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Robertson: DHS Official Behind Extremism Report Must Be Someone Whose ‘Sexual Orientation…Is In Question’

By Amanda Terkel  

"Robertson: DHS Official Behind Extremism Report Must Be Someone Whose ‘Sexual Orientation…Is In Question’"

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For the past few days, the right wing has been going after a new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report warning that “rightwing extremists…may be gaining new recruits” because of Barack Obama’s election and the “economic downtown.” Many conservatives have been claiming that it’s an attack on veterans, while others have declared that it was a politically motivated attempt to “smear” conservatives and their tea parties.

Televangelist Pat Robertson went even further on the 700 Club yesterday. Not only did he echo the belief that the report was produced by liberal DHS officials, but he claimed that their “sexual orientation is somewhat in question.” He offered no proof for his remark:

ROBERTSON: It shows somebody down in the bowels of that organization is either a convinced left winger or somebody whose sexual orientation is somewhat in question. But it’s that kind of thing, somebody who doesn’t think that we should have abortion on demand, is labeled a terrorist! It’s outrageous!

Crooks and Liars also points out that Robertson urged his viewers to “jam up” the homeland security phone lines by calling in to complain. Watch it:

Note that Robertson, the man who is criticizing the notion that there are right-wing extremists, once called for the assassination of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez.

Transcript:

ROBERT: And Janet Napolitano has got a lot of explaining to do. And that lame excuse she was giving — “Oh, I’m sorry they characterized all veterans that way” — I mean, come off it!

MEEUWSEN: The report was the report. I mean, it is astonishing that it was allowed to leave under that –

ROBERTSON: It shows somebody down in the bowels of that organization is either a convinced left winger or somebody whose sexual orientation is somewhat in question. But it’s that kind of thing, somebody who doesn’t think that we should have abortion on demand, is labeled a terrorist! It’s outrageous! [...]

(202) 282-8000 — And if you jam up their lines, good for you!

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