Pat Robertson 'sort of outed' own producer as cocaine user
MSNBC's Willie Geist noted with astonishment on Morning Joe that Pat Robertson, a leader of the religious right, "sort of outed his producer on his show the other day."
"Our producer showed me something several years ago," Robertson stated on a broadcast of the 700 Club. "He was bragging that he doesn't drink any alcoholic beverages ... but he does ingest a paste of cocoa -- not cocoa like chocolate, but coca like cocaine -- and he said that's what keeps him strong. He gets it from Evo Morales down in Bolivia."
"As I understand, the distribution of cocaine and its derivatives are against the law, but he was bragging on the fact that he uses it. Maybe that accounts for some of his erratic behavior," Robertson concluded, laughing.
"I think he's just a man with a very interesting perspective on things," suggested Robertson's co-host.
"Well, that's one way to get it. You get yourself hopped up on coke, and it'll do it for you," laughed Robertson.
President Evo Morales of Bolivia is a former coca grower and champion of the rights of indigenous farmers to continue raising the coca plant that Bolivians have been using as a mild stimulant in its unprocessed form for thousands of years. However, the idea that he would be supplying refined cocaine to American tourists appears to be some sort of elaborate joke on Pat Robertson's part.
In August 2005, Robertson raised a storm of controversy when he called on his show for the assassination of President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, who is known as an ally of Morales. "We have the ability to take him out," Robertson said of Chavez, "and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability."
Whatever Robertson may have had in mind, the hosts of Morning Joe appear to have taken his remarks at face value. Joe Scarborough commented in amazement, "It's a lot different from when my grandma used to watch the 700 Club.
This video is from MSNBC's Morning Joe, broadcast February 19, 2008.
Transcript via closed captions
:: pat robertson, host of "the 700 club," you know how he can smile through everything. he sort of outed his producer on the show the other day for probably what's a sensitive issue for that producer, but he was smiling the whole time. listen to this.
:: our producer showed me something several years ago. he was bragging that he doesn't drink any alcoholic beverages, which we say good for him, but he does ingest a taste of cocoa -- not cocoa like hot chocolate but cocoa like cocaine. and he said, that's what keeps him strong, and he flexes his muscles. he gets it from evo morales down in bolivia, and as i understand, the distribution of cocaine and its derivatives are against the law, but he was bragging on the fact that he uses it. maybe that accounts for some of his erratic behavior.
:: i think he's just a man with a very interesting perspective on things.
:: that's one way to get it, get yourself hopped up on coke, and it will do it for you.
:: oh, my goodness.
:: there's so much to say there. it makes him strong. all this time i thought it was spinach. and then pat robertson launches into a detailed explanation of the trade, how it works, how it goes down, where you pick it up in bolivia.
:: i'm curious. several years ago we heard pat robertson saying he took a certain product that allowed him to leg press 4,000 pounds. and i wonder if his producer came in and dropped a little bit of coke inside of his jesus juice.
:: i just can't get over his explanation of the distribution network. you go down to bolivia, you float it up, drop it outside of miami, put it in boats and drive it in. that's the kind of stuff you're getting on "the 700 club" these days.
:: wow, it's a lot different from when my grandma used to watch it.
:: i don't remember it that way when i was growing up watching it. that is definitely "news you can't use."
:: is i would say thanks for nothing but --
:: that was kind of something, right? for once. there you have it.
:: yeah, willie. you really --
:: all right.