The National Interest Magazine points out that Gbagbo had other unexpected allies, however, of a different ideological strain. Republican Senator James Inhofe is involved in the evangelical Christian National Prayer Breakfast - as is Gbagbo - and he called for new elections. Radical Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson also supported Gbagbo:
The U.N. has said the other guy won. Well, that may be, but the problem is that this is a country now that has been run by a Christian that is going to be into the hands of Muslims. So it’s one more Muslim nation that’s going to be building up that ring of Shariah law around the Middle East.