Pat Robertson on Bobby Jindal: "Wouldn't it be great if we had a president who was a former Hindu from India?"

The aged televangelist is really a big fan of that nice young governor of Louisiana (who was born in the U.S.)

Published August 4, 2014 9:33PM (EDT)

Pat Robertson
Pat Robertson

The 2016 presidential election is still quite a ways away, but it looks like Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has got the inside track when it comes to securing that most coveted of endorsements — that of "700 Club" host and former presidential candidate Pat Robertson.

During Monday's edition of his seemingly never-ending show, Robertson introduced a short profile of Jindal by noting his "Indian background" as well as his rumored interest in running for president.

Once the segment — a complete puff piece that featured Jindal spouting right-wing pablum about religious liberty under "assault" and the world-historic awesomeness of the United States — was completed, Robertson continued to speak positively of Jindal, describing the seriously unpopular governor as "an amazing man."

Getting a little ahead of himself with enthusiasm, Robertson then wondered, "Wouldn’t it be great if we had a president who was a former Hindu from India?" That, Robertson noted, would make a "great story."

While it's true that Jindal was at one time a Hindu, the conservative Catholic, having been born in the U.S., has always been an American citizen. And that's pretty good, so far as Jindal's presidential ambitions are concerned; the Constitution mandates that only a "natural-born citizen" can be president of the United States.

Check out Pat Robertson getting fired up for Jindal 2016 below, via Right Wing Watch:

By Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a former Salon staff writer.

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