Jim Bakker: ‘Cancel culture’ is the reason I went to prison

On Friday’s episode of The Jim Bakker Show, host Jim Bakker said that his past conviction and prison stint for fraud and conspiracy was an example of “cancel culture” before its time.

“They canceled me,” Bakker declared.

“Mainly it was the media, and the media got a Pulitzer Prize for putting me in prison,” he continued. “That’s what they do, they reward the enemies of the gospel. And the cancel culture, we had the largest ministry of its type in the world—Heritage USA—millions of people came there, and it was millions being saved around the world, and they literally took it away.”

According to Bakker, the federal government “produced video from my show video and edited it and put me in prison.”

“It was cancel culture,” he said later in the segment. “They did everything to cancel me. Everything to erase me.”

As Right Wing Watch points out, Bakker was convicted of 24 counts of fraud and conspiracy and sentenced to 45 years in prison.

“Bakker had raised these funds by selling ‘lifetime partnerships’ to viewers that entitled them to an annual free stay at his Heritage USA Christian theme park, but the number of partnerships sold far exceeded the park’s capacity and millions of dollars were diverted to fund Bakker’s own lavish lifestyle,” Right Wing Watch’s Kyle Mantyla writes. “Bakker’s sentence was subsequently reduced on appeal, and he was released from prison in 1994.”

Watch the video below, via Right Wing Watch:

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