Evangelical leader Pat Robertson has urged viewers to “cool down” and give Saudi Arabia a pass on the apparent murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, arguing that the US’ arms deals with the Kingdom are more important.
“I just want to cool down the temper of those who are screaming blood for the Saudis,” Robertson said, speaking on Christian television show the 700 Club on Monday. “These people are key allies,” he continued, adding that sanctions and tough diplomacy would be a “mistake.”
Likely drawing inspiration from a previously unreleased version of the Bible in which Jesus loved tanks and cluster bombs, Robertson argued that the Saudis’ Wahabi faith and views on human rights are “obnoxious,” but the US’ $110 billion arms deal with the Saudis is too important to risk.
“It’ll be a lot of money coming to our coffers,” he said of the deal, “and it’s not something that you want to blow up willy-nilly.”