Televangelist Pat Robertson, a leader of the religious right, passed away on June 8 at the age of 93.
Early life and influence: Robertson founded the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) in 1960, which eventually expanded worldwide.
* He later established Regent University in Virginia Beach, and in 1988, ran for the Republican presidential nomination.
* Though unsuccessful, his campaign increased his influence among white evangelicals.
Religious right and politics: Robertson’s efforts, including founding the Christian Coalition, mobilized and guided Christian conservative voters towards the Republican Party.
* His reach extended to the White House, where he interviewed presidents, including Ronald Reagan.
* In later years, Robertson became a supporter of Donald Trump.
Controversial viewpoints: Throughout his career, Robertson drew criticism for making anti-gay remarks and comments that were seen as racially insensitive.
* His son, Gordon Robertson, believes that the negative perception of his father was politically motivated and driven by left-leaning websites.
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