While discussing the shooting of Australian Chris Lane in Oklahoma on the 700 Club today, Pat Robertson tried to blame President Obama for inciting "black-on-white violence."
Robertson could not cite one actual quote by President Obama ever supporting violence, but that didn't stop him for making his claim, noted RightWingWatch.org (video below).
Robertson also failed to mention that President Obama called for "calm" after the George Zimmerman trial verdict.
According to Reuters, President Obama said in a statement on July 14: "We are a nation of laws and a jury has spoken. I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son."
Robertson's claims about Obama sound similar to eight white clergymen in 1963 who accused Martin Luther King Jr. of stirring up trouble with his non-violent protests that incite "hatred and violence." In response, King wrote his famous "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," noted PBS.
However, Robertson seemed unaware that he was repeating history from 50 years ago.
"We are having a tremendous amount of this black-on-white violence and I have a feeling that instead of bringing racial harmony, having an African-American president has exacerbated the problem," said Robertson today.
“He seems to be wanting to bring division among people instead of bringing them together; he is one of the most divisive leaders this country has ever had. It just seems he wants to rub the edges raw every chance he gets to talk about the rich or the privileged, about the impoverished middle-class, the black and whites and so forth. There’s always something there to stir up controversy.”