Pat Robertson’s Terrible Legacy

Pat Robertson’s Terrible Legacy

On this episode of The Time of Monsters, Sarah Posner on a titan of the religious right.


Pat Robertson, who died at age 93, was a much hated figure on the left, and for good reason. For many decades, through his television show, The 700 Club, and in his frequent interventions in political debates, he was one of America’s most prominent voices for the religious right: a sexist and homophobic preacher with a wide audience.

Unfortunately, Robertson left a large legacy, which we need to reckon with. To do so, I spoke with the journalist Sarah Posner, who writes frequently on the intersection of politics and religion. She is the author of the book Unholy, about white evangelical support for Donald Trump. Sarah also wrote a very fine essay for Talking Points Memo about Robertson’s role in creating an infrastructure of right-wing lawyers who are pushing the religious right’s agenda through the courts and the policy ranks of the Republican Party.

On this episode of The Time of Monsters, Sarah and I talk about Robertson’s background as the son of a Democratic senator, his distinctive brand of charismatic Christianity, which has been gaining force, his conspiracy theories and sundry bigotries, and the support he received from more mainstream institutions such as AIPAC.

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