Televangelist Pat Robertson, host of the Christian Broadcasting Network's "700 Club," accused President Barack Obama of being a "socialist" who wants to "destroy" America.
"[Obama] wouldn’t admit to being a socialist but that’s what it is,” Robertson said on his show Thursday. “He has an agenda. Now Karl Rove was saying in an op-ed today that what the President is trying to do is set up the Republicans so they fight among themselves and therefore the party goes into disunity in the next election and Obama wins there. I don’t think he thinks that way. I think he thinks ideologically: 'I must cripple the capitalist class; I must cripple the business owners; I must destroy the free enterprise system in America.'”
Obama disputed charges of socialism in an interview with Miami's "Noticias Univision 23" Thursday when he was asked about Cuban-American voters who believe he favors "a socialist model for our country."
"The truth of the matter is that my policies are so mainstream that if I had set the same policies that I had back in the 1980s, I would be considered a moderate Republican," Obama said.
"I do believe that it makes sense that everyone in America, as rich as this country is, shouldn't go bankrupt because someone gets sick, so the things I believe in are essentially the same things your viewers believe in," Obama continued.
Robertson, a staunch conservative, recently shocked viewers when he dispelled the creationist idea that the earth is only 6,000 years old. HuffPost Religion reported earlier:
He went on to say that Christians should not "cover up" scientific evidence that shows the Earth to be much, much older.
As Raw Story notes, Robertson's comments were made in response to a viewer who had written in to the show. The woman said that her "biggest fear is to not have my children and husband next to me in God's Kingdom because they question why the Bible could not explain the existence of dinosaurs."
"If you fight science," he continued, "you're going to lose your children, and I believe in telling it the way it was."