Earlier this month, Jim Bakker came under well-deserved fire when he was caught on tape billing a colloidal silver solution as a cure for coronavirus. In response, the attorneys general of the states of New York and Missouri, as well as the Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission, pressured him to stop billing this goo as a cure or treatment for coronavirus.
Under this sustained legal pressure, Bakker quietly pulled his silver solution from his online store on the night of March 9. Missouri, however, fully intends to pursue a civil suit that it filed against him to make him think twice about hawking this goo again.
Well, on Tuesday, Bakker put to rest any question about whether it would return. But he did so in typical style. He claimed that he was being targeted by demons.
On Tuesday’s edition of “The Jim Bakker Show,” Bakker made his first public comments since the controversy over his “Silver Sol” broke. People for the American Way’s Right Wing Watch got a clip.
Bakker claimed that “certain government agencies” had claimed that some of his guests had made statements that could potentially “give the wrong impression” about what Silver Sol could do for COVID-19. Although he disagreed with the agencies’ view, he felt compelled to “stay away from even the appearance of evil” and pull Silver Sol from the market “after prayerful thought.”
Bakker maintained that he’d sold this goo for a decade without any trouble, but thought it was best to keep from even appearing to mislead his partners. But let’s look at the video that triggered this furor, shall we? Right Wing Watch got a clip from the February 12 show.
On that show, Bakker and naturopathic doctor Sherrill Sellman claimed that Silver Sol could wipe out all trace of coronavirus from the body within hours. Awfully hard to misinterpret that, Jim.
Bakker then went on to say that he believed this was evidence that there was “warfare in this country.” Translation–the devil didn’t want this being sold, and was working overtime to stop him. We expected Bakker to take this line. After all, with career officials at the federal level and a Democratic state attorney general coming after him, it would be easy to spin this as a Democrat and deep state “WITCH HUNT!”
But Missouri’s attorney general, Eric Schmitt, is a conservative Republican. Indeed, Schmitt’s lawsuit, plus the threat of an injunction that could shut his online store down, was likely what made Bakker pull this goo off the market. So that argument doesn’t withstand serious analysis.
It’s hard to believe Bakker doesn’t know this. But he did so anyway. Then again, such little things as facts never got in his way before.
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