Right-wing televangelist Pat Robertson absolved former CIA Director David Petraeus of blame in his affair with biographer Paula Broadwell, implying that Broadwell initiated the affair and that Petraeus was powerless to resist. Speaking on The 700 Club, his show, Robertson said Petraeus’ conduct was understandable because “the man’s off in a foreign land and he’s lonely and here’s a good-looking lady throwing herself at him. He’s a man.” Watch it:
There is no evidence that Broadwell initiated the relationship and, even if she did, that doesn’t mean that he no responsibility for his decision to engage in extra-marital relations.
Robertson previously blamed women for male sexual misconduct before: when asked for advice by a viewer bothered by her husband’s flirtation with other women, Robertson said “first thing is you need to make yourself as attractive as possible and don’t hassle him about it.” The televangelist is also perplexed by the idea that women enjoy erotica and wrote in a fundraising letter that feminism “is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.”