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.”
Rep. Loudermilk: “When Jesus was falsely accused of treason, Pontius Pilate gave Jesus the opportunity to face his accusers.” pic.twitter.com/HqlRYFMIaN
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) December 18, 2019
OMFG Rep. Loudermilk is right now comparing Trump to JESUS.
He is legit claiming that Jesus got more due process than Trump.
These people are lunatics. Complete lunatics.
It’s astonishing that they don’t see how totally off the rails they sound. Just astonishing.
— Elizabeth C. McLaughlin (@ECMcLaughlin) December 18, 2019
…and there it is. A Republican Representative just compared Trump to Jesus. The only thing Trump nails are adult film stars while his wife is taking care of their newborn. Just sayin’.#impeachment #ImpeachTrump
— Craig Rozniecki (@CraigRozniecki) December 18, 2019
Did that dumb motherfucker just compare Trump to Jesus and the Democrats to Pontius Pilate? #impeachmentday
— Unsettling Stories (@UnsettlingStory) December 18, 2019
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?”
Republicans are engaging in willful misinformation, peddling Russian propaganda, and actually stooping to comparing Donald Trump to Jesus Christ, all to cover up blatant crimes. This is beyond repugnant.
— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) December 18, 2019
Now they’re actually comparing Trump to Jesus.
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) December 18, 2019
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.”
Trump would have separated Jesus from Mary, put him in a cage, and denied him a flu vaccine.
— Elizabeth (@ElizabethWiggs) December 18, 2019
And as several folks are pointing out, Congressman BARRY LOUDERMILK compared Donald Trump to Jesus during his floor speech.
“The Bible. It’s going to be HUGE.” https://t.co/wImIAuhKrF
— Zac Petkanas (@Zac_Petkanas) December 18, 2019
“Pontius Pilot afforded more rights to Jesus than the Democrats have afforded this president.” – Loudermilk (R)
— Greg Shea (@GregSheaBoston) December 18, 2019
They’re comparing trump to Jesus. Oh fuckin hell this is pathetic. #impeachment
— Bromoish (@Bromoish) December 18, 2019
Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) is now comparing Congress to Pontius Pilot presiding over the trial of Jesus…that’s right-he’s comparing Trump to Jesus and Trump’s impeachment to the trial of Jesus. If he heads into a cruxifiction allegory, I’m outta here.😳
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) December 18, 2019
— Ana Lydia Monaco (@analydiamonaco) December 18, 2019
No this fool did not just compare Trump to Jesus I’m done I can’t deal the level of idiocy is just too much #ImpeachmentDay
— Treyshawn Porche (@rporchr2600) December 18, 2019
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.