Pat Robertson says POTUS should threaten Russia with nuclear war
Right-wing televangelist Pat Robertson is unhappy with President Joe Biden's refusal to threaten Russia with nuclear war. On Wednesday's episode of The 700 Club, Robertson, who turns 92 next week, chastised Biden for carefully treading the tightrope that Russian President Vladimir Putin has stretched across Europe as his shambolic invasion of Ukraine intensifies. He also encouraged Biden to wave the United States' nuclear capability in Putin's face.
"We have the firepower to wipe out every Russian city with just one Trident submarine, and of course, we're not using it and have no intention of using it. But why doesn't somebody in the administration call Putin's bluff?" Robertson posited, referring to Putin's bluster about using nuclear weapons.
The Trident Ballistic Missiles that Robertson mentioned are housed on submarines and contain eight atomic warheads with 100-kiloton yields, each of which could easily annihilate a large metropolitan area. For scale, the bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan in August of 1945 – the Little Boy and the Fat Man – had the explosive power of 15-kilotons and 21-kilotons of TNT, respectively.
Putin is "bluffing," Robertson continued. "Every time he says, 'well if you do that we're going to escalate.' Oh no, you're not, old buddy. We're gonna do you if you do us and we'll make it worse and you know it."
Russia has a "tiny economy" and Putin is "playing a bluff," the End Times evangelical said.
Robertson then declared that Biden "doesn't like to stand up to bluffs" and that he "folds his winning hand every single time."
Watch below via Right Wing Watch:
Pat Robertson criticizes Biden for refusing to escalate the crisis in Ukraine and not threatening to nuke Russia.pic.twitter.com/YKtxqrylzg— Right Wing Watch (@Right Wing Watch) 1647461048
Granted, there is disagreement about how to best thwart Putin's most sinister ambitions. But a like-kind taunt about obliterating Russia is highly unlikely to make Putin back down.
Notably, Wednesday's broadcast was not the first time that Roberton got all giddy over the potential end of the world.
Last month, Robertson prophesied that Putin's attack on Ukraine was the beginning of Armageddon.
“God is getting ready to do something amazing,” he said. “And that will be fulfilled.”
Twitter users, meanwhile, wondered how Robertson intends to square his supposed belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ with his thirst for triggering World War III.
It is if you want to bring in the end times in your rapidly diminishing lifetime for your death cult.— joshua porterfield (@joshua porterfield) 1647462428
Looks to me like Pat Robertson really wants a nuclear war with Russia!— Casey Angelica Oliver (@Casey Angelica Oliver) 1647461872
Today's Putin Bluff\u2122 was where they targeted and destroyed a theater full of children in Mariupol. A 'proper' response by the US to that would result in WWIII.— Project Spacetime (@Project Spacetime) 1647465809
I'm curious to know on which part of Christian teaching Mr. Robertson bases his premise - chapter and verse, please.— Angela Jamison (@Angela Jamison) 1647465166
For others, however, the math adds up.
@KyleKulinski @TRNshow its always great to call someones bluff about nuclear war, when you have a place in heaven waiting for you? [sarcasm] somehow i don't think its the best advice from people with a vested interest in the apocalypse happening?— paladinbob123 (@paladinbob123) 1647464161
Just remember that this guy actively wants to bring about the end of the world and the return of Christ. And his views aren't uncommon among evangelicals.— Jason Fugate (@Jason Fugate) 1647462953
Amazingly, a few days ago he literally was supporting Putin because he was a chirstian.— Rafael Fernandes \u24cb (@Rafael Fernandes \u24cb) 1647462506
Nothing strange here. Just a \u201cman of God\u201d calling for the US to nuke every Russian city. \n\nIsn\u2019t he part of the \u201cturn the other cheek\u201d crowd?— Just Guessing Here (@Just Guessing Here) 1647466570
He's close to death himself, so he has no issues trying to take everyone else along with him— Byron Bailey \ud83c\udde8\ud83c\udde6 \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6\ud83d\udd96\ud83c\udf08 (@Byron Bailey \ud83c\udde8\ud83c\udde6 \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6\ud83d\udd96\ud83c\udf08) 1647469585
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