Pat Robertson Says Violence in Streets, Las Vegas Shooting Linked to 'Disrespect' for Trump, Authority

Pat Robertson appears on 'The 700 Club' Wednesday, December 7, 2011.
Pat Robertson appears on "The 700 Club" Wednesday, December 7, 2011. | (Screengrab: YouTube/"The 700 Club")

As law enforcement and family members of Stephen Paddock struggled to explain why he executed the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history Sunday, CBN chairman and popular televangelist Pat Robertson has blamed the shooter's actions on "disrespect" for President Donald Trump, the national anthem, veterans, and the law in general.

Speaking on his television show "The 700 Club" Robertson, who serves as chancellor of Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, explained why there is "violence in the streets."

"Ladies and gentlemen, I'm trying to make sense of this, I'm sure you are. ... Violence in the streets. Why is it happening?" Robertson asked on the show. "The fact that we have disrespect for authority; there is profound disrespect for 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, 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."

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He said because of the lack of respect, there is now no, "controlling authority" or "vision of God" in society which he believes is causing the people to "run amok."