Conservative Icon Pat Robertson Passes Away at 93: Remembering His Impact on GOP Politics and Christian Conservatives

Pat Robertson, the conservative Christian televangelist who helped bring religion to the forefront of Republican politics, has died at the age of 93.

Robertson was known for his outspoken views on a range of political and social issues, including opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage. He founded the Christian Broadcasting Network in 1960, and later launched the 700 Club, which became a popular Christian television program.

In addition to his role as a broadcaster, Robertson also played an active role in politics, endorsing Republican candidates and founding the Christian Coalition in 1989 to promote conservative Christian values in politics.

Robertson ran for president in 1988, but his candidacy was unsuccessful. He remained an influential figure in conservative circles, however, and continued to speak out on a range of issues. In recent years, he had drawn criticism for controversial remarks about Hurricane Katrina and the earthquake in Haiti.

Tributes to Robertson poured in following news of his death. President Donald Trump called him a “great leader” and a “true pioneer,” while other conservative figures praised his influence in shaping modern conservative politics.

Robertson’s legacy, however, remains a subject of debate. While many credit him with helping to bring religion to the forefront of American politics, others argue that he played a divisive role in promoting conservative views that excluded many Americans.