Pat Robertson links Vegas shooting to 'profound disrespect' for authority, including Trump

Pat Robertson has attributed the mass shooting in Las Vegas Sunday night to “disrespect for authority” including President Trump. 

On the Monday broadcast of his Christian show ‘The 700 Club,’  the televangelist discussed the tragic event and then asked, “Violence in the streets, ladies and gentlemen. Why is it happening?” 

“The fact that we have disrespect for authority—there is profound disrespect of our president, all across this nation. They say terrible things about him—it’s in the news, it’s in other places," Robertson said. "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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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump acknowledges the audience after speaking with Pat Robertson at a campaign event at Regents University in Virginia Beach, Virginia February 24, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Evangelist Pat Robertson (L) attends a visit by Pope Benedict XVI at an Ecumenical Prayer Service at the Church of Saint Joseph in New York April 18, 2008. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES)
Evangelical Christian leader Pat Robertson takes his seat onstage ahead of a campaign rally with Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in Virginia Beach, Virginia September 8, 2012. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS RELIGION)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Pat Robertson arrives for the 25th annual Movieguide Awards - Faith and Family Gala at Universal Hilton Hotel on February 10, 2017 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/WireImage)
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WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 07: Conservative evangelical leader Pat Robertson (R) announces his endorsement of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani for the Republican presidential nomination at the National Press Club November 7, 2007 in Washington, DC. Robertson said he selected Giuliani partially based on the former mayor's assurance that he will nominate Supreme Court justices who would rule similar to conservative justices Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
LYNCHBURG, VA - MAY 22: Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson arrives for the funeral of the Rev. Jerry Falwell at Thomas Road Baptist Church May 22, 2007 in Lynchburg, Virginia. Falwell, the influential evangelist whose conservative Christian empire influenced national politics, died a week ago after collapsing in his office at Liberty University. He was 73. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON - APRIL 30: 'American Idol' participant Nadia Turner meets Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld (R) and Christian Broadcast Network Founder Pat Robertson at the White House Correspondents' dinner at the Washington Hilton Hotel April 30, 2005 in Washington D.C. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA: American religious leader Pat Robertson, founder and chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), speaks at a press conference, 28 November 2001, in Beijing. Robertson, whose network CBN currently produces value-based programming seen in more than 150 countries in 64 languages, met with Chinese leaders to seek a better understanding on how CBN could help strenghthen relations between the United States and China. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
American media mogul and executive chairman Pat Robertson announces the Christian Coalition's new executive director Rep. Randy Tate, R-Wash., and President and CEO Former Secretary of Energy, Donald P. Hodel, on Capitol Hill on June 11, 1997. (Photo by Rebecca Roth/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images)
368950 03: Christian Coalition President Pat Robertson discusses John McCain on NBC''s ''Meet the Press'' May 7, 2000 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Michael Smith/Newsmakers)
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He was likely referring, at least in part, to Trump’s ongoing dispute with NFLplayers who have refused to stand for the national anthem as a way to call attention to social inequalities. 

“Until there is biblical authority, there has to be some controlling authority in our society, and there is none,“ Robertson ”nofollow" target=“_blank” href=“https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2zP5t1IYXw”>added. "And when there is no vision of God…the people run amok.” 

According to the New York Times, the violent rampage in Las Vegas has claimed the lives of at least 59 people; the gunman’s motives are thus far unknown. 

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US President Donald Trump arrives in the Diplomatic Reception Room to deliver a statement on the Las Vegas shootings at the White House on October 2, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to deliver a statement on the mass shooting in Las Vegas from the Diplomatic Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 2, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump makes a statement on the mass shooting in Las Vegas in front of a portrait of President George Washington in the Diplomatic Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 2, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump makes a statement on the mass shooting in Las Vegas in front of a portrait of President George Washington in the Diplomatic Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 2, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump makes a statement on the mass shooting in Las Vegas from the Diplomatic Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 2, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump departs after making a statement on the mass shooting in Las Vegas from the Diplomatic Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 2, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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