Evangelist Pat Robertson on Monday said Donald TrumpDonald TrumpVirginia GOP gubernatorial nominee acknowledges Biden was 'legitimately' elected Biden meets with DACA recipients on immigration reform Overnight Health Care: States begin lifting mask mandates after new CDC guidance | Walmart, Trader Joe's will no longer require customers to wear masks | CDC finds Pfizer, Moderna vaccines 94 percent effective in health workers MORE won the second presidential debate of 2016, comparing the Republican presidential nominee to the mythical Phoenix.


“Let's face it. A guy does something 11 years ago. There's a conversation in Hollywood where he’s trying to look like he’s macho,” Robertson said on "The 700 Club."

“And 11 years after that, they surface it from The Washington Post or whatever, bring it out within 30 days or so of the election, and this is supposed to be the death blow and everybody writes him off. ‘OK, he’s dead. Now you’ve got to get out of the way and let [GOP vice presidential nominee] Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceSimon & Schuster CEO Jonathan Karp defends Pence book deal: report Gohmert says Jan. 6 mob attack on Capitol not an 'armed insurrection' House Democrats unveil .9 billion bill to boost security after insurrection MORE run the campaign,' " he continued.

“The Donald says no. ... He’s like the Phoenix. They think he’s dead. He’s come back. And he came back strong. So, he won that debate.”

Robertson was referring to a tape from 2005 that surfaced last week. In it, Trump describes how he could grope and kiss women without their consent because of his celebrity status.

During Sunday night's debate, Tump brushed off those comments as "locker room talk." 

Since the tape was released, however, Trump has faced backlash from many Republicans. Some lawmakers have rescinded their support for the GOP nominee, and others have called for him to drop out of the presidential race.

Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanBiden's relationship with top House Republican is frosty The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Facebook upholds Trump ban; GOP leaders back Stefanik to replace Cheney Budowsky: Liz Cheney vs. conservatives in name only MORE, for example, said on Monday that he will no longer defend or campaign for the GOP nominee. But the Wisconsin Republican did not rescind his endorsement.

Robertson's pronouncement flies in the face of a CNN/ORC post-debate poll that found Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats say it's up to GOP to stop Trump 2024 Hillary Clinton to speak at Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders summit More than half of eligible Latinos voted in 2020, setting record MORE emerged as the debate winner. That poll found that 57 percent of debate-watchers thought the Democratic nominee won, compared with 34 percent who said the same of Trump.

Clinton has also opened up a double-digit lead over Trump in a new poll conducted after the tape's release.