'These people are lunatics’: Pro-Trump congressman accused of ‘blasphemy’ after comparing Trump to Jesus Christ

'These people are lunatics’: Pro-Trump congressman accused of ‘blasphemy’ after comparing Trump to Jesus Christ
Images via Wikimedia Commons / Gage Skidmore.

The fact that most Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives are all in for President Donald Trump was evident on Wednesday as the House was leading up to a vote on two articles of impeachment. But some Republicans were more ridiculous in their pro-Trump statements than others, and Rep. Barry Loudermilk of Georgia event went so far as to compare Trump’s impeachment to the persecution of Jesus Christ.


During his rant on the House floor, Loudermilk angrily told fellow House members: “Before you take this historic vote today, one week before Christmas, I want you to keep this in mind: when Jesus was falsely accused of treason, Pontius Pilate gave Jesus the opportunity to face his accusers. During that sham trial, Pontius Pilate afforded more rights to Jesus than the Democrats have afforded this president in this process.”

Loudermilk’s buffoonish comments are being slammed on Twitter. Comedian John Fuselsang posted, “Now they’re actually comparing Trump to Jesus. The only things DT has in common with JC is that they both hung out with hookers & used ghost writers.”

@ElizabethWiggs offered some humorous biblical analysis as well, tweeting, “Trump would have separated Jesus from Mary, put him in a cage, and denied him a flu vaccine.” And @CairoTiger posted, “Does this mean he's going to be crucified ... literally? If he rises on the third day, does that mean the Zombie Apocalypse has begun?”

While @amusic5150 noted that “Trump sure doesn't walk on water or turn the other cheek!,” Lyn Reynolds-John, @attylyn32, wondered, “I hope that causes some evangelicals to think twice about supporting the GOP.”

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

Close
alternet logo

Tough Times

Demand honest news. Help support AlterNet and our mission to keep you informed during this crisis.