heaven" is??
He's astronomically arrogant. https://t.co/DuwdNA5Bey
Wow, looks like Trump has actually gone too far for Pat Robertson. He has lost Pat over the Syria issue, and according to Pat, "is in great danger of losing the mandate of Heaven." Does that mean "real wrath-of-God type stuff?" #TrumpKurdGenocide https://t.co/FgFkx02Sxk— FortMyersDem (@FortMyersDem) October 7, 2019
To be clear: Evangelical leaders are NOT HAPPY about @realdonaldtrump decision to pull out of NE Syria. See the tweet by @USCIRF plus Pat Robertson says, "The President of the United States is in great danger of losing the mandate of Heaven if he permits this to happen."— David Brody (@DavidBrodyCBN) October 7, 2019
Others are wondering why heaven gave Trump a pass on all those other things he did.
Because paying off porn stars and lying seven times a day was just hunky dory with God….
— Frank Jannuzi (@FrankJannuzi) October 7, 2019
Hahahaha! But not when he shreds the Constitution?!?
— Karen (@rkstrong45) October 7, 2019
lol…”the mandate of Heaven.” But he didn’t lose it over allowing Kashoggi to be cut to pieces with no repercussions.
— Danko Ramone (@nullnotvoid) October 7, 2019
If Pat Robertson or Donald Trump have ever had the mandate of heaven, then the mandate of heaven ain’t worth shit. https://t.co/rQvZzYlehE— A.R. Moxon (Julius Goat) (@JuliusGoat) October 7, 2019