Rep. Steve King is under fire for comparing his treatment from House colleagues over racist remarks to the suffering of Jesus Christ.
According to NBC news, King made the comparison on Tuesday while at a town hall meeting in Cherokee, Iowa.
King addressed an attendee’s comments on the current state of Christianity by alluding that his experience with Congress mirrors the persecution of Jesus.
“For all that I’ve been through, it seems even strange for me to say it, but I’m at a certain peace,” King said. “And it’s because of a lot of prayers for me.”
“And when I had to step down the floor of the House of Representatives and look up at those 400-and-some accusers, you know, we’ve just passed through Easter and Christ’s Passion, and I have a better insight into what he went through for us.”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
King added, “I’m grateful that we are the people that we are, that we have not only a strong Christian ethic here and a higher percentage of people that are true believers — we have all of that going for us — but also in our culture, and we don’t think about it very often, about how much our Christian faith echoes through who we are as a people.”
The representative isn’t new to controversial remarks. As far as the “insight” to Christ and “accusers” that King is referring to, King was unanimously reproved by members of his party, after his racially charged interview with The New York Times in January.
During the interview, King asked, how terms like “white nationalist” and “white supremacist” became “offensive.”
After receiving backlash, King claimed that he was misquoted and tried to retract his initial comments and take a stand against white supremacy.
“I reject white nationalism,” King said. I reject white supremacy. It’s not part of any of my ideology. I reject anyone who carries that ideology.”
Looks like members of the House were not here for his backpedaling because they snatched King’s committee assignments and GOP leaders have allegedly asked him to step down, despite his plans for re-election.