Pat Robertson lies about his Chavez comments; claims he “didn’t say ‘ASSASSINATION'”

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From: Media Matters 8/24/05

Responding on the August 24 broadcast of The 700 Club to the outcry over his August 22 comments calling for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Pat Robertson falsely denied that he used the word “assassination” and claimed that he was “misinterpreted” by the Associated Press….

Robertson issued his denial during an interview with outspoken Chavez critic Thor Halvorssen* on the August 24 broadcast of Christian Broadcasting Network’s The 700 Club:

HALVORSSEN: Now, I think that it’s very important to also note your comments were about assassination. The person — I think that alternative is lowering to his level.

ROBERTSON: Wait a minute, I didn’t say ‘assassination.’ I said our special forces should, quote, “take him out,” and “take him out” can be a number of things including kidnapping. There are a number of ways to take out a dictator from power besides killing him. I was misinterpreted by the AP, but that happens all the time.

In fact, Robertson explicitly called for Chavez’s assassination on the August 22 broadcast of The 700 Club:

ROBERTSON: You know, I don’t know about this doctrine of assassination, but if he thinks we’re trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it. It’s a whole lot cheaper than starting a war. … We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability. We don’t need another $200 billion war to get rid of one, you know, strong-arm dictator. It’s a whole lot easier to have some of the covert operatives do the job and then get it over with.

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